Postgraduate programme

  Postgraduate programme

BA Hons (Religion)

Admission requirements

Bachelor's degree with Religion, Theology or Biblical Studies as a major, or an undergraduate degree in Education (BEd or BA Ed), or other relevant qualification on the same level in any of the areas of specialisation listed below.

Note that students with no undergraduate qualification in Religion, Theology or Biblical Studies will be required to do RPL (Recognition of Previous Learning).

An average of 65% in the previous qualification

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.

Duration of Hons programme 

1-year full time or 2 -years part-time

 

MA (Biblical Studies) Research

Admission requirements

The minimum requirement for registration as a Master student in Biblical Studies is 65% for a Biblical or Religion Studies Honours or equivalent qualification 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. 

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.

Duration of MA programme 

1-year full time and 2 years part-time

Contact details 

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


MA (Semitic Languages and Cultures) Research

Admission requirements

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

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.

Duration of MA programme

1-year full time and 2 years part-time

Contact details

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

 

DLitt et Phil (Biblical and Christian Studies)

Admission requirements

The minimum requirement for registration as a doctoral student in Biblical and Christian Studies is a 65% for a Master's Degree in Biblical or Christian Studies or equivalent qualification, 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.

A doctoral study is assessed on the basis of a doctoral thesis in the traditional format or in the form of a collection of articles and essays. The Faculty Rules and Regulations, approved by Senate, however, determine that an oral defense or Viva Voce forms part of the academic requirements for the qualification. The submission of two pieces of work suitable for publication in a peer-reviewed publication, based on the thesis, is a prerequisite for granting of the degree.

Brief description of programme

The DLitt et Phil (Biblical and Christian 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 Old Testament/New Testament (or both), or Christian Studies building on the specialisation level reached on Master's level.

Duration of programme

The minimum duration of a doctoral programme is two academic years (part-time or full time). The maximum period of registration for a doctoral programme is four years full time or five years part-time.

Contact details

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

 

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 are required.

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.

Duration of programme

The minimum duration of a doctoral programme is two academic years (part-time or full time). The maximum period of registration for a doctoral programme is four years full time or five years part-time.

Contact details

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