Divinity and Classics (MA)

Divinity and Classics overlap in historical periods and the Greek and Latin heritage of Christianity in Europe and North Africa.

Programme Director Dr Suzanna Millar discusses the undergraduate Divinity and Classics (MA) programme here at the School of Divinity, University of Edinburgh.

Both disciplines have been taught at the University since its foundation in 1583. By the time you graduate from this programme, you will have acquired expertise in handling the complex and diverse approaches to reading classical cultures.

This programme is delivered together with the School of History, Classics and Archaeology.

Why study this programme

  • You will develop knowledge in both Divinity and Classics.
  • You will develop skills in assessing classical cultures' continued contributions to contemporary society.
  • You will be studying in one of the world's most prestigious centres for the study of both Divinity and Classics, and you will be working alongside world-renowned scholars.
  • Suited for a variety of career aspirations, the programme can also serve as a basis for the study of classical and/or theological and/or philosophical issues and topics at postgraduate level.
  • Students have the opportunity to explore their interests by taking a wide variety of courses and acquire valuable skills and experiences, such as international study.

Degree programme information and specifications

Degree structure and courses

  • Students take 480 credits over four years (120 each year).
  • In years one and two, students take 240 credits from pre-honours courses.
  • In years three and four, students take 240 credits from honours courses, including a 40-credit dissertation in the fourth year.

Throughout your time on this programme, half of your time will be dedicated to the study of Theology and the other half to the Classics.

First-year courses provide a broad introduction and foundation in knowledge and relevant skills. Second-year courses build on this foundation, focusing on particular subjects, texts, and topics. Students also have the opportunity from their first year to commence the study of Biblical languages (Hebrew, Greek) and/or Classical languages (Greek, Latin).

In years three and four, a wide array of advanced-level honours courses is available. A major dissertation (10,000 words) is required in the final year and can be taken in either Divinity or Classics topics.

Degree programme table

Aims and outcomes

The Divinity and Classics MA programme has five main goals:

  • To offer study in the traditional disciplines of Classics and Theology that have comprised the academic study of the classical world and languages, ecclesiastical history, biblical studies, Religious Studies, Theology, and Ethics, from introductory through advanced levels.
  • To allow students to tackle Classics and Divinity in an integrative manner.
  • To provide students with opportunities to reflect on the nature of the development of the classical world.
  • To develop students’ experience and abilities in research, comprehension, analysis, critical thinking, self-presentation and communication.
  • To permit students to study additional subjects outside of Classics and Divinity as a part of their degree programme.

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