Introduction

The University of Aberdeen is following Scottish Government Guidelines in relation to the Covid-19 pandemic. This includes adhering to physical distancing measures to support a safe environment for our staff and students. Therefore for programmes with a January 2021 start date the programme structure and delivery method may differ slightly from that listed on this page. Find out more about January 2021 study with us .

The Master of Theology (MTh) in Divinity allows students to choose either a specialist or a more generalist study route. Depending on the combination of courses taken, students can graduate with either the more general MTh Divinity or a specialist degree in one of the following subject areas: MTh Biblical Studies, MTh Church History, MTh Systematic Theology, or MTh Theological Ethics.

Study Information

Study Options

Learning Mode
On Campus Learning
Degree Qualification
MTh
Duration
12 months or 24 months
Study Mode
Full Time or Part Time
Start Month
January or September

The University of Aberdeen has an international reputation for excellence in the study of Christian Theology and the Department of Divinity is a leading centre of biblical and theological training and research. On entry to the MTh in Divinity, you will join a lively, collegial, international and ecumenical community.

Available Programmes of Study

Divinity

Qualification Duration Learning Mode Study Mode Start Month Location  
MTh 12 months or 24 months On Campus Learning Full Time or Part Time September View

Programme Information

Degree Content

Degree Content

Students who choose a specialisation route and who successfully complete all 180 credits, on approval by the School, will be able to graduate with one of the following degrees:

MTh Biblical Studies
MTh Church History
MTh Systematic Theology
MTh Theological Ethics

Students who choose not to specialise will graduate with an MTh in Divinity.

Part-time study runs over the course of two years. Up to 120 credit points can be taken in a single academic year, with students taking a maximum of 180 credits in total over the two years. Students on this route will also be able to select from the optional courses below.


Compulsory Courses

Students on the full-time route will be required to complete 120 credit points, 60 per half session, to be chosen from the list of course options below.

In addition, students must complete:

(DR552G) - Dissertation (60 Credits)

Dissertation (DR552G)

60 Credit Points

20,000 word dissertation written on a topic related to the student's taught Master's programme and agreed to by the supervisor and the programme co-ordinator.

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Great Thinkers in Theological Ethics (DR501Q)

30 Credit Points

Can properly theological ways of thinking and acting allow us to attend and respond to concrete challenges and problems confronting the world today? Or does theology continually (and inherently) tempt us to look above and beyond reality and its claims? This course is organised around a series of engagements with prominent modern theologians and their texts. In particular, we will engage this material with a particular view to questions of concreteness, embodiment, and identity.

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Jewish History and Culture (DR502V)

30 Credit Points

The course provides a survey of Jewish History (from the Persian and Hellenistic periods to the present day) and of Jewish culture (Jewish identity, rites and other aspects of religious life) through the ages. It provides students with a full overview of Judaism from its inception to the present.

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Special Subject (DR552X)

30 Credit Points

This course allows a student to do in-depth study in a specific area in Divinity or Religious Studies agreed upon with his or her supervisor and approved by the Head of School. It may be offered in conjunction with the student sitting in on level 4 lectures relating to the subject material.

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Special Subject (DR502X)

30 Credit Points

This course allows a student to do in-depth study in a specific area in Divinity or Religious Studies agreed upon with his or her supervisor and approved by the Head of School. It may be offered in conjunction with the student sitting in on level 4 lectures relating to the subject material.

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Recent Developments in New Testament Study (DR504T)

30 Credit Points

The course will efficiently deliver content specific to biblical studies, relevant to students who wish to graduate with the M.Th in Biblical Studies. The content of the course will be delivered through the New Testament research seminar, allowing for a high-level of research-led teaching to be achieved without significant additional workload for staff in the area.

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Topics in Systematic Theology: God, Christ, and Salvation (DR504U)

30 Credit Points

This course engages at length and in depth with the classic topics of God, Christ, and salvation in the Christian theological tradition, aiming to foster critical reflection on the scope and coherence of Christian teachings as well as on the defining concerns and conventions of Christian systematic theology, and to cultivate in students the interpretative and analytical skills required for advanced work in the discipline. In this course, students will engage intensively with one or more major texts from the Christian doctrinal tradition, with a particular focus on modern and contemporary sources.

