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This programme is intended for students who wish to develop their expertise in Biblical Studies, including those who wish to prepare for subsequent PhD work. The particular emphasis lies on adding depth and breadth to expertise in biblical languages.
A UK 2:1 degree in theology/religion (with adequate study relevant to biblical studies), or its international equivalent.
All students are expected to have previously studied at least one of the two main biblical languages (Hebrew or Greek). Any appropriate professional experience will also be considered.
All applicants must meet our general entry and language requirements.
If English is not your first language, you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your spoken and written English.
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Finely honed skills in biblical languages are central to this programme’s engagement with the Bible, the world that produced it and its later readers. The programme will provide you with expert, in-depth study of the Hebrew Bible and New Testaments, the wider, ancient Near East, and related extra-biblical literature, including the Dead Sea Scrolls and the scholarly methods for studying them.
You will be taught by leading academics whose research interests are in the fields of Hebrew Bible, Old Testament, New Testament, early Judaism and early Christianity.
You will benefit from weekly seminars from senior specialists in biblical studies and related subjects, and the School’s Centre for the Study of Christian Origins.
The programme runs over 12 months (or 24 months if part-time). You will be taught mainly in small groups in a classroom/seminar setting. You will receive training in research methods and will be individually supervised for your 15,000 word dissertation.
The core components of this degree comprise two biblical language/reading courses, in Greek or Hebrew/Aramaic. There are a number of possible scenarios for language study and selections are made in consultation with the Programme Director. If you have only one year of previous study of a biblical language you may take either Intermediate Biblical Hebrew or Intermediate New Testament Greek.
You may choose two optional courses, which include:
You can choose another postgraduate course offered elsewhere in the School of Divinity, or a course from another School at the discretion of the Programme Director, and subject to availability.
The programme is designed to provide a strong foundation for postgraduate research in biblical studies.
Please see Scholarships and Student Funding Services for information about funding opportunities:
This article was published on Aug 21, 2013