The MLitt in Systematic and Historical Theology offers students the opportunity to engage at a high level with the study of Christian doctrine in its historical context and systematic expression.
The MLitt in Systematic and Historical Theology is a one-year taught programme run by the School of Divinity.
- Trains students with an undergraduate degree in theology or a cognate discipline in a high-level engagement with Christian doctrines in their historical and systematic dimensions.
- Integrates the study of Biblical origins, primary theological texts, and contemporary scholarship.
- Balances coursework and a research component that allows the application of acquired skills to a substantial subject or question of the student’s choosing.
- Equips students for doctoral study in systematic and historical theology, or for enhanced ministry in church and society.
The programme comprises two semesters of taught modules, featuring both lectures and discussions, and a 15,000-word dissertation. Modules are assessed by a combination of essays and examination. Class sizes in the School of Divinity typically range from 6 to 12 students.
Students also attend the weekly Theology Research Seminar, and may, if they wish, enrol in language classes and attend other lectures, seminars and reading groups as appropriate. The School offers classes in Hebrew, Greek and Latin, which are open to all students.
The modules in this programme have varying methods of delivery and assessment.
- The Origins of Christian Theology: examines the beginnings of Christian theology in the New Testament texts and in early Christian writers.
Optional modules are subject to change each year, and some may only allow limited numbers of students.
- Christology: the development of Christological thought from the fourth-century conciliar settlements up to the present day.
- The Doctrine of the Trinity: the development of the doctrine of the Trinity from the fourth-century conciliar settlements up to the present day.
- Guided Study in Divinity: a small module enabling students to research a chosen topic under the guidance of a member of staff and to develop it in the form of a long essay.
- History of Biblical Interpretation: critically and historically surveys the most common interpretations of the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, the Septuagint and the New Testament.
- A Selected Mediaeval Theologian: allows students to engage at length and in depth with the thought of a formative, mediaeval thinker.
- A Selected Modern Theologian: allows students to engage at length and in depth with the thought of a formative, modern thinker.
- A Selected Patristic Theologian: allows students to engage at length and in depth with the thought of a formative, patristic thinker.
Over the course of the year, but with particular focus over the last three months, you will research and write a 15,000-word dissertation. Student dissertations will be supervised by members of the teaching staff who will advise on the choice of subject and provide guidance throughout the research process. The completed dissertation must be submitted by a date specified in August.
There is no exit award option (such as a PGCert or PGDip) for this programme. In order to complete the MLitt, students must pass the dissertation element of their course.
The modules listed here are indicative, and there is no guarantee they will run for 2019 entry.
Students on the MLitt programme are provided with the skills they need to succeed in an international job market, both academic and non-academic.
Regular workshops, both general and subject-specific, in areas such as publishing, conference presentations, and job searches are offered by the School of Divinity and the University.
The Careers Centre offers one-to-one advice to all students on a taught postgraduate course and offers a programme of events to assist students in building their employability skills.
- A good 2.1 undergraduate Honours degree in Theology or a closely related discipline.
- If you studied your first degree outside the UK, see the international entry requirements.
- English language proficiency.
The qualifications listed are indicative of minimum requirements for entry. Some academic Schools will ask applicants to achieve significantly higher marks than the minimum. Obtaining the listed entry requirements will not guarantee you a place, as the University considers all aspects of every application including, where applicable, the writing sample, personal statement, and supporting documents.
- personal statement (optional),
- a sample of academic work in English (2,000 words),
- two original signed academic references,
- academic transcripts and degree certificates,
- evidence of English language proficiency (required if English is not your first language).
Recent Graduate Discount
The University of St Andrews offers a 10% discount in postgraduate tuition fees to students who are eligible to graduate or who have graduated from St Andrews within the last three academic years and are starting a postgraduate programme with the University of St Andrews.
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