MPhil in Divinity

The two-year MPhil offers postgraduate students a combination of taught and research components.

The first year comprises the taught components of the MLitt degree. Like MLitts, MPhil candidates enter their course in September and complete two semesters of coursework, leading to examinations in January and May.

The second year is dedicated to a dissertation of 40,000 words, which is submitted in August of that year. Students are assigned to supervisors at the beginning of their degree, and work with them throughout the second year. Supervision areas of the School's staff can be found on the list of potential supervisors page.  

The MPhil is an excellent degree option for those wishing to combine classwork and research at graduate level, and for those considering PhD work.


  • Analytical and Exegetical Theology MPhil
  • Biblical Languages and Literature MPhil
  • Systematic and Historical Theology MPhil
  • Theology and the Arts MPhil

Please see the relevant MLitt pages for more information on the coursework component of these courses.

How to apply

Because it is considered a research degree, applications for the MPhil are submitted through the same portal as applications for the PhD. At the University's application portal, you will find information about deadlines, fees, and funding.

For enquiries, use the contact information on this page, and the School's postgraduate secretary will be happy to help you. 

Applicants for MPhil degrees should specify the course for which they would like to study. They may also, but are not required to, contact potential supervisors before applying. In the process of selection, the School's postgraduate committee will select a prospective supervisor for each applicant's second-year research, taking into account previous discussion, subject fit, and availability. The staff’s areas of supervision can be found on the list of potential research supervisors page

How to apply