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MA Biblical Studies, with pathways (Part-Time)

 Course Level
Masters / PG
 Type
Part Time

 Duration
2 Years
 Start month
September

 Tuition fee

International
17550 GBP
National
9000 GBP
EU
9000 GBP

Application fee

International 0 GBP
National 0 GBP
Department
Department of Theology and Religious Studies
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)7
TOEFL-IBT (min)100
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About this course

A Biblical Studies MA provides a focus either in biblical literature, with an opportunity to learn Greek and/or Hebrew, or in Christian theological interpretation. You will be introduced to a wide range of interpretive approaches in the core module, and then choose from a range of optional modules taught by leaders in the field. In addition, a dissertation allows you to engage in depth in a subject of your choosing.

Key benefits

  • Diverse approaches to studying the Bible: in its ancient context, as literature, and as generative source of centuries of theological reflection.
  • Optional training in biblical languages. Student with prior knowledge of Hebrew and or Greek can extend their understanding of the languages and the range of texts they work with. Introductory modules are available for those with no prior experience.
  • A combined and integrative approach to Hebrew Bible/Old Testament and New Testament.
  • Teaching in the theory and practice of biblical hermeneutics.
  • Optional instruction in the methodology and content of Christian theology with particular attention to the importance of biblical literature in the development of Christian doctrine.
  • A strong background for those wishing to go on to research or an excellent independent higher qualification.
  • Regular seminars (in both Systematic Theology and Biblical Studies) with papers given by nationally and internationally renowned speakers.
  • Unrivalled location gives access to the British Library and the British Museum, as well as the excellent Maughan Library at King's.
  • A supportive educational environment within a department that specialises in the three 'Abrahamic' faiths. 

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Eligibility Criteria

A Bachelor's degree with 2:1 honours (or overseas equivalent) is usually required but not necessarily in a humanities subject. 

We know that relevant background can be acquired by informal routes and we are delighted to consider all applications.

Applicants without experience in the field could also consider our Graduate Diploma, which is especially designed to ease the transition to Theology & Religious Studies from another subject.

English language requirements:

IELTS: 7.0

TOEFL-IBT: 100

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Course Modules

Required Modules

  • Interpreting the Bible (20 credits)
  • Dissertation (60 credits)

Optional Modules

The Language and Literature Pathway includes critical study of the Hebrew Bible and/or New Testament in the historical and literary contexts out of which they arose, engaging in questions at the forefront of the scholarly discipline. A biblical language is compulsory and can be studied at introductory or advanced level.

If you come into the degree with intermediate competence in Greek or Hebrew you must choose 20 credits from:

• The Passion: History, Text & Representation (Greek stream) (20 credits)

• Paul's Writings: Special Study of Chosen Passages (20 credits)

• Advanced Hebrew Texts: Prose (20 credits)

In addition you should choose the remaining credits from the above and/or from the following list:

• The Bible & Archaeology (20 credits)

• The Gospels (20 credits)

• Patristic Theology in the Making (20 credits)

• Cosmology and Chaos in the Hebrew Bible (20 credits)

You may substitute one module from the second group with another Level Seven module from anywhere in the Faculty, either from within the TRS programme, or else outside, for example from Classics or the Centre for Hellenic Studies.

If you are without intermediate Greek or Hebrew, you must choose 40 credits from:

• 7AATC223 Introductory Koine Greek With Texts (40 credits)

• 7AATC241 Introductory Biblical Hebrew I (20 credits)

• 7AATC242 Introductory Biblical Hebrew II (20 credits)

Remaining credits may then be chosen from the above and/or from the following list:

• 7AATC230 The Passion: History, Text & Representation (English stream) (20 credits)

• 7AATC232 The Bible & