Introduction

The MTh in Divinity is a new programme offered by the school which allows students to choose which courses to take and exit with one of the following: MTh Biblical Studies, MTh Church History, MTh Systematic Theology, or MTh Theological Ethics.

This programme is studied on campus.

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

Key Programme Information

At a Glance

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

What You'll Study

Degree Content

Degree Content

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 below:

DR503N Readings in Systematic Theology (30 credit points)
DR553N The Christian Doctrine of God (30 credit points)
DR502T Creation and Christian Ethics (30 credit points)
DR551Q Great Thinkers in Theological Ethics (30 credit points)
DR552K The Life of Muhammad: Religion, History, Literature (30 credit points)
DR553P Demons and Spiritual Beings in Religion, Literature and Culture (30 credit points)
DR503F The Emergence of Christology (30 credit points)
DR552V Jewish History and Culture (30 credit points)
DR502X/DR552X Special Subject (30 credit points)
DR504R/DR554R Independent Research Project I (30 credits)

In addition students, must complete:
DR552G Dissertation (60 credit points)

Depending on their specialisation, and on approval of the School, students who successfully complete all 180 credits will be able to exit with one of the following:
MTh Biblical Studies
MTh Church History
MTh Systematic Theology
MTh Theological Ethics

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 courses from the list above.

Course Availability

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 University of Aberdeen has a long-standing reputation as one of the foremost research institutions in Biblical Studies offering a variety of career options and further academic research.
  • The programme is largely research-oriented and Aberdeen offers internationally recognised experts among its permanent staff in a broad range of sub-disciplines.
  • Aberdeen’s Divinity School has a large postgraduate community and there are several vibrant postgraduate research seminars open to students and staff.
  • Our students come from all over the British Isles and from overseas and go on to a wide range of professions after they graduate.

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).

Please enter your country to view country-specific entry requirements.

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

Fees and Funding

You will be classified as one of the fee categories below.

Fee information
Fee category Cost
Home / EU / RUK Students £6,700
Tuition Fees for 2019/20 Academic Year
International Students £15,900
Tuition Fees for 2019/20 Academic Year

Additional Fees

  • 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.

Our Funding Database

View all funding options in our Funding Database.

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, and doctoral studies in a wide range of institutions around the world.

An ancient centre of Biblical learning

A site of scriptural learning since 1495.

Our Experts

Other Experts
Dr Lena-Sofia Tiemeyer
Dr Jutta Leonhardt-Balzer
Professor Joachim Schaper
Professor Grant Macaskill
Dr Tomas Bokedal
Dr Donald Wood
Professor Paul Nimmo
Professor Tom Greggs
Professor Philip Ziegler
Dr Michael Mawson
Dr Brian Brock
Dr Michael Laffin
Programme Coordinator
Dr Marie-Luise Ehrenschwendtner

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