University of St Andrews

Systematic and Historical Theology MLitt

University of St Andrews
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Typology Master
Location St andrews (Scotland)
Duration 1 Year
  • Master
  • St andrews (Scotland)
  • Duration:
    1 Year

The MLitt in Systematic and Historical Theology offers students the opportunity to engage at a high level with the study of Christian doctrine in its historical context and systematic expression.

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St Andrews (Fife)
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University Of St Andrews, KY16 9AJ


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· What are the objectives of this course?

Trains students with an undergraduate degree in theology or a cognate discipline in a high-level engagement with Christian doctrines in their historical and systematic dimensions. Integrates the study of Biblical origins, primary theological texts, and contemporary scholarship. Balances coursework and a research component that allows the application of acquired skills to a substantial subject or question of the student’s choosing. Equips students for doctoral study in systematic and historical theology, or for enhanced ministry in church and society.

· Who is it intended for?

Students on the MLitt programme are provided the skills they need to succeed in an international job market, both academic and non-academic. Regular workshops, both general and subject-specific, in areas such as publishing, conference presentations, and job searches are offered by the School of Divinity and the University. The Careers Centre offers one-to-one advice to all students on a taught postgraduate course and offers a programme of events to assist students in building their employability skills.

· Requirements

A good 2.1 undergraduate Honours degree in Theology or a closely related discipline.

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What you'll learn on the course

Guided Study
History of Biblical
Biblical Interpretation
Mediaeval Theologian
Patristic Theologian
Christian Theology

Course programme


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 2018–2019 academic year; some elements may be subject to change for 2019 entry.


  • The Origins of Christian Theology: examines the beginnings of Christian theology in the New Testament texts and in early Christian writers.

Optional modules are subject to change each year, and some may only allow limited numbers of students .

  • Christology: the development of Christological thought from the fourth-century conciliar settlements up to the present day.
  • The Doctrine of the Trinity: the development of the doctrine of the Trinity from the fourth-century conciliar settlements up to the present day.
  • Guided Study in Divinity: a small module enabling students to research a chosen topic under the guidance of a member of staff and to develop it in the form of a long essay.
  • History of Biblical Interpretation: critically and historically surveys the most common interpretations of the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, the Septuagint and the New Testament.
  • A Selected Mediaeval Theologian: allows students to engage at length and in depth with the thought of a formative, mediaeval thinker.
  • A Selected Modern Theologian: allows students to engage at length and in depth with the thought of a formative, modern thinker.
  • A Selected Patristic Theologian: allows students to engage at length and in depth with the thought of a formative, patristic thinker.

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. Student dissertations will be supervised by members of the teaching staff who will advise on the choice of subject and provide guidance throughout the research process. The completed dissertation must be submitted by a date specified in August.

There is no exit award option (such as a PGCert or PGDip) for this programme. In order to complete the MLitt, students must pass the dissertation element of their course.

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Overseas Fee : £18,480