The MLitt in Analytic and Exegetical Theology addresses central themes in Christian thought, embodying the academic ideals and principles of analytic theology while engaging with contemporary research in both biblical exegesis and analytic philosophy.
Postgraduate; leading to a Master of Letters (MLitt)
One year full time
A good 2.1 undergraduate Honours degree in Theology, Philosophy (with a strong religious component) or Biblical Exegesis.
If you studied your first degree outside the UK, see the international entry requirements.
English language proficiency. See English language tests and qualifications.
UK and EU: £6,800
Applications for 2016 entry are now closed. Please check back for applications information for 2017 entry.
For more guidance, see supporting documents and references for postgraduate taught programmes.
If you are looking to start this programme in 2017, you can find information about 2017 entry on the 2017 Analytic and Exegetical Theology (MLitt) page. Information about all programmes from previous years of entry can be found in our archive.
The MLitt in Analytic and Exegetical Theology is a one-year taught programme run by the Logos Institute in the School of Divinity. The programme is aimed at students interested in engaging central theological topics at a taught Masters level and are considering progressing to pursue doctoral research.
This is an intellectually rigorous programme which introduces students to interdisciplinary engagement with major theological themes at an advanced level. The course draws on research in biblical studies and analytic philosophy while embodying the methodological commitments and intellectual ideals that characterise analytic theology.
The MLitt comprises 120 credits of taught modules held over two semesters. During Semester 2, but with particular focus during the summer months, you will begin researching and writing the final component of the MLitt, a 15,000-word dissertation.
Teaching methods include lectures, one-to-one discussions, seminars and class presentations. Assessment will include seminar presentations, extended essays and end-of-semester written examinations. Class sizes in the School of Divinity typically range from 6 to 12 students.
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.
The modules listed ran in the academic year 2015-2016 and are indicative of this course. There is no guarantee that these modules will run for 2016 entry.
Take a look at the most up to date modules in the module catalogue.
Student dissertations are supervised by members of the teaching staff who advise on the choice of subject and provide guidance throughout the research process.
Students begin their dissertations at the start of Semester 2, but will have time for particular focus during the three months in summer. The completed dissertation of 15,000 words must be submitted by a date specified in August.
If students choose not to complete the dissertation requirement for the MLitt, there are exit awards available that allow suitably qualified candidates to receive a Postgraduate Certificate or Postgraduate Diploma. By choosing an exit award, you will finish your degree at the end of the second semester of study and receive a PGCert or PGDip instead of an MLitt.
MLitt students are encourage to take full advantage of the Logos Institute which offers seminar discussions, conferences, dinners and other activities.
In addition, the School of Divinity regularly hosts international conferences and smaller symposia on themes across the field of biblical and theological studies.
In addition to the MLitt, the School offers a two-year residential Master of Philosophy (MPhil) degree option in Analytic and Exegetical Theology.
Many of our graduates continue their education by enrolling in PhD programmes at St Andrews or elsewhere in the UK and abroad.
Students on the MLitt programme are provided with 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 Institute, the School of Divinity and the University.
Admission to the University of St Andrews is governed by our Admissions policy.
As a research intensive institution, the University ensures that its teaching references the research interests of its staff, which may change from time to time. As a result, programmes are regularly reviewed with the aim of enhancing students' learning experience. Our approach to course revision is described online. (PDF, 72 KB).
The University will clarify compulsory fees and charges it requires any student to pay at the time of offer. The offer will also clarify conditions for any variation of fees. The University’s approach to fee setting is described online. (PDF, 84 KB).