Theology, Imagination and the Arts (MLitt) 2017 entry
The MLitt in Theology, Imagination and the Arts gives students a theoretically inflected and historically contextualised introduction to the field of theology and the arts, acting as a standalone Master's course or a stepping stone for those considering doctoral research in the field.
Postgraduate; leading to a Master of Letters (MLitt)
One year full time
A good 2.1 undergraduate Honours degree in theology or an arts subject. 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: £7,500
Applications are accepted until shortly before teaching starts in September. However, as competition for places is strong, early application is highly recommended. Applicants should also apply as early as possible to be eligible for certain scholarships and for international visa purposes.
- sample of academic work (2,000 words)
- letter of intent (300 to 500 words)
- two original signed academic references
- academic transcripts and degree certificates
- English language requirements certificate.
For more guidance, see supporting documents and references for postgraduate taught programmes.
If you started this programme in 2016, you can find information about 2016 entry on the 2016 Theology, Imagination and the Arts MLitt page. Information about all programmes from previous years of entry can be found in our archive.Apply for this course
The MLitt in Theology, Imagination and the Arts is a one-year taught programme run by the Institute for Theology, Imagination and the Arts (ITIA), part of the School of Divinity. The course is designed to provide a broad introduction to postgraduate work in the field of theology and the arts. It can be taken as self-contained programme of study or as a grounding for those intending to pursue doctoral research in this field.
- A unique training programme for artists wishing to reflect on the theological dimensions of their work, and for theologians wishing to explore the place of art within theological thought and practice.
- An ideal stepping stone towards the Institute's PhD programme, which centres on a three-year independent research project.
- Engages with diverse forms of culture of different eras, including literature, drama, the visual arts and music.
The programme consists of three taught modules taken over two semesters followed by a 15,000-word dissertation written over three months during summer. Modules are interdisciplinary in nature, integrating various artistic media and theological themes and are taught through weekly lectures and seminars with class sizes typically ranging from 6 to 12 students. Assessment comprises a combination of coursework and written examination.
Students attend ITIA’s weekly research seminar, and may, if they wish, enrol in language classes and attend other lectures, seminars and reading groups as appropriate. The School offers classes in Hebrew, Greek and Latin, which are open to all students.
Each module typically comprises:
- four hours of weekly lectures and seminars
- coursework assessment
- a three-hour written exam
For more details of each module, including weekly contact hours, teaching methods and assessment, please see the latest module catalogue which is for the 2016-2017 academic year; some elements may be subject to change for 2017 entry.
- Christian Doctrine and the Arts: examines key Christian doctrines and their artistic presentation throughout the centuries.
- Theological Engagements with the Arts: Rationales, Methods and Texts: addresses theological questions about human artistry and introduces students to different ways of engaging the relationship between Christian theology and the arts.
- Religious Experience and Aesthetic Theory: explores how historical and cultural contexts through the ages have shaped religious art, and examines critically how different art forms - painting, music, literature, drama, architecture, film - and different styles within those forms mediate different kinds of religious experience.
The modules listed ran in the academic year 2016–2017 and are indicative of this course. There is no guarantee that these modules will run for 2017 entry. Take a look at the most up-to-date modules in the module catalogue.
Student dissertations will be supervised by members of the teaching staff who will advise students in their choice of subject and provide guidance throughout the research process. 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, an exit award is 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.
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ITIA is a vibrant community of established scholars, post-docs, and graduate students. The weekly research seminar, at which internal and guest speakers discuss their ongoing work, is at the heart of the Institute’s day-to-day life.
The quarterly ITIA Research Forum allows graduates to discuss ongoing research and provides professional training for graduates.
The Transept, a student-led artist group, meets weekly to discuss original work in all art forms.
ITIA is home to or associated with a number of publications:
- Transpositions – an award-winning blog edited by ITIA's graduate students.
- Journal of Inklings Studies – ITIA hosts the editorial office of this leading academic journal on CS Lewis, JRR Tolkien and their literary circle.
- Ashgate Studies in Theology, Imagination and the Arts book series.
There are many potential scholarships or support schemes available to postgraduates.
St Salvator’s Chapel Choir scholarship
This provides choral and organ scholarships for home and EU postgraduates which subsidises music lessons and provides opportunities to attend organ academies, recitals and the annual choir tour.
After the MLitt
In addition to the MLitt, the School offers a two-year residential Master of Philosophy (MPhil) degree option in Theology, Imagination and the Arts.
Many of our graduates continue their education by enrolling in PhD programmes at St Andrews. ITIA provides a competitive and rigorous PhD programme aimed at those who already have the necessary coursework grounding to begin an independent doctoral research project.
Recent Graduate Discount
The University of St Andrews offers a 10% reduction in postgraduate tuition fees for students who have graduated during the last three years and are now starting a postgraduate programme.
Students on the Theology, Imagination and the Arts MLitt programme are provided with the skills they need to succeed in an international job market, both academic and non-academic. Graduates have taken up roles in a wide variety of occupations including:
- PhD study in the UK and the US
- work for arts insitutions and museums
- church ministry
- secondary school teaching.
Admission to the University of St Andrews is governed by our Admissions policy.
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).
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).