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Creation and Christian Ethics (DR552T)

30 Credit Points

This course examines the account of creation in the biblical book of Genesis in order to explore the theological account of human moral action it offers. By exploring different movements of the creation story, the course lays out the basic structure of Christian moral theology. The aim is to develop a theological approach to the fundamentals of Christian ethics, clarifying its relevance for issues of sexuality and procreation, economics, work, governance, health, animals and the environment. The course offers a broad theoretical framework for thinking about the whole scope of ethical questions in contemporary society.

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Isaiah and the New Testament (DR554V)

30 Credit Points

This course will bridge OT/Hebrew Bible and New Testament studies by examining the book of Isaiah in its own right alongside Isaiah’s influence on and use by New Testament authors. It will introduce the student to major Isaianic themes and how they are reflected or reinterpreted in the NT. The student will also be equipped to critically consider various methodological approaches to the biblical material along with exploring issues of intertextuality, canonicity, and early Christian exegesis.

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Significant Movements in Church History (DR554W)

30 Credit Points

This course offers students the opportunity to explore in depth a period of church history from the patristic to the reformation period. It will critically analyse the contexts, causes, key figures and sources, and the resultant trajectories of particular historical ecclesiastical phenomena. Of note, alongside this will be the theological concerns at stake and the influence of given movements on wider Christian thought and practice.

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Topics in Systematic Theology: Spirit, Church, and World (DR554U)

30 Credit Points

This course engages at length and in pdeth with the classic topics of Spirit, church and world in the Christian theological tradition, aiming to foster critical reflection on the scope and coherence of Christian teaching as well as on the defining concerns and conventions of Christian systematic theology, and to cultivate in students the interpretative and analytical skills required for advanced work in the discipline. In this course, students will engage intensively with one or more major texts from the Christian doctrinal tradition, with a particular focus on modern and contemporary sources.

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Programme Fees

Fee information
Fee category Cost
EU / International students £18,400
Tuition Fees for 2021/22 Academic Year
Home / RUK £8,200
Tuition Fees for 2021/22 Academic Year
MTh 12 months or 24 months On Campus Learning Full Time or Part Time January View

Programme Information

Year 1

Year 1

Students on the full-time route will be required to complete 120 credit points, 60 per semester.

In order to graduate with a specialist degree, students must take at least 60 credits and focus on a dissertation topic from within the specialist subdiscipline.

Students who choose a specialisation route and who successfully complete all 180 credits, on approval by the School, will be able to graduate with one of the following degrees:

MTh Biblical Studies
MTh Church History
MTh Systematic Theology
MTh Theological Ethics

Students who choose not to specialise will graduate with an MTh in Divinity.

Part-time study runs over the course of two years. Up to 120 credit points can be taken in a single academic year, with students taking a maximum of 180 credits in total over the two years. Students on this route will also be able to select from the optional courses below.


Compulsory Courses
Dissertation (DR552G)

60 Credit Points

20,000 word dissertation written on a topic related to the student's taught Master's programme and agreed to by the supervisor and the programme co-ordinator.

View detailed information about this course

Optional Courses

DR504U Topics in Systematic Theology: God, Christ, and Salvation (30 credit points)
DR501Q Great Thinkers in Theological Ethics (30 credit points)
DR502V Jewish History and Culture (30 credit points)
DR504T Recent Developments in New Testament Studies (30 credit points)
DR552T Creation in Christian Ethics (30 credit points)
DR553N Topics in Systematic Theology: Spirit, Church, and World (30 credit points)
DR554V Isaiah and the New Testament (30 Credits)
DR554W Significant Movements in Church History (30 Credits)
DR502X/DR552X Special Subject (30 credit points)


Programme Fees

Fee information
Fee category Cost
Home Students £8,000
Tuition Fees for 2020/21 Academic Year
International Students £18,000
Tuition Fees for 2020/21 Academic Year
EU / International students £18,400
Tuition Fees for 2021/22 Academic Year
Home / RUK £8,200
Tuition Fees for 2021/22 Academic Year

We will endeavour to make all course options available; however, these may be subject to timetabling and other constraints. Please see our InfoHub pages for further information.

How You'll Study

Learning Methods

  • Individual Projects
  • Lectures
  • Research
  • Seminars
  • Tutorials

Assessment Methods

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

Why Study Divinity?

