Undergraduate study - 2018 entry

MA Philosophy and Theology

UCAS code: VV56

Duration: 4 years

Delivery: Full-time

School: Divinity

College: Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences

Study abroad

Introducing MA Philosophy and Theology

The subject areas of philosophy and theology overlap in many significant ways, both with regard to philosophers who have asked questions of the nature of existence and agency, and to theologians who have written theology with a firm eye on the development of the various philosophical traditions. The MA Philosophy & Theology provides an opportunity to explore these intersections through the study of the metaphysical, ethical and theological traditions that have shaped contemporary thinking.

Year 1

During your first year you will study core philosophy courses and choose further courses from those offered in the subject areas of theology and ethics, biblical studies, history of Christianity and religious studies. You will also have the option to choose a course from other subject areas across the University. You can choose a course in a subject that complements your two programme subjects, choose to study a language, or simply pick something that interests you.

Year 2

As Year 1, with the option of taking two outside courses in addition to compulsory courses in philosophy and a choice of courses in theology and ethics, biblical studies, history of Christianity and religious studies.

Year 3

You will choose advanced level courses in philosophy and theology and ethics.

Year 4

You will continue to choose advanced level courses in philosophy and theology and ethics and also write a dissertation chosen from either of the two fields, with academic supervision.

Programme structure

Find out more about the compulsory and optional courses in this degree programme.

To give you an idea of what you will study on this programme, we publish the latest available information. However, please note this may not be for your year of entry, but for a different academic year.

Programme structure (2017/18)

Our facilities

Teaching takes place primarily in the School of Divinity, based in New College. You will also have access to all the University's libraries and computer facilities.

Study abroad

There is a varied range of opportunities to spend time abroad. For shorter periods, these include summer programmes and work abroad. During Year 3, you will also have the opportunity to study abroad on exchange for a whole semester or an entire year at a wide selection of leading global universities. These include Radboud University Nijmegen, Netherlands and Dartmouth College, United States, with which the School has ongoing relationships. Going abroad expands horizons and is great fun, as well as bringing academic and career benefits.

Guaranteed study abroad funding for students required to complete a year abroad

How will I learn?

Courses are taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials, seminars and online learning.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed in a variety of ways, including examinations, coursework, participation in seminars, presentation of your work and an honours dissertation.

Programme details

Find out more about this programme's aims, what you will learn, how you will be assessed and what skills and knowledge you will develop.

To give you an idea of what to expect from this programme, we publish the latest available information. However, please note this may not be for your year of entry, but for a different academic year.

Programme details (2017/18)

Graduates in philosophy and theology develop skills suitable for a wide range of careers including the voluntary sector, Civil Service, finance, management, law, counselling, banking, ministry and human resources. This programme may also serve as the basis for further study at postgraduate level in either philosophy or theology.

Typical offer

The typical offer is likely to be:

  • SQA Highers: ABBB.
  • A Levels: ABB.
  • IB: 34 points (grades 655 at HL).

Minimum entry requirements

  • SQA Highers: ABBB by end of S5 or ABBBB/AABB from S4-S6, with a minimum of BBB achieved in one year of S4-S6. National 5 English at Grade C and Mathematics or an approved science at Grade C.
  • A Levels: ABB. GCSEs: English at Grade C or 4 and Mathematics or an approved science at Grade C or 4.
  • IB: Award of Diploma with 34 points overall and grades 655 in HL subjects. SL: English at 5 and Mathematics or an approved science at 4.

Find out more about entry requirements

International students

We welcome applications from students studying a wide range of international qualifications.

Entry requirements by country

International Foundation Programme

If you are an international student and your school qualifications are not accepted for direct entry to the University you may be eligible for admission to this degree programme through our International Foundation Programme.

International Foundation Programme

You must provide evidence that your written and spoken English is at a level that will enable you to succeed in your studies.

English language tests

If English is not your first language, you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your spoken and written English:

  • IELTS Academic module overall 6.5 with 5.5 in each component
  • TOEFL-iBT 92 or above with 20 in each section
  • Cambridge English: Advanced or Proficiency overall 176 with 162 in each component
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic): Total 61 with at least 51 in each "Communicative Skills" section
  • Trinity ISE: ISE II with a distinction in all four components

About English language requirements

SQA and GCSE

For SQA and GCSE students, unless a higher level is specified in the stated entry requirements, a pass is required in English at the following grades or higher:

  • SQA National 5 Grade C
  • SQA Standard Grade 3
  • SQA Intermediate 1 Grade A
  • SQA Intermediate 2 Grade C
  • GCSE Grade C or 4
  • IB Standard Level Grade 5

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Tuition Fees

Tuition fees for MA Philosophy and Theology

Additional costs

None.

Funding

For more information on how much it will cost to study with us and the financial support available see our fees and funding information.

Fees and funding

More information

How to apply

School: Divinity

College: Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences