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York St John University
MA in Theology & Religious Studies 
Summer 2012
Hello and welcome to the Summer issue of the Theology postgraduate newsletter. This is an overview of some important dates, times, and news that you need to be aware of.
From the Head of Programme
'2012 looks set to be a memorable year in the UK, though whether we remember it in years to come for the Diamond Jubilee, the Olympics, or the awful weather is open to question! ...'

Please find below a link to the full note from the Head of Programme with information about staff changes, a change to the University fee structure and changes to the postgraduate modules.

Andrew_Village_Note_MATRS_Newsletter_July_2012.pdf >>
New Academic Year
Each September all new and continuing students must complete their enrolment online via the University system e:Vision. To read more about online enrolment follow the relevant link below.
For further help and guidance contact the Postgraduate Programme admin team either via email at or phone 01904 876462.
Modules in 2012/13
Please note that in September you will be required to choose your modules for the whole academic year. You will need to inform us of your choices by completing an online form:
We continue to shape and develop modules in our programme.
Islam in Contemporary Western Society In the new academic year we are pleased to offer this new module within our Religion & Public Life strand. We plan to deliver this module in Term 3 on Thursday evenings.
Late submission - IMPORTANT CHANGES!
The deferral practices on the programme have been reviewed and updated to abide by the University late submission policies. Therefore please note that although we still would like to offer our students as much flexibility and leeway as possible the deferrals will be granted at the discretion of the Head of Programme for a capped mark if there are no mitigating circumstances to support the request.
2012/13 Programme Handbook
It is important to note that we do not issue printed documents such as handbooks, instead the current handbook can be accessed via Moodle, our Virtual Learning Environment. You will need to use the YSJ username and password to log in.
2012/13 Programme Handbook will be available in September 2012 from the MA Students Programme area. If you do not have the MAT&RS (Students) area visible when you log into Moodle please let the Postgraduate Admin Team know at or phone 01904876462.
Student Support in 2012/13
Welcome Day 29th September 2012
Once again we will be offering a Welcome Day at the start of the academic year. This year it will be held on Saturday 29th September from 9am to 1pm. 
Attendance is compulsory for all new students, and recommended to any students who missed the induction last year.
There will be material about the programme, about studying at postgraduate level and about using University online resources and tools. The administration team will be on hand to help with any queries about enrolment or the programme generally.

MA Support Sessions
A number of additional evening sessions will be held to help all students on the programme. They are compulsory to new full time students but all new students are urged to attend.
Annual Postgraduate Conference 2nd March 2013
The theme for 2013 conference is 'Peace and Reconciliation' and the keynote speaker will be Dr George Wilkes, Research Fellow at the School of Divinity, Edinburgh University.  The conference will take place at York St John on Saturday 2nd March 2013.

More details and booking >>
From our students and alumni
We are always looking for students to contribute to the newsletter. You might want to comment on your experience while studying, mention something that you found particularly insteresting, or share what studying on the programme has led to subsequently. Please send material to the Postgraduate Administration Team at and we will publish it in our next newsletter.breaker
John Edwards, who graduated in July 2009, wanted to share his comments with us on his experience on the programme in an unusual way.
Annual Programme Evaluation
Each year we review the programme and make an action plan for improvements. This review takes in evaluations from staff and students on particular modules but we also like to get overall impressions of the programme.

To do this we ask ALL students to complete a short on-line anonymous survey. This takes just a few moments but it greatly helps us to identify the areas we need to address in the coming year.

Please complete it now and no later than 24th August 2012.

Next TRS Postgraduate Programme Newsletter
Do you have programme related news that you would like to be included in the next issue (out January 2013)?

Please let us know at by 30 November 2012
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Postgraduate Admin Team
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& Agnieszka Jackowska-Moore
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Important Dates

Programme Evaluation
24th August 2012
Enrolment/ Re-enrolment-
September 2012
Welcome Day -
29th September 2012
Term 1 -
2nd October 2012 - 14th December 2012
Graduation Ceremony - 15th November 2012
Support Sessions -
10th October 2012
24th October 2012
31st October 2012
28th November 2012
16th January 2013
30th January 2013
20th February 2013
Assessment -
Resits/late submissions dissertations by 27th July 2012
2011/12 Term 3 work submission by 31st August 2012
provisional marks and feedback available on Moodle 30th September
Subject Assessment Panel meeting 10th October 2012
Next Newsletter  -
January 2013
Ebor Lectures
The St Wilfrid Lectures 2012
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