Analytic and Exegetical Theology (MLitt) 2018 entry

The MLitt in Analytic and Exegetical Theology addresses central themes in Christian thought, embodying the academic ideals and principles of analytic theology while engaging with contemporary research in both biblical exegesis and analytic philosophy.

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Course type

Postgraduate; leading to a Master of Letters (MLitt)

Course dates

  • Start date: 10 September 2018
  • End date: 30 September 2019

If you started this programme in 2017, you can find information about 2017 entry on the 2017 Analytic and Exegetical Theology page. Information about all programmes from previous years of entry can be found in the archive.

Course duration

One year full time

Entry requirements

A good 2.1 undergraduate Honours degree in Theology, Philosophy (with a strong religious component) or Biblical Exegesis. If you studied your first degree outside the UK, see the international entry requirements.

English language proficiency. See English language tests and qualifications.

The qualifications listed are indicative minimum requirements for entry. Some academic Schools will ask applicants to achieve significantly higher marks than the minimum. Obtaining the listed entry requirements will not guarantee you a place, as the University considers all aspects of every application including, where applicable, the writing sample, personal statement, and supporting documents.

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Tuition fees

UK and EU: £8,500
Overseas: £17,600

Application deadline

Applications are accepted until shortly before teaching starts in September. Applicants should apply as early as possible to be eligible for certain scholarships and for international visa purposes.

Application requirements

  • CV
  • sample of academic work (2,000 words)
  • two original signed academic references
  • academic transcripts and degree certificates 
  • English language requirements certificate
  • letter of intent (optional).

For more guidance, see supporting documents and references for postgraduate taught programmes.

Course information

The MLitt in Analytic and Exegetical Theology is a one-year taught programme run by the Logos Institute in the School of Divinity. The programme is aimed at students who are interested in engaging central theological topics at a taught Masters level and are considering progressing to pursue doctoral research.

This is an intellectually rigorous programme which introduces students to interdisciplinary engagement with major theological themes at an advanced level. The course draws on research in biblical studies and analytic philosophy while embodying the methodological commitments and intellectual ideals that characterise analytic theology.

Highlights

  • Introduces students to a new development in the field of theology, 'analytic theology', while developing skills in the critical assessment of theological doctrines in dialogue with key constructive developments in biblical scholarship and analytic philosophical theology.
  • A research component allows students to apply the skills, academic principles and methods of analytic theology learned in the course to explore a key area in the contemporary debate.
  • Equips students with high-level general intellectual and theological training to allow them to enter challenging careers in research and elsewhere.

Teaching format

The MLitt comprises two semesters of taught modules. During Semester 2, but with particular focus during the summer months, you will begin researching and writing the final component of the MLitt, a 15,000-word dissertation.

Teaching methods include lectures, one-to-one discussions, seminars and class presentations. Assessment will include seminar presentations, extended essays and end-of-semester written examinations. Class sizes in the School of Divinity typically range from 6 to 12 students.

Further particulars regarding curriculum development.

Modules

The modules in this programme have varying methods of delivery and assessment. For more details of each module, including weekly contact hours, teaching methods and assessment, please see the latest module catalogue which is for the 2017–2018 academic year; some elements may be subject to change for 2018 entry.

  • God, History and Revelation: provides an overview of analytic theology, focusing on the field-changing developments that have taken place in Christian analytic philosophy over the last four decades.
  • Reconciliation: Divine and Human: explores the doctrine of reconciliation and its implications for human relationships.
  • Persons: Divine and Human: assesses the concept of the ‘person’ as used to describe the nature of God and the Trinity, on the one hand, and the nature of human beings, on the other.

Student dissertations are supervised by members of the teaching staff who advise on the choice of subject and provide guidance throughout the research process.

Students begin their dissertations at the start of Semester 2, but will have time for particular focus during the three months in summer. The completed dissertation of 15,000 words must be submitted by a date specified in August.

If students choose not to complete the dissertation requirement for the MLitt, there are exit awards available that allow suitably qualified candidates to receive a Postgraduate Certificate or Postgraduate Diploma. By choosing an exit award, you will finish your degree at the end of the second semester of study and receive a PGCert or PGDip instead of an MLitt.


The modules listed here are indicative, and there is no guarantee they will run for 2018 entry. Take a look at the most up-to-date modules in the module catalogue.

 

Conferences and events

MLitt students are encouraged to take full advantage of the Logos Institute which offers seminar discussions, conferences, dinners and other activities.

In addition, the School of Divinity regularly hosts international conferences and smaller symposia on themes across the field of biblical and theological studies.

Previous conferences.

Funding

Recent Graduate Discount
The University of St Andrews offers a 10% discount in postgraduate tuition fees to students who are eligible to graduate or who have graduated from St Andrews within the last three academic years and are starting a postgraduate programme with the University of St Andrews.

Find out more about postgraduate scholarships. 

After the MLitt

Research degrees

In addition to the MLitt, the School offers a two-year residential Master of Philosophy (MPhil) degree option in Analytic and Exegetical Theology.

Many of our graduates continue their education by enrolling in PhD programmes at St Andrews or elsewhere in the UK and abroad.

PhD in Divinity

Careers

Students on the MLitt programme are provided with the skills they need to succeed in an international job market, both academic and non-academic. 

Regular workshops, both general and subject-specific, in areas such as publishing, conference presentations, and job searches are offered by the School of Divinity and the University.

The Careers Centre offers one-to-one advice to all students on a taught postgraduate course and offers a programme of events to assist students in building their employability skills.

Contact information

School of Divinity
University of St Andrews
St Mary's College
South Street
St Andrews
Scotland
KY16 9JU

Phone: +44 (0)1334 46 2850
Email: divinitypg@st-andrews.ac.uk

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Policies

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Curriculum development

As a research intensive institution, the University ensures that its teaching references the research interests of its staff, which may change from time to time. As a result, programmes are regularly reviewed with the aim of enhancing students' learning experience. Our approach to course revision is described online. (PDF, 72 KB).

Tuition fees

The University will clarify compulsory fees and charges it requires any student to pay at the time of offer. The offer will also clarify conditions for any variation of fees. The University’s approach to fee setting is described online. (PDF, 84 KB).