New Testament MA (joint degree) 2021 entry
Whilst St Andrews does not offer New Testament as a single Honours degree, you can take New Testament in combination with other subjects as part of a joint Honours degree. You may also study Biblical Studies MA (Old and New Testament) as a single Honours or joint Honours degree.
At St Andrews, the focus is on New Testament language and literature, though you can also take additional classes in Old Testament (Hebrew Bible) and Christian history and theology.
Modern teaching methods in language study are used to help beginners. And for those with an existing background in Greek, advanced language classes and textual classes in the original language are well provided for.
Master of Arts (joint degree)
Four years full time
- Start date: 6 September 2021
- End date: 30 June 2025
Information about all programmes from previous years of entry can be found in the archive.
These grades are the overall standards required to consider you for entry. Find out more about Standard, Minimum and Gateway entry requirements using academic entry explained and see which entry requirements you need to look at using the entry requirements indicator.
- Standard entry grades: AAAB
- Minimum entry grades: AABB
- Gateway entry grades: BBBB
- Standard entry grades: AAA
- Minimum entry grades: ABB
- Standard entry grades: 36 (HL 6,6,5)
- Minimum entry grades: 36 (HL 6,5,5)
We accept a wide range of qualifications for entry on to our programmes. Please see our entry requirements for more information.
For degrees combining more than one subject, the subject with the higher entry requirements determines the grades you need. You will also need to meet any further subject specific entrance requirements as outlined on their pages.
If English is not your first language you will need an overall IELTS score of 7.0, with a minimum score of 6.5 in each component (Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking), or an equivalent English language qualification.How to apply
Do I need to have studied this subject before?
You do not need previous knowledge of Greek or biblical studies to apply.
General entry requirements
All applicants must have attained the following qualifications, or equivalent, in addition to the specific entry requirements for individual programmes.
More information on how to apply via other entry routes or accreditation of prior learning and experience can be found on the University’s entry requirements web page.
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In the first two years of your degree (known as sub-honours) you will take required modules in New Testament language and literature along with modules from your chosen joint subject.
Typically, you will take one New Testament module per semester during your first two years (with language and literature alternating), and two modules per year during your third and fourth year (known as Honours). Find out more about the modular Scottish degree system.
Students are required to take the following compulsory modules in their first year:
- New Testament 1: Jesus and the Gospels: considers the historical contexts of the New Testament texts; then studies the Gospels with a view to determining the particular interests of their authors, and with a view to assessing their portraits of Jesus in relation to the historical Jesus.
- New Testament Greek 1: introduces the essential grammar, morphology, and vocabulary of New Testament Greek which will continue into New Testament Greek 2.
Students are required to take the following compulsory modules in their second year:
- New Testament 2: Paul and the Epistles: examines the developing theology of the New Testament, paying particular attention to the issue of unity and diversity, and to the themes of Christology and soteriology.
- New Testament Greek 2: continues from New Testament Greek 1 and introduces the second half of the essential grammar, morphology, and vocabulary of New Testament Greek.
If you take New Testament in your third and fourth years, you will choose from a variety of advanced modules ranging from reading the New Testament to studying its many contexts.
Here is a sample of New Testament modules previously offered at Honours level:
- Ancient Jewish Literature from 1 Enoch to the Mishnah
- Epistle to the Hebrews: Greek Text and English Text
- Johannine Literature and Theology
- Reading in the Greek New Testament
- The Gospel of Mark: Greek Text and English Text.
In fourth year, students also undertake a 10,000-word dissertation on a topic of their choice. The School provides significant support for the dissertation, with a breakdown of the assessment into different stages and a programme of seminars to assist in the development of advanced research and communication skills.
The compulsory modules listed here must be taken in order to graduate in this subject. However, most students at St Andrews take additional modules, either in their primary subject or from other subjects they are interested in. For Honours level, students choose from a range of Honours modules, some of which are listed above. A full list of all modules appropriate to the programme for the current academic year can be found in the programme requirements.
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