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MA Biblical Interpretation and Theology

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  • Objectives
    The course aims to foster your ability to interpret and reflect theologically on Biblical texts. After successfully completing the course, you should be able to demonstrate: a critical comprehension and sophisticated analysis of current debates in Biblical Theology and Interpretation; the skills required for study at research degree level (MPhil or PhD).
  • Entry requirements
    This MA is suitable for students with a first degree in Theology and/or Religious Studies or in a related subject or Classics. It is also very suitable for RE teachers and Christian (or other) religious ministers who would like to upgrade or update their undergraduate studies. It is an ideal degree if you wish to pursue a one-year MA as preparation for a research degree (either MPhil or PhD), as suggested by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).
  • Academic Title
    MA Biblical Interpretation and Theology
  • Course description
    Key facts

    -The Department of Theology and Religious Studies has a long and distinguished history.
    -It was awarded the highest national research rating of 5*A in the latest Research Assessment Exercise – this grade reflects the high quality of publications which the staff have produced.
    -You will be part of a thriving postgraduate community that welcomes students from all over the world

    Course Content
    You will take a core compulsory module in Research Methods and Resources - in order to develop the skills necessary when undertaking a major piece of independent research – and choose two modules (although students who do not already know a Biblical language must take either Introduction to Biblical Hebrew and Biblical Hebrew Readings or Introduction to Biblical Greek 1 and Introduction to Biblical Greek 2) offered by the Department, such as:

    -Old Testament Interpretation in History, Theory, and Practice
    -Texts from the Hebrew Bible
    -Central Issues in New Testament Theology
    -Hermeneutical Theory: an Interdisciplinary Approach
    -The Jewish World in the Hellenistic-Roman Era
    -The Theology of Paul

    In addition, you will choose one further module from an approved list within the department, or from another department within the University. With the permission of the Course Co-ordinator, you may even take 30 credits’ worth of undergraduate modules instead of this additional MA module.

    Please note that all module details are subject to change.

    Course Structure

    This course can be taken on a full-time basis over one year (September to September) or part-time over two years.

    You will be required to take 120 credits of taught modules (including the compulsory module), as well as undertaking a 60-credit dissertation on the subject of your choice.

    Modules are typically assessed through a written piece of coursework.

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