School of Divinity

MA Divinity and Classics

Divinity and Classics overlap in many significant and substantial ways, both with regard to the historical period covered, and to the Greek and Latin heritage of Christianity in Europe and North Africa.

By the time you graduate from this programme, you will have acquired expertise in handling the complex and diverse approaches to reading classical cultures, and in assessing their continued contributions to contemporary culture.

Suited for a variety of career aspirations, the programme can also serve as a basis for the study of classical and/or theological and/or philosophical issues and topics at postgraduate level.

This programme is delivered together with the School of History, Classics and Archaeology.

Why study this programme?

The MA Divinity and Classics will develop your knowledge in both Divinity and Classics

Both Divinity and Classics have been taught at the University since its foundation in 1583. You will be studying in one of the world’s most prestigious centres for the study of both Divinity and Classics and you will be working alongside world-renowned scholars

Our four-year programmes offer students a uniquely stimulating and flexible learning experience. Students have the opportunity to explore their interests by taking a wide variety of courses and acquire valuable skills and experiences, such us international study. A four-year degree allows you to develop the broad education that employers value.

This programme is ideally suited for a variety of career aspirations, and can also serve as the basis for further study at the postgraduate level.

Degree structure and courses

The MA Divinity and Classics is an Honours degree taken over four years. It consists of two years of pre-Honours courses and two years of Honours courses. In years 1 and 2, students take a minimum of 40 credits in their chosen theological discipline and a minimum of 40 credits in Classics. Students are encouraged to select their remaining 40 credits, in both years, from a range of outside subjects. At Honours level, half of the courses will be in the chosen theological discipline and half in Classics. The final dissertation (worth 40 credits in year 4) can be in either area.

First-year courses provide a broad introduction and foundation in knowledge and relevant skills. Second-year courses build on this foundation, focusing on particular subjects, texts, and topics. Students also have opportunity from their first year to commence study of biblical languages (Hebrew, Greek) and/or Classical languages (Greek, Latin).

In years three and four, a wide array of advanced-level Honours courses is available. A major dissertation (10,000 words) is required in the final year and can be taken in either Divinity of Classics topics.

Aims and outcomes

The main programme aims are:

  • To offer study in the traditional disciplines of Classics and Theology that have comprised the academic study of the classical world and languages, ecclesiastical history, biblical studies, Religious Studies, Theology, and Ethics, from introductory through advanced levels
  • To allow students to tackle Classics and Divinity in an integrative manner
  • To provide students with opportunities to reflect on the nature of the development of the classical world
  • To develop students’ experience and abilities in researching, comprehension, analysis, critical thinking, self-presentation and communication
  • To permit students to study additional subjects outside of Classics and Divinity as a part of their degree programme

Teaching and assessment

Years 1 and 2 (Pre-honours): Your courses will mostly be organised as a series of larger group lectures and small tutorial groups.

Years 3 and 4 (Honours): In addition to lectures and tutorials, you will learn through seminars led by specialist staff, and through a variety of other student-led activities such as presentations, field work and guided research projects.

Courses can be assessed by a diverse range of methods such as exams, essays, presentations, short tutorial exercises or in-class participation, providing on-going feedback as well as summative assessment which is submitted for credit.


Graduates of Divinity and Classics will develop skills and knowledge suitable for a wide range of career aspirations. You will also acquire transferable skills that can be applied to careers in unrelated areas such as finance, management, banking, the Civil Service and human resources. This degree can also serve as the basis for further study at the postgraduate level.