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Postgraduate Admissions

Scotland's oldest university offers a rich heritage of academic excellence in theology extending from its foundation in 1413. Today, with more than 20 full-time academic staff, an undergraduate population of approximately 80 full-time equivalents and approaching 70 postgraduate students, St Mary's College offers a friendly atmosphere with a cross-flow of ideas between the disciplines. This provides the depth and breadth necessary to ground the pursuit of scholarly activity at an international level.

As the Faculty of Divinity, St Mary's incorporates a variety of sub-disciplines - biblical, historical, theological, philosophical ethical, literary, social-scientific and anthropological. In particular, research can be undertaken in Hebrew and Old Testament, Early Jewish Studies, New Testament, Contextual Theology (including Religion and Politics), Historical Theology, History of Biblical Interpretation, Biblical Theology, Practical Theology, Philosophical Theology, Systematic Theology, Christian Ethics, Contemporary Christian Practice and Spirituality, and Ritual Studies.


Roundel PG CentreSt Andrews believes that it is unique in the UK in its study centre, The Roundel, dedicated to research study rooms and common facilities for postgraduates in Divinity.

Weekly seminars are convened around specific disciplines of Biblical Studies; Religion and Politics; Theology, Imagination and the Arts; and Systematic Theology: Scripture and Theology.

Routes for Postgraduate Study

Each University offers its own suite of postgraduate awards and terminology, especially across international borders, varies significantly. It is helpful for us to spell out the routes available within our School of Divinity.

The Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) comprises 120 credits with coursework, final examination or a combination thereof.

The MLitt (Master of Letters) comprises 120 credits from taught modules plus a 15,000 word dissertation, written under individual supervision, (for 60 credits). The MLitt is typically completed in 12 months (full-time) or 24 months (part-time) study.

The MPhil (Master of Philosophy) has two routes. A two-year (full-time) programme in which the first year is spent on taught modules, the second year comprising research and writing of a 40,000 word dissertation under individual supervision. The other route is 'direct entry to second year' which by-passes the need for the taught modules and the 40,000 word dissertation is the sole focus for the single year of study.

The PhD (Doctor of Philosophy) is, in the British tradition, a wholly research degree. It is typically a three-year period of personal research under individual supervision towards submitting a thesis of 80,000 words. Full-time study is the preferred mode but part-time options are available.

Contact details

St Mary's College
The School of Divinity
University of St Andrews
South Street
St Andrews
Fife KY16 9JU
Scotland, United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)1334 462850
Fax: +44 (0)1334 462852

Postgraduate Secretary

Ms Margot Clement
divinitypg@st-andrews.ac.uk
School Office
+44 (0)1334 46 2826

Director of Research Postgraduate Studies (Current Students)

Prof Mark W Elliott (Semester 1)
divinitypg@st-andrews.ac.uk
Room H301
+44 (0)1334 462825

Dr David Moffitt (Semester 2)
divinitypg@st-andrews.ac.uk

Room T202
+44 (01)334 46 2829

Director of Research Postgraduate (Applications)

Prof James Davila (Semester 1)
divinitypg@st-andrews.ac.uk
Room A301
+44 (01)334 46 2834

Prof Mark W Elliott (Semester 2)
divinitypg@st-andrews.ac.uk
Room H301
+44 (0)1334 462825

Director of Taught Postgraduate Studies

Dr TJ Lang
divpgt@st-andrews.ac.uk
Room T203
+44 (0)1334 46 2828

Distance Learning Officer

Dr Eric Stoddart 
divinitydistance@st-andrews.ac.uk
Room A302
+ 44 (0)1334 462841

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