Durham University

Durham University

Biblical Studies

This course focuses on the context and interpretation of biblical and pseudepigraphal texts, along with the study of biblical languages.

Entry requirements

An upper second class honours degree or equivalent (for example GPA 3.7) in Theology, Religious Studies or a related discipline. The two principal exceptions to this rule are as follows: graduates of other disciplines who have studied at undergraduate or equivalent level in one or more of the areas in which they hope to work, through their first degrees, through training for the ministry of the churches, and so on; students from overseas universities who have successfully reached a point in their theological studies comparable with completion of a British BA at the standard noted above. Please ensure that your two chosen referees send their confidential academic references (using the reference form [Word]) to us in a timely manner.

Course modules

The Bible and hermeneutics core module; 3 option modules; dissertation. Core modules; the bible and hermeneutics; dissertation. Optional modules: advanced Hebrew texts; advanced Aramaic; middle Egyptian; the old testament pseudepigrapha and the new testament; gospels and canon; plus up to 1 choice from: Paul and his interpreters; patristic exegesis; patristic ecclesiology; Christian Northumbria 600-750; the Anglican theological vision; classic texts in Christian theology; liturgy and Sacramentality; conceiving change in contemporary Catholicism; 20th Century catholic theology; Christian gender; principles of theological ethics; theology, ethics and medicine; social scientific methods in the study of religion; ritual, symbolism and belief in the anthropology of religion; literature and religion; catholic social thought; ecclesiology and ethnography; doctrine of creation; selected modules from the ma in theology and ministry programme; level 3 undergraduate module, or any level 1 � 2 language module offered by the department of theology and religion, taken in conjunction with the extended study in theology and religion module; 30 credits from another board of studies (including appropriate credit-bearing language modules offered by the university�s centre for foreign language study).

Assessment methods

Assessment is through a dissertation and essays. Language modules are assessed by exam.

Sponsorship information

National and University scholarships; in addition to these sources of funding, there are a number of fellowships specific to those studying theology and religion at Durham, including the Barry scholarship, Lindsay scholarship and Borderlands bursaries, which are awarded by St John's College; departmental scholarships.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MA Full-time £ 6,100 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
MA Full-time £ 14,900 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years
MA Full-time £ 6,100 per Academic year (EU fees) 1 years
MA Part-time - 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Durham University Durham DH1 3LG North East

Key information

Department of Theology and Religion
Telephone number: 
0191 334 3929