Bible and the Contemporary World (MLitt) 2020 entry
The MLitt in Bible and the Contemporary World is a course that connects biblical and theological studies with other disciplines in the arts, humanities and social sciences.
Bible and the Contemporary World is also offered as a part-time distance learning programme.
Postgraduate, leading to a Master of Letters (MLitt)
- Start date: 31 August 2020
- End date: 30 September 2021
Information about all programmes from previous years of entry can be found in the archive.
One year full time
- A good 2.1 undergraduate Honours degree. You do not need to have a degree in Theology in order to apply for a place on this programme; however, all applicants will be expected to have sufficient knowledge to equip them for postgraduate level of study in the field of theology. 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.
UK and EU: £9,450
30 June 2020. Applicants should apply as early as possible to be eligible for certain scholarships and for international visa purposes.
- CV or résumé. This should include your personal details with a history of your education and employment to date.
- personal statement (200 to 300 words)
- sample of academic work (2,000 words)
- two original signed academic references
- academic transcripts and degree certificates
- evidence of English language proficiency (required if English is not your first language).
For more guidance, see supporting documents and references for postgraduate taught programmes.
What our students say
“Divinity at St Andrews includes some of the most distinguished scholars worldwide in the discipline, which made St Andrews an obvious choice for me. I wanted to study at an institution that would provide me with the tools to investigate theological challenges on my own; the Divinity Faculty fosters just this kind of environment and makes for rich discussion.”
Brittany (Massachusetts, USA)
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 2019–2020 academic year; some elements may be subject to change for 2020 entry.
In the first semester, students take one compulsory VLE module:
Theology and the Arts: its relationship with a broad range of different art forms (such as literature, music and the visual arts).
Students will also take one or two additional modules from other Divinity MLitt programmes, such as 'Systematic and Historical Theology' or 'Biblical Languages and Literature' (students may not be eligible for all modules; see the module catalogue)
In Semester 1, you will also complete a short research project (different to the main dissertation which is taken in semester 2).
With permission, credit may be taken from other postgraduate taught modules offered by the School.
Optional modules are subject to change each year and require a minimum number of participants to be offered; some may only allow limited numbers of students (see the University’s position on curriculum development).
The Bible and Contemporary Issues: explores a variety of hermeneutical approaches that have been proposed to make intelligent connections between the Christian scriptures, events, trends and cultural assumptions.
Students will begin research for the 15,000-word dissertation early in Semester 2, but will focus particularly on researching and writing from May through to submission in mid-August. Dissertations will be supervised by members of the teaching staff who will advise on the choice of subject and provide guidance throughout the research process.
If students choose not to complete the dissertation requirement for the MLitt, there is an exit award available that allows suitably qualified candidates to receive a Postgraduate Diploma. By choosing an exit award, you will finish your degree at the end of the second semester of study and receive a PGDip instead of an MLitt.
The modules listed here are indicative, and there is no guarantee they will run for 2020 entry. Take a look at the most up-to-date modules in the module catalogue.