Masters (taught, MTh/MSc)

The masters is a one year taught full-time (or two years part-time) programme.

A taught Masters is a one year full-time (or two years part-time) programme of advanced study in an area.  It is an ideal way to gain the academic foundation needed for professional work or for further study such as a PhD.

The Masters programmes are taught mainly in small classrooms or seminars for the programmes’ compulsory and optional courses.  Students are given training in research methods which offers a practical approach to postgraduate-level skills of critical investigation and writing. Towards the end of your period of study you will be expected to write a 15,000 dissertation for which you will receive individual supervision.

At the end of the programme you will receive either a Master of Science (MSc) or a Master of Theology (MTh). This depends on the programme you take and your personal preference.

Full-time or part-time?

Most of our programmes are available to study full-time or part-time. There are advantages to both ways of study, but the way you choose will depend on your ongoing commitments, your financial resources and your individual study preferences. Please note that if you require a visa to study in the UK, you will not normally be permitted to study on a part time basis.

Explore our study areas below 


Study in-depth the Hebrew Bible and New Testament, the wider ancient Near East and Mediterranean World and related extra-biblical literature including the Dead Sea Scrolls.

Study a wide range of courses offered by the School of Divinity and the Department of Philosophy.

This programme offers deep and broad study of the relationship between all genres of literature and a wide range of religious traditions, thoughts and practices.

Investigate religious traditions, theories and methods in the study of religion.

Engage in the advanced interdisciplinary study of science and religion.

Look at the Christian past from a variety of perspectives – theological, philosophical and historical.

Understand a wide range of Christian beliefs, culture and practice worldwide in historical, theological, and social contexts.