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BAHons (Religion)

Admission requirements: Religion 3 or equivalent qualification in any of the areas of specialisation listed below is a prerequisite.

Duration of programme: 1-year full time or 2 -years part-time

How to apply

 Find the application form hereSend us the completed internal departmental application after your online application has been completed. 

Note: No application will be accepted without the internal application form.

Contact details: Name: Ms Charlene Louw / Tel: 559 3259 / Email: clouw@uj.ac.za

Brief description of programme:

The Honours programme may be taken with a specific focus in the following areas of specialisation or in combination:

Critical Issues in the Study of Religion: The Divine in Religions; Religions and Science; Method and Theory in the Study of Religion; Liberation Theologies in Religions.

Christianity: The Context of Early Christianity; The Bible as Literature and Text; The Christian Tradition; Christianity and Contemporary Issues; African Theologies and Christianities; Christianity, Gender and Sexuality.

Study of Islam: Studies in Hadith; Islam and Gender; Islamic Spiritual Traditions; Selected Arabic Texts (Tafsir); The Qur'an and its Major Themes; The Shari'ah and Constitutional Democracies; Critical Issues in Contemporary Islam

Africa and Religions: African Spirituality; Ecology and Religions in Africa; Indigenous Religions, Christianity and Islam in Africa; Religion, Decoloniality and Human Rights.

Judaism – Aramaic and Judaica Related Themes: Biblical Texts; Mishnah and Talmud; Targums and Interpretative Texts; Judaism and Contemporary Issues.

MA (Biblical Studies) Research

Admission requirements: Biblical Studies Honours or equivalent qualification is a prerequisite as well as the general university entrance requirements for the Master's programme. Greek or Hebrew up to second-year level may be required depending on the field of study and research.

Duration of programme: 2 years part-time and 1-year full time

Contact details: Name: Prof L Nortjé-Meyer / Tel: 011 559 2733 / Email: lillynm@uj.ac.za

Brief description of programme

This area encompasses a research dissertation on a theme from the Old Testament (OT) or New Testament (NT) or a combination of themes from the OT and NT. The master's programme is by nature an advanced study in either the OT or NT building on the knowledge within the fields already obtained on Honours level.

The programme a dissertation on a theme from the Old Testament or New Testament.

MA (Semitic Languages and Cultures) Research

Admission requirements: To be admitted to this programme, a BA Honours in Semitic Languages, or equivalent qualification, is required.

Duration of programme: 2 years part-time

Contact details: Prof F Esack / Tel: 011 559 2787 / Email: fesack@uj.ac.za

Brief description of programme
A dissertation where students focus on a topic from the field of Arabic, Islamic Studies, Hebrew (including Jewish Studies) or a cognate Semitic language selected in consultation with the Department must be written under supervision.

DLitt et Phil (Biblical and Christian Studies)

Admission requirements: A Master's Degree in Biblical Studies or equivalent qualification is a prerequisite, as well as the general University entrance requirements for the Doctoral programme. Greek or Hebrew up to second-year level may be required depending on the field of study and research.

Duration of programme: 3 years full time and 6 years part-time

Contact details: Name: Prof L Nortjé-Meyer / Tel: 011 559 2733 / Email: lilynm@uj.ac.za

Brief description of programme:

The DLitt et Phil (Biblical Studies) programme is a research programme, comprising predominantly theoretical work, and normally does not require work-based learning or vocational training. The Doctoral programme is by nature an advanced specialisation in either OT or

NT (or both), building on the specialisation level already reached on Master's level.

The programme is a thesis on a theme from the Old or New Testament or both.

DLitt et Phil (Study of Islam)

Admission requirements: To be admitted to this programme, students must fulfill the Department's admission requirements and prove adequate knowledge of research methodology. Supplementary oral examinations might be required.

Duration of programme: 3 years

Contact details: Name: Prof F Esack / Tel: 011 559 2787 / Email: fesack@uj.ac.za

Brief description of programme

A thesis is completed on a topic chosen with the Department and written under supervision. Students focus on a topic from the field of Arabic, Islamic Studies, Hebrew (including Jewish Studies) or a cognate Semitic Language. Four seminars and a Doctoral defense (of either the proposal or the thesis) are required in accordance with the general regulations of the Faculty of Humanities.