2022 entry

MA Divinity and Classics

UCAS code: VQ68

Duration: 4 years

Delivery: Full-time

School: Divinity

College: Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences

Study abroad

Introducing 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 expertise in handling the complex and diverse approaches to reading classical cultures. You will also be skilled in assessing their continued contributions to contemporary society.

Year 1

You will choose a balanced range of courses from those offered in the fields of classics and theology and religious studies.

You can also choose a course from other subject areas across the University. For example, you might choose:

  • a course in a subject that complements your two programme subjects
  • a course that helps you to study a language
  • a course that simply interests you

Year 2

As Year 1.

Year 3

You will take advanced level courses in both classics and theology and religious studies.

Year 4

You will continue to take advanced level courses in both classics and theology and religious studies. You will also write a dissertation on a subject of your choice in 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 (2021/22)

Our facilities

Most of your divinity teaching will be in New College. This city landmark in the centre of Edinburgh has its own historic library, study space, hall and garden.

Your classics teaching will be in the School of History, Classics and Archaeology and in other lecture rooms and classrooms around the University's Central Area. The School building is home to a student research room and subject collections.

Many other study and student support facilities are available a short walk away in George Square. These include the University Main Library.

The city of Edinburgh also contains many museums, galleries and cultural sites. These offer opportunities to broaden and deepen your learning.

Study abroad

You will have a range of opportunities to spend time abroad. For shorter periods, these include summer programmes and working abroad.

During Year 3, you will have the chance to study abroad on exchange for up to a year at a wide selection of leading global universities. These include two institutions the School of Divinity has ongoing relationships with:

  • Radboud University Nijmegen
  • Dartmouth College

Going abroad expands your horizons and is great fun. It also brings you academic and career benefits.

What are my options for going abroad?

How will I learn?

You will be taught through a mix of:

  • lectures
  • tutorials
  • seminars
  • digital learning

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed in a variety of ways. These include:

  • examinations
  • coursework
  • participation in seminars
  • presentation of your work
  • an honours dissertation

Our graduates acquire transferable skills that can be applied to careers in a wide range of areas such as:

  • finance
  • management
  • banking
  • the civil service
  • the voluntary sector
  • human resources

This programme can also serve as the basis for further study at postgraduate level in both classics and theology and religious studies.

Standard entry requirement

The standard entry requirement is:

  • SQA Highers: ABBB by end of S5 or AABB/ABBBB by end of S6. BBB must be achieved in one year of S4-S6.
  • A Levels: ABB.
  • IB: 34 points with 655 at HL.

Minimum entry requirement

The minimum entry requirement for widening access applicants is:

  • SQA Highers: ABBB by end of S6. BBB must be achieved in one year of S4-S6.
  • A Levels: ABB.
  • IB: 34 points with 655 at HL.

More information for widening access applicants

Required subjects

The grades used to meet our entry requirements must include:

  • SQA: Highers: no specific Higher subjects required. National 5s: English at C.
  • A Levels: no specific A Level subjects required. GCSEs: English at C or 4.
  • IB: HL: no specific subjects required. SL: English at 5.

Find out more about entry requirements

International applicants

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

Mature applicants

We welcome applications from mature students and accept a range of qualifications.

Mature applicant qualifications

You must demonstrate a level of English language competency at a level that will enable you to succeed in your studies, regardless of your nationality or country of residence.


For SQA, GCSE and IB 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 at C
  • SQA Standard Grade at 3
  • SQA Intermediate 1 at A
  • SQA Intermediate 2 at C
  • GCSE/IGSCE at C or 4
  • Level 2 Certificate Grade C
  • IB Standard Level at 5 (English ab initio is not accepted for entry)

English language tests

We accept the following English language qualifications at the grades specified:

  • IELTS Academic module overall 6.5 with 5.5 in each component.
  • TOEFL-iBT (including Special Home Edition) 92 or above with 20 in each section. We do not accept TOEFL MyBest Score to meet our English language requirements.
  • Cambridge English: Advanced or Proficiency overall 176 with 162 in each component.
  • Trinity ISE: ISE II with a distinction in all four components.

We also accept a wider range of international qualifications and tests.

English language qualifications must be no more than three and a half years old from the start date of the degree you are applying to study, unless you are using IELTS, TOEFL, or Trinity ISE, in which case it must be no more than two years old.

English language requirements

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Tuition Fees

Tuition fees for MA Divinity and Classics

Additional costs



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

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How to apply

School: Divinity

College: Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences