School of Divinity

Programme structure

This programme is run full-time over one year (or part-time over two years) and taught mainly in small classroom/seminar groups.

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 You will be given training in research methods which offers a practical approach to postgraduate level skills of critical investigation and writing, and receive individual supervision for your 15,000 word dissertation.

Compulsory courses

Compulsory courses comprise two biblical language/reading courses, in Greek or Hebrew/Aramaic, and two in research methods. Many scenarios for language study can be chosen in consultation with the Programme Director. Depending on your previous study of Hebrew and/or Greek, you will be placed in beginning, intermediate, or advanced courses in each as appropriate. 

Option courses

You will choose three options. At least two must be from courses in biblical studies, of which the following are examples:

  • Selected Topics in Biblical Studies 
  • New Testament Exegesis A
  • Hebrew Bible and Contemporary Issues 
  • Science and Scripture

The options on offer change from year to year, so please consult the Programme Director for advice on what will be available. With the agreement of your Programme Director, you may also choose options from other taught masters programmes in the School or University, and from advanced undergraduate courses such as Historical Jesus or Jesus in Film.

Career opportunities

This programme is designed to provide a strong foundation for postgraduate research in the field or for employment in a range of areas requiring critical analysis and empathetic understanding.