About this program
The MTheol (Hons) in Theology is intended for those who wish to focus their university career on topics directly related to theological and biblical studies. You will study the history of Israel, the person of Jesus of Nazareth, Paul’s letters and the rapid growth of the early church, and contacts between Christianity and Greek and Roman philosophy.
In addition, you will examine Christian thought in-depth, including church history and Christian ethics. Through your optional choices, you also have the opportunity to specialise within divinity by studying subjects like world religions, Greek, Hebrew, the anthropology of religion, the Dead Sea Scrolls, pastoral care or moral reasoning. You can also pursue interdisciplinary interests by taking advantage of the variety of subjects offered through the Faculties of Arts or Science.
These grades are the overall standards required to consider you for entry. Find out more about Standard, Minimum and Gateway entry requirements using academic entry explained and see which entry requirements you need to look at using the entry requirements indicator.
- SQA Highers
- GCE A-Levels
- IB points
If English is not your first language you will need an overall IELTS score of 7.0, with a minimum score of 6.5 in each component (Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking), or an equivalent English language qualification.
For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.
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Students take the following compulsory first-year modules:
- Introduction to Practical Theology and Theological Ethics
- New Testament 1: Jesus and the Gospels
- Old Testament 1: Torah and Prophets
- Theology: Issues and History
Students are encouraged to choose one of the following modules:
- Hebrew 1: Introduction to Hebrew Language
- New Testament Greek 1
Students will take at least three of the following compulsory second-year modules:
- New Testament 2: Paul and the Epistles
- Old Testament 2: Wisdom, Psalms, Apocalyptic and Apocryphal Literature
- Philosophical Theology
- The Early and Medieval Church: History, Beliefs and Practices
If you decide to take theology in your third and fourth years, you choose from a wide variety of advanced options focusing on primary biblical and theological texts.
Theology Honours modules which have been offered in previous years include:
- A Quest for God: The Religious World of Dante
- Analytic Theology
- Christian Ethics and Contemporary Society
- Creation and Chaos in the Old Testament and Ancient Near East
- Epistle to the Hebres: English Text
- Gospel of Mark: English Text or Greek Text
- Johannine Literature and Theology
- Medieval Monastic Spirituality
- Themes and Texts in Christian-Buddhist Dialogue
- Theological Anthropology
- Theology, Spirituality and Pastoral Care.
Scholarships & funding
Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.
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
- undertaking assigned and recommended readings
- preparing for examinations.
A degree in divinity gives you the opportunity for significant intellectual and personal development, and you will acquire a wide range of transferable skills. Those who have studied theology or biblical studies have learnt a range of skills including:
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