Degree Programme Specification 2020/2021
|To give you an idea of what to expect from this programme, we publish the latest available information. This information is created when new programmes are established and is only updated periodically as programmes are formally reviewed. It is therefore only accurate on the date of last revision.|
|Awarding institution:||The University of Edinburgh|
|Teaching institution:||The University of Edinburgh|
|Programme accredited by:||N/A|
|Final award:||MA Honours|
|Programme title:||MA (THEOLOGY)|
|Relevant QAA subject benchmarking group(s):||Theology & Religious Studies|
|Postholder with overall responsibility for QA:||Head of School|
|Date of production/revision:||July 2012|
|Further Information:||View the prospectus entry for this programme|
Programme outcomes: Technical/practical skills
Programme structure and features
Full details of course structures are given in the School of Divinity section of the Degree Regulations and Programmes of Study.
The MA (Theology) degree is an Honours degree taken over four years. It consists of two years of pre-Honours courses totalling 240 credits at SQCF level 8 and two years of Honours courses also totalling 240 credits at SQCF level 10. Students can focus on one area/discipline within the Christian tradition, such as Biblical Studies, or take combinations of subjects, such as Theology and History of Christianity, or Theology and Ethics, or Religious Studies. Other concentrations/combinations of subjects offered in the School of Divinity can also be proposed for approval.
Courses within Theology are taught for a total of eleven weeks (worth 20 credits). In years one and two teaching is largely lecture-based, augmented by small group tutorials. Honours teaching is largely seminar based in small group classes of usually two hour duration. Assessment is variable but is normally one in course essay and other course work (blogs, tutorial sheets, presentations etc), making up 40% of the final mark and one two hour exam at the end of the course, making up 60% of the final mark.
In any concentration/combination, 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 to commence study of biblical Hebrew and/or Greek from their first year, especially in the Biblical Studies concentration. In first and second years students can also take courses in a subject outside of the School of Divinity. This opportunity is also available in third year. (This permits students to modify their initial choice of degree programme as late as the second year of study.) In addition, students must complete a one year, non-credit course on Academic Literacies, which provides providing all students with the basic skills they require for their studies.
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 of the MA Theology with Honours. Supervision for the dissertation is provided by members of academic staff. The Honours degree classification is based on all final marks for work done in years three and four.
Students may elect to take a “general” degree instead (as distinguished from an Honours degree), the B.A. Divinity, three-years (full-time) study, courses totalling 360 credits, at least one School of Divinity subject studied at three progressive levels, with a variety of patterns possible.
Further information on the content and rationale of individual courses is contained in the First, Second and Honours Handbooks of the School of Divinity, see http://www.ed.ac.uk/divinity. Through the School’s quality assurance and enhancement procedures the teaching and learning processes are closely monitored, this includes feedback from students through staff/student liaison meetings and course monitoring forms.
The School has adopted a policy on Equality, Diversity and Respect in the School of Divinity covering all students and staff in the School.
Teaching and learning workload
You will learn through a mixture of scheduled teaching and independent study. Some programmes also offer work placements.
At Edinburgh we use a range of teaching and learning methods including lectures, tutorials, practical laboratory sessions, technical workshops and studio critiques.
The typical workload for a student on this programme is outlined in the table below, however the actual time you spend on each type of activity will depend on what courses you choose to study.
Assessment method balance
You will be assessed through a variety of methods. These might include written or practical exams or coursework such as essays, projects, group work or presentations.
The typical assessment methods for a student on this programme are outlined below, however the balance between written exams, practical exams and coursework will vary depending on what courses you choose to study.
Opportunities for studying abroad for one semester in the 3rd year of study are available to students, for example to Dartmouth College (U.S.A.), Bayreuth (Germany) and Nijmegen (The Netherlands).
Students in the programme have access to the School of Divinity’s excellent computing facilities. Their studies are supported by a dedicated site Library at New College which has extensive holdings in the field of Theology, and the wider collections in the Main Library.
More information about the School can be found at http://www.ed.ac.uk/divinity.