MA Philosophy and Theology
UCAS code: VV56
Duration: 4 years
College: Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences
Introducing MA Philosophy and Theology
The subject areas of philosophy and theology overlap in many significant ways. Philosophers have asked questions of the nature of existence and agency, while theologians have developed their own projects through dialogue with 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 Year 1 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 up to a 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.
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.
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
- the Civil Service
- human resources
This programme may also serve as the basis for further study at postgraduate level in either philosophy or theology.
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.
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.
We welcome applications from students studying a wide range of international qualifications.
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.
We welcome applications from mature students and accept a range of 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.
SQA, GCSE and IB
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.
*(Revised 27 April 2020 to include TOEFL-iBT Special Home Edition.)
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