Introduction

Theology and Religion includes both the study of Christian faith, life and doctrine in its historical, cross-cultural and contemporary contexts, and the comparative study of the major and local religious traditions of the world, which focuses on the origin, function, and meaning of religion.

This programme is studied on campus.

The MA in Theology and Religious Studies at Aberdeen gives students a cutting-edge understanding of Christianity and the other major religious traditions of the world, including their historical development and contemporary importance. The degree also gives students the opportunity to explore a wide diversity of courses in the Arts and Social Sciences. The Master of Arts (MA) in Theology and Religious Studies may be taken as a Designated or Honours degree, and may also be studied part-time (in this case applications are made directly to the University, not through UCAS).

Part Time Study

Part time study options are available for this programme.

Key Programme Information

At a Glance

Learning Mode
On Campus Learning
Degree Qualification
MA
Duration
48 months
Study Mode
Full Time or Part Time
Start Month
September
UCAS Code
V605

What You'll Study

Theology and Religious Studies at Aberdeen is a diverse programme that offers a range of courses relating to Christian theology and history, as well as exploring major and local religious traditions of the world.

Year 1

Year 1

Compulsory Courses

During the first year of study students take a number of Divinity and Religious Studies courses (a minimum of 60 credits) from a specified list.

Optional Courses

At least 60 credit points from level 1 courses in Divinity and Religious Studies, plus further credit points from courses of choice to gain a total of 120 credit points.

Year 2

Year 2

Compulsory Courses

During the second year of study students take a number of Divinity and Religious Studies courses (a minimum of 60 credits) from a specified list.

Optional Courses

At least 60 credit points from level 2 courses in Divinity and Religious Studies, plus further credit points from courses of choice to gain a total of 120 credits.

Year 3

Year 3

Optional Courses

120 credit points worth of courses of which 90 credit points must be from level 3 courses in Divinity and Religious Studies.

Year 4

Year 4

Optional Courses

Select one of the following dissertation options:

  • DR4044 Dissertation
  • DR4544 Dissertation

Plus a further 90 credit points from level 4 courses in Divinity and Religious Studies.

Dissertation (DR4044) - 30 Credit Points

This course involves the writing of a dissertation in one of the sub-disciplines in Divinity and Religious Studies. Independent Research work is done under the supervision of a member of staff. The dissertation is an extended essay, of no more than 10,000 words inclusive of bibliography and references.

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Dissertation (DR4544) - 30 Credit Points

This course involves the writing of a dissertation in one of the sub-disciplines in Divinity and Religious Studies. Independent Research work is done under the supervision of a member of staff. The dissertation is an extended essay, of no more than 10,000 words inclusive of bibliography and references.

View detailed information about this course

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

The School has a flexible approach to teaching and assessment, utilising a combination of small and large group teaching assessed through examinations, essays and personal dissertation. The acquisition of communication, IT and team working skills is emphasised.

Learning Methods

  • Group Projects
  • Individual Projects
  • Lectures
  • Tutorials

Assessment Methods

Students are assessed by any combination of three assessment methods:

  • coursework such as essays and reports completed throughout the course;
  • practical assessments of the skills and competencies they learn on the course; and
  • written examinations at the end of each course.

The exact mix of these methods differs between subject areas, years of study and individual courses.

Honours projects are typically assessed on the basis of a written dissertation.

Why Study Theology and Religion?

  • According to the 2018 National Student Survey (NSS), Theology and Religious Studies is one of six subjects at the University of Aberdeen to receive a 100% student satisfaction rating.

  • A wide variety of courses are on offer: from biblical languages to the Reformation in Scotland, and from Buddhist philosophy to the stories of the prophets in Islam.

  • You will become part of an international community of scholars, exploring all aspects of theology, ministry and religious studies. You will also benefit from the close links that the University has to religious studies specialists.

  • The Theology and Religious Studies teaching staff at Aberdeen have a range of professional and academic backgrounds and you will benefit from their unique insights into their subject areas.

  • By studying Theology and Religious Studies at Aberdeen, you will become part of a unique group of students who have studied at a university recognised for its tradition of theological excellence.

  • At Aberdeen, you will have access to the world-class teaching and research facilities that the University offers.

  • Through analysis and evaluation, you will develop a range of skills that will enable you to work in a variety of different sectors.

Entry Requirements

Qualifications

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


General Entry Requirements

2020 Entry

SQA Highers

Standard: AABB

Applicants who have achieved AABB (or better), are encouraged to apply and will be considered. Good performance in additional Highers/ Advanced Highers may be required.

Minimum: BBB

Applicants who have achieved BBB (or are on course to achieve this by the end of S5) are encouraged to apply and will be considered. Good performance in additional Highers/Advanced Highers will normally be required.

Adjusted: BB

Applicants who have achieved BB, and who meet one of the widening participation criteria are encouraged to apply and will be considered. Good performance in additional Highers/Advanced Highers will be required.

More information on our definition of Standard, Minimum and Adjusted entry qualifications.

A LEVELS

Standard: BBB

Minimum: BBC

Adjusted: CCC

More information on our definition of Standard, Minimum and Adjusted entry qualifications.

International Baccalaureate

32 points, including 5, 5, 5 at HL.

Irish Leaving Certificate

5H with 3 at H2 AND 2 at H3 OR AAABB, obtained in a single sitting. (B must be at B2 or above).

Entry from College

Advanced entry to this degree may be possible from some HNC/HND qualifications, please see www.abdn.ac.uk/study/articulation for more details.

The information displayed in this section shows a shortened summary of our entry requirements. For more information, or for full entry requirements for Arts and Social Sciences degrees, see our detailed entry requirements section.


English Language Requirements

To study for an Undergraduate 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 - 6.0 with: Listening - 5.5; Reading - 5.5; Speaking - 5.5; Writing - 6.0

TOEFL iBT:

OVERALL - 78 with: Listening - 17; Reading - 18; Speaking - 20; Writing - 21

PTE Academic:

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

Cambridge English Advanced & Proficiency:

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

Read more about specific English Language requirements here.

Fees and Funding

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

Fee Waiver

Most RUK students (England, Wales and Northern Ireland) on a four year honours degree will be eligible for a full-fees waiver in their final year. Scholarships and other sources of funding are also available.

Fee information
Fee category Cost
Home / EU £1,820
All Students
RUK £9,250
Students Admitted in 2020/21
International Students £17,200
Students Admitted in 2020/21

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

Our previous graduates have found employment in a wide range of areas, including the churches, media and journalism, teaching, public service and administration, the NGO sector, business, government and publishing.

Career Opportunities

  • Charity Director
  • Charity Fundraiser
  • Development Officer
  • NGO Worker (Charity Worker)
  • Researcher
  • Support Worker
  • TEFL Teacher
  • Teacher
  • Youth Pastor

500 Years of Divinity and Theology

Bishop Elphinstone founded the University in 1495. The study of Divinity was a major subject innovation at that time.  Aberdeen is now widely considered to be a world-leader in the study of Divinity.

2018 National Student Survey results

The results from the latest National Student Survey (NSS) are in, and Theology and Religious Studies is one of six subjects at the University of Aberdeen to receive a 100% student satisfaction rating.

Find out more

Our Experts

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.

Facilities

Since the University was founded in 1495, it has been one of the centres of theological study in Scotland. This programme is taught in the late-medieval King’s College campus, which provides the perfect surroundings to learn about the history and culture of Christianity.

Get in Touch

Contact Details

Address
Student Recruitment & Admissions Service
University of Aberdeen
University Office
Regent Walk
Aberdeen
AB24 3FX