Master of Science or Master of Theology in Biblical Studies. The difference being one of nomenclature only.
Since Biblical Studies has such a textual focus, our programme seeks to develop those skills necessary for a first-hand engagement with the primary sources. Thus, Biblical languages form a central part of our programme, in conjunction with deepening awareness of methods in handling texts in their several contexts.
WHY STUDY WITH US?
The width of our research interests
We are fortunate to have members of staff with research interests in the fields of Old Testament, New Testament, Early Judaism, and Early Christianity. We also enjoy working closely with colleagues in Patristics.
The School of Divinity is home to the Centre for the Study of Christian Origins (CSCO), as well as the Edinburgh Prophecy Network. It hosts a vibrant weekly research seminar for academic staff, postgraduate students, and a range of senior specialists in Biblical Studies and cognate subjects.
Our interdisciplinary approach
Study of the Bible intersects with a number of other interests. It is possible to take one of the courses from a different masters programme in Divinity or elsewhere in the University. Students in recent years have combined their specialist Biblical Studies interest with courses in Ethics, Linguistics, or History, for example.
Our focus on skill development
The primary focus of the programme is in strengthening language skills, and adding breadth in experience of handling both Greek and Hebrew texts. Heightened appreciation for appropriate method in textual study forms a significant part of all courses. Substantial course essays prepare students for the 15,000 word 60-credit dissertation. That major piece of research and writing is undertaken during April-August under specialist supervision.
The MTh/MSc in Biblical Studies thus provides an excellent foundation for specialist research at doctoral level, and we do encourage students contemplating going on to PhD to think strategically about this possibility.
At the same time, since the programme involves study across both Hebrew Bible and New Testament and cognate literature, it may be taken as an end in itself for any interested in deepening their engagement with the Bible in its many facets.
A degree from a prestigious world-leading institution
The University of Edinburgh is consistently ranked as one of the world’s top 50 universities. We are 17th in the 2014/2015 QS World University Ranking. As host to more than 30,000 students from some 137 countries, the University of Edinburgh attracts the world’s greatest minds
The degree can be taken full-time over 12 months, or part-time over 24 months. Students are typically expected to take 6 courses over two semesters. This includes 3 core and mandatory courses and 3 additional courses to suit your particular interests.
Students must choose at least one course from the range of courses offered within the programme. In addition, students must take two further courses either from the list of programme courses and/or courses offered in other taught Masters programmes in the School of Divinity, or in another School (subject to approval from the Programme Director)
Two core courses on each of the Biblical Language/Reading courses:
There are a number of possible scenarios for this language study. Selections are made in consultation with the programme director from among the following:
Advanced Readings in the Greek Bible and Related Literature
Advanced Readings in Biblical Hebrew
In cases where students have only one year of prior study of one biblical language, they may take either Hebrew 2H or New Testament Greek 3 in fulfilment of the core requirement in a biblical language. Ab initio study of NT Greek or classical Hebrew can also contribute to this core requirement.
Approaches to Research in Divinity and Religious Studies:
This core course introduces students to the norms of the different disciplines within Divinity and Religious Studies, this course also addresses critical thinking, succinct critical speaking, research project approaches and best scholarly practice.
OTHER PROGRAMME COURSES:
We offer a viariety of exciting courses. The full list may be subject to changes, the list below includes the courses avaialable in the 14-15 academic year:
Hebrew and Aramaic Texts from Qumran
Hebrew Scripture Theology
Studies in Ancient Judaism
Textual Criticism in Biblical Studies
The Bible, Literature and Hermeneutics
Selected Topics in Biblical Studies
A vital part of the programme is a Masters dissertation of 15,000 words, worth 60 credits. Students work on this from April until August, with one-on-one guidance from an academic supervisor. The dissertation should show advanced knowledge of the subject, as well as good writing and analytical abilities.
Fully accredited by The University of Edinburgh and Globally recognised
International Student Requirements:
For students whose first language is not English, detailed information about required English language qualifications can be found on our website.
Our website will also inform you which international qualifications meet our general entry requirements.