  • The MTh in Divinity allows academic flexibility, enabling students to determine their own path of study.
  • The University of Aberdeen has a reputation as one of the foremost research institutions in Theology, offering a variety of career options and further academic research.
  • Teaching on the programme is closely integrated with Aberdeen’s research expertise and offers access to internationally recognised scholars in a broad range of sub-disciplines.
  • Aberdeen’s Department of Divinity has a large postgraduate community and there are several vibrant postgraduate research seminars open to students and staff.
  • The Department of Divinity regularly hosts events and conferences through which you will gain access to a range of internationally renowned scholars.
  • The Department of Divinity is linked to a number of active research centres .
  • Our students come from across the globe and contribute to a diverse and multi-cultural context. 

Entry Requirements

For more information about the application process, including details about which supporting documents you will be asked to provide, please click here.

Qualifications

The information below is provided as a guide only and does not guarantee entry to the University of Aberdeen.

Candidates must normally have an Honours degree to at least 2.1 standard in an appropriate discipline or equivalent qualifications (normally a 3.0 GPA in North America).

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English Language Requirements

To study for a Postgraduate Taught degree at the University of Aberdeen it is essential that you can speak, understand, read, and write English fluently. The minimum requirements for this degree are as follows:

IELTS Academic:

OVERALL - 6.5 with: Listening - 5.5; Reading - 6.0; Speaking - 5.5; Writing - 6.0

TOEFL iBT:

OVERALL - 90 with: Listening - 17; Reading - 21; Speaking - 20; Writing - 21

PTE Academic:

OVERALL - 62 with: Listening - 51; Reading - 54; Speaking - 51; Writing - 54

Cambridge English Advanced & Proficiency:

OVERALL - 176 with: Listening - 162; Reading - 169; Speaking - 162; Writing - 169

Read more about specific English Language requirements here.

Document Requirements

You will be required to supply the following documentation with your application as proof you meet the entry requirements of this degree programme. If you have not yet completed your current programme of study, then you can still apply and you can provide your Degree Certificate at a later date.

Degree Certificate
a degree certificate showing your qualifications
Degree Transcript
a full transcript showing all the subjects you studied and the marks you have achieved in your degree(s) (original & official English translation)
Personal Statement
a detailed personal statement explaining your motivation for this particular programme

Fee Information

Additional Fee Information

  • Fees for individual programmes can be viewed in the Programmes section above.
  • In exceptional circumstances there may be additional fees associated with specialist courses, for example field trips. Any additional fees for a course can be found in our Catalogue of Courses.
  • For more information about tuition fees for this programme, including payment plans and our refund policy, please visit our InfoHub Tuition Fees page.

Scholarships

Eligible self-funded international Masters students will receive the Aberdeen Global Scholarship. Visit our Funding Database to find out more and see our full range of scholarships.

Aberdeen Global Scholarship (EU)

The Aberdeen Global Scholarship is open to European Union (EU) students.

This is a £2,000 tuition fee discount available to eligible self-funded Postgraduate Masters students who are classed as International fee status and are domiciled in the EU, plus another £3,000 discount for eligible Postgraduate Masters students who would have previously been eligible for Home fees (Scottish/EU) fee status.

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Careers

An Aberdeen MTh in Divinity prepares students for a wide variety of careers. Our students have gone on to teaching, ministry, church leadership, charitable organisations. Many of our students also progress to doctoral studies here at Aberdeen and at a wide range of institutions around the world.

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Dr Marie-Luise Ehrenschwendtner
Professor Joachim Schaper
Professor Grant Macaskill
Dr Tomas Bokedal
Professor Paul Nimmo
Professor Tom Greggs
Professor Philip Ziegler
Professor Brian Brock
Dr Michael Laffin
Dr J. Thomas Hewitt
Dr Kenneth Jeffrey
Dr Edward Epsen
Dr Daniel Pedersen
Dr Robert Heimburger
Programme Coordinator
Dr Katherine Hockey

Information About Staff Changes

You will be taught by a range of experts including professors, lecturers, teaching fellows and postgraduate tutors. Staff changes will occur from time to time; please see our InfoHub pages for further information.

Get in Touch

Contact Details

Address
School of Divinity, History and Philosophy
University of Aberdeen
50-52 College Bounds
Aberdeen
AB24 3DS