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MPhil (Master of Philosophy)

The two-year, taught M.Phil. offers postgraduate students a combination of taught and research components.

As with the full-time, residential M.Litt. degree, candidates enter their course in September and take a set of three semester-length modules leading to examinations in January and May.

From the outset, each student is assigned to a supervisor selected from the teaching staff of the School, and in consultation with this person will seek at an early stage to define a topic for research. Guidance is given in basic research skills. The process of independent research continues under the direction of the supervisor beyond the period occupied by the taught classes.

The dissertation of not more than 40,000 words must give evidence of the candidate's capacity for independent research, and must normally be submitted not later than the end of the second year of study.

The second-year-entry, research-only M.Phil., requires the writing of a 40,0000-word dissertation over the course of twelve months, as above, and involves no taught course modules.

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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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