University of Edinburgh

Biblical Studies, Master of Science (MSc) /MTh Master of Theology (MTh)


Old College

South Bridge

Edinburgh, Scotland EH8 9YL

United Kingdom

Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Biblical Studies, Master of Science (MSc) /MTh Master of Theology (MTh)

Format: Campus

Program Description:

Finely-honed language skills are central to the programme’s engagement with the Bible, the world that produced it, and its later readers. It provides expert in-depth study of the Hebrew Bible and New Testament, the wider ancient Near East and Mediterranean World, and related extra-biblical literature including the Dead Sea Scrolls.


You will be taught by leading academics with research interests in the Hebrew Bible, New Testament, early Judaism and early Christianity.

You will benefit from weekly research seminars in biblical studies, and from our Centre for the Study of Christian Origins. This programme can be taken either as a Master of Theology (MTh) or as a Master of Science (MSc); the difference is only in the name.



-The width of our research interests:

The research interests of our internationally respected academics span the fields of Old Testament, New Testament, Early Judaism, and Early Christianity.


-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 the School of 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.


- Our reputation as a prestigious world-leading institution:

The University of Edinburgh is consistently ranked as one of the world’s top 50 universities. We are 19th in the 2016/2017 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.  You will be given training in research methods which offers a practical approach to postgraduate level skills of critical investigation and writing, and receive individual supervision for your 15,000 word dissertation.


CORE COURSES: Compulsory courses comprise two biblical language/reading courses, in Greek or Hebrew/Aramaic, and two in research methods. Many scenarios for language study can be chosen in consultation with the Programme Director. If you have only one year’s prior biblical languages study you may take Intermediate Biblical Hebrew or Intermediate New Testament Greek.



You will choose three options. At least two must be from courses in biblical studies, of which the following are examples:

• Hebrew Bible in Historical Critical Perspective

• Hebrew Scripture Theology

• The New Testament in its Graeco-Roman Context

• Science and Scripture


The options on offer change from year to year, so please consult the Programme Director for advice on what will be available. With the agreement of your Programme Director, you may also choose options from other taught masters programmes in the School or University, and from advanced undergraduate courses such as Historical Jesus or Jesus in Film.



This programme is designed to provide a strong foundation for postgraduate research in the field or for employment in a range of areas requiring critical analysis and empathetic understanding.


The University of Edinburgh is an internationally recognised Higher Education institution . We are one the the world's leading research universities and our degrees as valued the world-over.

Eligibility Requirements:

You should have an undergraduate degree in a relevant subject from a recognised university or college with a minimum 3.25 GPA. If your first language is not English, you will also have to meet English Language requirements to apply.

International Student Requirements:

If you are a non-EU/EEA/Swiss national, and you will come to the UK to study for more than six months, you will need to apply for a Tier 4 visa. You will also need to apply for a Tier 4 visa if you wish to do a work placement as part of your studies, or look for a part time job.

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

International Financial Aid: Yes

In State Tuition (per year): £17,400 full-time GBP

Out State Tuition (per year): £17,400 full-time GBP

Classification: Higher Education Institution (Not Carnegie Classified)

Locale: Midsize City

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