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The MTh in Theological Ethics is a new degree programme designed to introduce students to the rich tradition of Christian moral thought with the aim of understanding and contributing to contemporary ethical debates in Church and society.

Courses will familiarise students with the work of a select number of master practitioners such as Augustine, Luther, Bonhoeffer and Hauerwas rather than offering encyclopaedic knowledge or the latest intellectual fashions.Our emphasis on in-depth study of great theologians serves the overall purpose of increasing the analytic rigour and depth of thinking about contemporary debates. The programme is open to students hoping to continue into doctoral work as well as those whose prior knowledge and experience is in other fields, but who have an interest in ethical questions and need an introduction to core themes and traditions in Christian moral thought.

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Programme Co-ordinator: Dr Mike Mawson
School of Divinity, History and Philosophy
King’s College
University of Aberdeen
AB24 3UB
United Kingdom



The MTh in Theological Ethics consists of the following components:

  • Two courses in Theological Ethics. Options may include
    • Great Thinkers in Theological Ethics
    • Creation and Christian Ethics
    • Bioethics: Theological Reflections
  • Two further courses in Theology. Options may include
    • Exploring Spirituality, Health and Healing
    • Systematic Theology Since the Enlightenment
    • The Christian Doctrine of God
  • Theological Ethics Seminar
    All staff, doctoral students and MTh students in the Theological Ethics area participate in a weekly seminar that covers fundamental texts in moral theology in the Christian tradition.
  • Dissertation
    A dissertation on a topic of the student's choosing supervised by a staff member.

Academic requirements
Candidates must normally have an Honours degree to at least 2.1 standard in an appropriate discipline or equivalent qualifications and experience.

Language 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


Full details of tuition fees is available here


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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