Professional Doctorate in Interfaith Studies and Harmony Doctoral Scholarships
University of Wales Trinity Saint David (Lampeter Campus)
The University of Wales Trinity Saint David, in collaboration with the International Federation of Interfaith and Intercultural Dialogue and the Chin Kung Multicultural Education Foundation, have established a Professional Doctorate in Interfaith Studies that will be offered for the first time in October 2017. In addition, applications are invited for up to 25 funded Harmony Doctoral Scholarships (the terms for the scholarships are outlined below).
The programme is designed to encourage students to deepen their understanding of a specialist area or interest, by locating and embedding their research within the wider study framework of interfaith dialogue and interfaith studies. The aim is to provide an academic environment where students will be able to engage with and connect their own research interests with others, within and across different faith communities and religious traditions and positions, as a means of furthering greater understanding, cross-community and cross-religious engagement. The programme has the following general and specific aims:
- To develop an interfaith research agenda based upon an exploration of the similarities and differences to be found amongst and between religions and religious texts.
- To analyse and evaluate the world’s religious texts and traditions in order to establish a clearer understanding of the underlying theological and ethical correspondence and dissonance between them.
- To combine focused research into the world’s faiths and religious traditions, with an appreciation of the potential interfaith connection and dialogue between different traditions.
- To root the programme in a variety of religious and cultural contexts, including the cultural heritage and contemporary setting in Wales.
- To establish, through close theological, historical and textual study, a greater awareness and understanding of different religious traditions, faith and beliefs.
Programme Structure and Content
The Professional Doctorate comprises of two parts. Part One is the taught component, made up of the delivery of taught modules (180 credits in total) over 12 months (full-time) or 24 months (part-time), starting in October 2017. Part Two is research focused and is completed by presentation of a thesis/porfolio within two years (full-time) or four years (part-time) of progression from Part One.
Part One will consist of 90 credits of compulsory taught modules and a further 90 credits of optional modules (see below for details). Each module is worth 30 credits. The programme is designed to enable students to acquire a solid understanding of research approaches and methodologies in interfaith studies, as well as a sophisticated knowledge of different religions and religious traditions. In particular, students will acquire a firm grounding in interfaith hermeneutics, a good grasp of interdisciplinary methods and approaches, and a broad understanding of the data management skills required to analyse a large body of material. It also offers students a broad grounding in different faith traditions and religions, as a means of encouraging interfaith dialogue and engagement, in developing an interfaith exploration of common and different faith elements and positions, and in generating new cross–faith understandings and insights.
For Part Two students will undertake a Research portfolio comprising a research proposal and a 60,000-word thesis, based upon advanced research in the area of interfaith studies. Part Two is examined through presentation of the portfolio and a viva on the thesis. Each student will have a Director of Studies and regular meetigs will be arranged with the full supervisory team (Director of Studies and second supervisor).
Part One: Compulsory Modules
|Methods and Approaches in Interfaith Studies||30 credits|
|Exploring Hermeneutics from an Interfaith Perspective||30 credits|
|Project in Interfaith Studies||30 credits|
Part One: Optional Modules
Students will select THREE of the following modules:
|Confucianism and Taoism||30 credits|
|Judaism: Texts and Traditions||30 credits|
|Christianity: Texts and Traditions||30 credits|
|Principles and Roots of Islam||30 credits|
|Buddhism: Texts and Traditions||30 credits|
Teaching and Learning: Methods and Contact Time
- Each module will be delivered residentially on the Lampter campus by the University’s staff in Theology and Religious Studies. Teaching will consist of formal lectures, seminars, small discussion groups, one-to-one tutorials, as well as discussion in weekly research seminars. Students will also be expected to attend regular research lectures and workshops, and to offer papers and talks on their work; students will therefore contribute to the overall research environment of the Faculty and work alongside other research students in related fields and subject areas.
- Each module in Part One will provide at least three hours of contact time per week (during the teaching term), which, together with research seminars and lectures by external speakers, will require full-time students to be on campus for at least three days per week. Full-time students will be required to attend all scheduled classes. Some modules will be taught in one semester, others over two semesters; on average, full-time students will follow three modules per semester. Part One will extend over twelve months (early October until the end of September), thus allowing students a full year to complete all the module assessments for Part One.
- The programme will also be available on a part-time basis; part-time students will be expected to follow three modules (90 credits) per academic year over two years.
- All modules in Part One will be supported by electronic means through the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE – Moodle). Students will have access to teaching material for all modules, such as PowerPoint slides, reading lists and recordings of lectures.
- Modules in Part One will be assessed through a variety of methods, including essays, textual analyses, book reviews, oral presentations, but not formal written examinations.
- Supervision for the research portfolio in Part Two will consist of regular supervisory meetings with the Director of Studies and the full supervisory team.