University of St Andrews

University of St Andrews

Biblical Languages and Literature

The MLitt in Biblical Languages and Literature offers students with existing competence in Biblical languages the opportunity of sustained close and critical engagement with the Biblical texts. The programme comprises five to six taught modules held over two semesters, featuring both lectures and discussions. Class sizes for this degree are small, typically fewer than 10 students, so students have ready access to instructors. Students also have access to substantial library holdings in the areas of biblical languages and literatures. 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.

Entry requirements

A good Honours degree in a relevant subject, usually a UK 2.1. or equivalent from a recognised overseas institution.

Course modules

The modules in this programme have varying methods of delivery and assessment. For more details of each module, including weekly contact hours, teaching methods and assessment, please see the latest module catalogue which is for the 2016-2017 academic year; some elements may be subject to change for 2017 entry.

Compulsory modules: 1. Textual Criticism of the Hebrew Bible and the New Testament: critically surveys the most important witnesses, that is both manuscripts and text traditions, of the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, the Septuagint and the New Testament.
2. Biblical Themes: explores the developments of one or more themes (e.g. temple or covenant) through the biblical texts and how these themes are taken up in both Testaments and in Christian theology.
3. Greek Readings: a technical introduction to reading the Greek New Testament.
4. Guided Study in Divinity: an independent research project for which the students writes an essay under the supervision of a staff member.
5. Hebrew Readings: intends to acquaint the student with a range of Hebrew readings from the Old Testament. (This content is either delivered by the postgraduate-level Hebrew Readings or the undergraduate-level Hebrew Readings plus Guided Study in Divinity).

Assessment methods

All students must complete 9 months of coursework and a dissertation of up to 15,000 words.

Sponsorship information

Carnegie-Cameron bursaries; entrant accommodation bursary; Formula Santander postgraduate scholarship; recent graduate discount; Thomas and Margaret Roddan Trust bursary.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MLitt Full-time September 2017 GBP 17,090 per Year 1 (International) 1 years
MLitt Full-time September 2017 GBP 6,800 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 years
MLitt Full-time September 2017 GBP 6,800 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 years
MLitt Full-time September 2017 GBP 6,800 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 years
MLitt Full-time September 2017 GBP 6,800 per Year 1 (EU) 1 years
MLitt Full-time September 2017 GBP 6,800 per Year 1 (England) 1 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of St Andrews St Andrews KY16 9AX Scotland

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