University of Aberdeen

University of Aberdeen

Systematic Theology

This programme provides advanced instruction in Christian systematic theology, offering students a structured course of study in which to explore questions about the nature, tasks, and aims of the discipline, deepen their understanding of the scope and coherence of Christian teaching, analyse the development of Christian doctrine and gain facility in the analysis of classical and contemporary theological texts. An end in its own right, the degree also aims to prepare students for further advanced research in theology.

Entry requirements

Candidates must normally have an Honours degree to at least 2.1 standard in an appropriate discipline or equivalent qualifications and experience. Even if you have been educated in the medium of English you must meet our English Language requirements (certain countries may be exempted from this requirement). This programme requires that you meet the 'Postgraduate Standard' level of English proficiency. If you are in doubt about your proficiency in English, contact the British Council office or its equivalent in your country. If your first language is not English, it is important that your proficiency in English is good in order for you to study successfully at the University of Aberdeen. Without this ability you will find great difficulty in understanding lectures, producing written work and sitting examinations.

Course modules

The programme comprises 3 major elements: 2 core seminars meeting fortnightly throughout the academic year. Readings in systematic theology affords students the opportunity to study a major work of systematic theology in depth. The Christian doctrine of God is an intensive exploration of Trinitarian doctrine with a view to its scriptural coordinates, its historical development, its central conceptual entailments, and its location and function in a systematic account of Christian teaching. 2 further elective courses in the discipline. Course offerings, which vary from year to year, and drawn from a list that includes: The doctrine of the Church and Sacraments; Christology and salvation; the doctrine of scripture; systematic theology since the Enlightenment; Scottish theology; the theology of Karl Barth; the theology of Schleiermacher.

Assessment methods

Examinations and continuous assessment for all course elements of the programme. - A dissertation of approximately 20,000 words on a topic related to the aims of the degree. Tailored research training and supervision is provided for all students in the programme.

Sponsorship information

There are various sources of funding to support you during your period of study. We have a number of scholarships and bursaries available to our students, and external sources of funding available.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MTh Full-time September 2016 GBP 4,500 per Year 1 (EU) 12 months
MTh Full-time September 2016 GBP 4,500 per Year 1 (England) 12 months
MTh Full-time September 2016 GBP 13,800 per Year 1 (International) 12 months
MTh Full-time September 2016 GBP 4,500 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 12 months
MTh Full-time September 2016 GBP 4,500 per Year 1 (Scotland) 12 months
MTh Full-time September 2016 GBP 4,500 per Year 1 (Wales) 12 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
King's Campus Aberdeen AB24 3FX Scotland

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