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Programme structure: Religion (MA) - what's running in 2018/19

Please note: It is possible that the information shown for future academic years may change due to developments in the relevant academic field. Optional unit availability varies depending on both staffing and student choice.

Unit name Unit code Credit points Status
Students take the dissertation unit and follow one of the two pathways:
Dissertation THRSM0025 60 Mandatory
BUDDHIST STUDIES PATHWAY students must take two core units:
Buddhism: The Foundations THRSM0015 20 Optional
Introduction to Sanskrit 1 THRSM0097 20 Optional
THEOLOGY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES PATHWAY students must take two core units:
Buddhism: The Foundations THRSM0015 20 Optional
Buddhist Psychology and Mental Health THRSM0105 20 Optional
The History of Christianity: Core Texts THRSM0001 20 Optional
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):
Introduction to Sanskrit 1 THRSM0097 20 Optional
Introduction to Sanskrit 2 THRSM0098 20 Optional
Sex, Marriage, and Deviance in the Medieval and Early Modern Eras THRSM0109 20 Optional
Death and Afterlife in Buddhism THRSM0112 20 Optional
Beyond the Battlefield: Environment and Conflict HUMSM0001 20 Optional
The Public Role of the Humanities HUMSM0002 20 Optional
Personal Option Unit AFACM0007 20 Optional
Supervised Individual Study AFACM0008 20 Optional
Mahayana Buddhist Literature in East Asia THRSM0125 20 Optional
Esoteric Buddhism and the Tantras in East Asia THRSM0126 20 Optional
The Individual and Community: Letters in the Middle Ages THRSM0128 20 Optional
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.

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.

Additional progress information

The award of an MA with Merit in the Faculty of Arts requires at least 60 out of 100 for the taught component and at least 65 out of 100 for the dissertation.

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