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Divinity BD Hons

University of St Andrews
3 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
St Andrews

About this program

Divinity BD Hons

The BD (Hons) in Divinity is a shorter course intended for those who already have an undergraduate degree and are interested in focusing on theological and biblical studies. It is especially suited for those considering ordination within a Christian denomination.

You will have the option to specialise in subjects such as the Old Testament, theology, practical theology, church history or a combination of these.

Admission requirements

Students must have an undergraduate degree in another subject in order to be accepted on the Divinity BD (Hons).

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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First Year

Students take the following compulsory first-year modules:

  • Philosophical Theology
  • The Early and Medieval Church: History, Beliefs and Practices
  • New Testament 2: Paul and the Epistles
  • Old Testament 2: Wisdom, Psalms, Apocalyptic and Apocryphal Literature

Students will also take two modules from the following:

  • Hebrew 1: Introduction to Hebrew Language
  • Hebrew 2
  • Introduction to Practical Theology and Theological Ethics
  • New Testament 1: Jesus and the Gospels
  • New Testament Greek 1
  • Old Testament 1: Torah and Prophets
  • Theology: Issues and History


During your second and third year in divinity, you choose from a wide variety of advanced options focusing on primary biblical and theological texts.

Divinity Honours modules which have been offered in previous years include:

  • A Quest for God: The Religious World of Dante
  • Analytic Theology
  • Ancient Jewish Literature from 1 Enoch to the Mishnah
  • Christian Ethics and Contemporary Society
  • Creation and Chaos in the Old Testament and Ancient Near East
  • Johannine Literature and Theology
  • King and Messiah in the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament and Second Temple Judaism
  • Medieval Monastic Spirituality
  • Reading in the Greek New Testament
  • The Book of Daniel
  • The Gospel of Mark: English Text or Greek Text
  • Themes and Texts in Christian-Buddhist Dialogue
  • Theology and Pastoral Care.

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.

Program delivery

Teaching in first year is mainly by lectures (10 to 100 students), supplemented by regular small-group tutorials (10 to 15 students).

At Honours level, greater emphasis is put on individual study and on students taking a major role in preparing for, and conducting, seminars (5 to 15 students) and classes (5 to 35 students).

When not attending lectures, tutorials and workshops, you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve:

  • working on individual and group projects
  • undertaking research in the library
  • preparing coursework assignments and presentations
  • preparing for examinations.


For more information about tuition fees, please visit our website.

Career paths

Most graduates from the BD take the course as part of their preparation for ordination. That said, graduates from the theological and biblical disciplines develop key transferable skills in critical thinking and in written and oral communication, which make them highly attractive to potential employers. Accordingly, employment prospects are usually wide ranging.

Recent graduates from the School of Divinity have become:

  • religious studies teachers
  • lay chaplains at schools
  • ordained ministers
  • journalists with the national and religious press.

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University of St Andrews

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St Katharine's West
KY16 9AX St Andrews

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