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Programme structure: Religion (MA) - what's running in 2020/21

Unit name Unit code Credit points Status Teaching Block
Students take the dissertation unit and follow one of the two pathways
Dissertation THRSM0025 60 Mandatory AYEAR
BUDDHIST STUDIES PATHWAY students must take two core units totalling 40 credit points:
Buddhism: The Foundations THRSM0015 20 Optional TB-1
Introduction to Sanskrit 1 THRSM0097 20 Optional TB-1
THEOLOGY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES PATHWAY students must take two core units totalling 40 credit points:
Buddhism: The Foundations THRSM0015 20 Optional TB-1
The History of Christianity: Core Texts THRSM0001 20 Optional TB-1
All students then choose 80 credit points of optional units from the following (if selecting a language students must take 40 credit points of that language, this includes Sanskrit):
Atheism THRSM0107 20 Optional TB-1
Buddhism in Practice THRSM0118 20 Optional TB-1
Buddhist Psychology and Mental Health THRSM0105 20 Optional TB-2
Comparative Religions: Themes and Methods THRSM0119 20 Optional TB-4
Sex, Marriage, and Deviance in the Medieval and Early Modern Eras THRSM0109 20 Optional TB-2
The Dead Sea Scrolls and Scripture THRSM0132 20 Optional TB-2
The Origins and Development of Zen Buddhism THRSM0028 20 Optional TB-2
Vatican II and Post-conciliar Roman Catholic Debates in Theology THRSM0123 20 Optional TB-1
Introduction to Sanskrit 1 THRSM0097 20 Optional TB-1
Introduction to Sanskrit 2 THRSM0098 20 Optional TB-2
Personal Option Unit AFACM0007 20 Optional TB-1,TB-2
Supervised Individual Study AFACM0008 20 Optional TB-1,TB-2
The Public Role of the Humanities HUMSM0002 20 Optional TB-2
Medieval Religion: Christianity and Islam THRSM0134 20 Optional TB-1
Or any 20 credit point unit available from across the Faculty of Arts
MA   180      

Progression/award requirements

The pass mark set by the University for any level 7(M) unit is 50 out of 100.

For detailed rules on progression please see the Regulations and Code of Practice for Taught Programmes and the relevant faculty handbook.

Exit awards

All taught masters programmes, unless exempted by Senate, must allow the opportunity for students to exit from the programme with a postgraduate diploma or certificate.

To be awarded a postgraduate diploma, students must have successfully completed 120 credit points, of which 90 must be at level M/7.

To be awarded a postgraduate certificate, students must have successfully completed 60 credit points, of which 40 must be at level M/7.

Degree classifications:

An award with Merit or Distinction is permitted for postgraduate taught masters, diplomas and certificates, where these are specifically named entry-level qualifications. An award with Merit or Distinction is not permitted for exit awards where students are required to exit the programme on academic grounds. An exit award with Merit or Distinction may be permitted where students are prevented by exceptional circumstances from completing the intended award.

The classification of the award in relation to the final programme mark is as follows:

Award with Distinction*: at least 65 out of 100 for the taught component overall and, for masters awards, at least 70 out of 100 for the dissertation. **Faculties retain discretion to increase these thresholds.

Award with Merit*: at least 60 out of 100 for the taught component overall and, for masters awards, at least 60 out of 100 for the dissertation. Faculties retain discretion to increase these thresholds.

* The MA in Law has separate regulations for awarding distinction and merit.

** For the award of Distinction, the Faculty of Engineering requires at least 70 out of 100 for the taught component overall and, for masters awards, at least 70 out of 100 for the dissertation.

Diploma/certificate stages:

All taught masters programmes, unless exempted by Senate, must allow the opportunity for students to choose, or be required, to leave at the postgraduate diploma or certificate stage.

To be awarded a postgraduate diploma, students must have successfully completed 120 credit points, of which 90 must be at level M/7.

To be awarded a postgraduate certificate, students must have successfully completed 60 credit points, of which 40 must be at level M/7.

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