Biblical Studies MA (Hons) 2021 entry
The MA (Hons) in Biblical Studies provides an opportunity to explore the profound influence that the Christian and Jewish Scriptures have had on Western civilisation. Your studies will focus on the Old Testament and New Testament, but you will also encounter a large number of other Jewish and Christian writings from these periods, such as the Dead Sea Scrolls.
The MA course is particularly suited for those wanting a wider range of options across Arts subjects, but who still want to give most of their attention to divinity. Many students choose to take biblical studies alongside subjects such as ancient history or classical studies in order to study important texts within the wider context of the ancient world, or with English in order to discover the way in which biblical ideas and themes have found their way into literature.
The School of Divinity has enjoyed an international reputation for teaching excellence since it was founded in 1539.
Theology and religious studies at St Andrews were ranked first in Scotland by the Complete University Guide 2021.
The University of St Andrews as a whole was voted top in the UK for student academic experience in The National Student Survey 2020 as 92.7% of St Andrews final-year students gave the University top marks for the quality of the learning and teaching experience.
The University has secured a TEF Gold Award for the quality of teaching and the undergraduate experience.
The School of Divinity was also ranked top in Scotland for research quality in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework.
Find out more about studying divinity at St Andrews.
Joint Honours degrees
You can take Biblical Studies as part of a joint Honours degree alongside one of the following subjects.
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