UCAS code: VV56
Duration: 4 years
College: Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences
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.
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.
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.
You will choose advanced level courses in philosophy and theology and ethics.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Courses are taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials, seminars and online learning.
You will be assessed in a variety of ways, including examinations, coursework, participation in seminars, presentation of your work and an honours dissertation.
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.
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.
The typical offer is likely to be:
We welcome applications from students studying a wide range of international qualifications.
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.
You must provide evidence that your written and spoken English is at a level that will enable you to succeed in your studies.
If English is not your first language, you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your spoken and written English:
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:
Key Information Sets (KIS) are part of a government initiative to enhance the information that higher education institutions provide about their degree programmes.
KIS are available for most undergraduate programmes and are intended to make it easier for you to find information about the programmes you are interested in studying. It is one of many sources of information available that will enable you to make an informed decision on what and where to study.
You can also use this website to find more information on our programmes and the learning environment you will experience at the University of Edinburgh.
Please note that some programmes do not have data available and will not display a KIS.