Find a Degree Postgraduate Taught Programmes Biblical Studies

Key Facts

Study Modes
Full-time (12 months)
Part-time (24 months)
Entry Date
September
Learning Mode
On-campus Learning
Qualifications
MLitt
PgDip

Programme Details

The University of Aberdeen has a long-standing reputation as one of the foremost UK research institutions in Biblical Studies. An MTh in Biblical Studies prepares students for PhD studies or other career options. It offers the students a firm basis for working in the field of Old Testament/Hebrew Bible and New Testament Studies, whether in an academic, religious or other setting. The programme is largely research-oriented and Aberdeen offers internationally recognised experts among its permanent staff in a broad range of sub-disciplines. As an additional benefit, our Divinity School has a large postgraduate community so there are several vibrant postgraduate research seminars open to students and staff.

If you would like to take the MTh in Biblical Studies as a one year (full time) research degree, please see the MTh and MLitt by Research page for more information.

Aims

The programme is designed to provide advanced training in Biblical Studies to students with a significant undergraduate, seminary or comparable background in biblical or related studies. Through seminar-style courses and directed research, students can acquire the skills and knowledge required for independent postgraduate research and teaching in this field. The programme offers students a firm basis for work in the area of Old Testament/Hebrew Bible and/or New Testament studies, whether in an academic, religious or other settings.

Contact Information

Application queries: dhp-pgs@abdn.ac.uk

Course queries:
Programme Co-ordinator: Dr Tomas Bokedal
School of Divinity, History and Philosophy
King’s College
University of Aberdeen
Aberdeen
AB24 3UB
United Kingdom
Email: t.bokedal@abdn.ac.uk
Telephone: +44 (0) 1224 27 2365

Syllabus

The programme is comprised of three main elements:

  • Research training: All students will attend a dissertation colloquium, or alternatively choose an elective module from the list of available courses.
  • Coursework: All students taking the MTh in Biblical Studies must successfully complete three courses. The three required courses will normally be chosen from postgraduate level seminars in Biblical Studies, though another course offered by the School may be substituted if it suits a student's research particularly well. Such possibly relevant offerings outside Biblical Studies vary from year to year, but typically include aspects of church history, historical and doctrinal theology, systematic theology, general history and philosophy. The School also regularly offers Latin, Latin palaeography, and vernacular palaeography courses. Provision may also be made for the study of languages relevant to specific research projects. Tuition in Akkadian, Arabic, Aramaic, Coptic, Classical Greek, Syriac, Ugaritic, or other languages is subject to staff availability.
  • Dissertation: Under the guidance of a faculty adviser, each student will write a 20,000-word dissertation on an agreed topic.

Assessment

The taught courses will be assessed by coursework, by written examination, or by a combination of these, as prescribed for each course. The dissertation course will be assessed by submission of the dissertation. An oral examination may be held at the discretion of the Examiners.

The degree of MTh shall not be awarded to candidates who fail to complete the dissertation at an appropriate standard, irrespective of their performance in other courses; such candidates may, at the discretion of the Examiners, be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma.

Academic requirements
In general, an upper second class Honours degree or equivalent in Divinity or Religious Studies or an equivalent degree is required - including two years of Greek and preferably one year of Hebrew as well.

Language requirements
For international students, proof of proficiency in English is required. The accepted certificates and minimum scores are listed as follows:

  • IELTS test overall score of 6.5, with a writing and reading score of 6.0 and a listening and speaking score of 5.5
  • TOEFL overall score of 90, with a writing and reading score of 21, a listening score of 17 and a speaking score of 20
  • PTE Academic Test overall score of 62 with a writing and reading score of 54 and a listening and speaking score of 51

English Requirements

For international students, proof of proficiency in English may be required. The accepted certificates and minimum scores are listed as follows:

  • IELTS test overall score of 6.5, with a writing and reading score of 6.0 and a listening and speaking score of 5.5
  • TOEFL overall score of 90, with a writing and reading score of 21, a listening score of 17 and a speaking score of 20
  • PTE Academic Test overall score of 62 with a writing and reading score of 54 and a listening and speaking score of 51

Fees

Full details of tuition fees is available here

Funding

Prospective students should visit the University's Postgraduate Funding Database

University of Aberdeen Alumni Discount Scheme

The University of Aberdeen is very pleased to offer a 20% discount on postgraduate tuition fees for all alumni who have graduated with a degree from the University of Aberdeen.

The Alumni Discount Scheme applies to both home and overseas students, and applies to the self-funding element of the postgraduate tuition fee. This is the element of tuition fee which you are paying yourself and does not cover the element of tuition fee which is covered by a scholarship, funding body, your employer, a company, or any another source of funding. The Alumni Discount applies only to the tuition fee element and does not apply to any other costs such as additional programme costs or research costs. More Information can be found here.

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Student Recruitment & Admissions Service
University of Aberdeen
The Hub
King's College
ABERDEEN AB24 3TU

Tel: +44 (0)1224 272090 / +44 (0)1224 272091
Fax: +44 (0)1224 272576
Email: sras@abdn.ac.uk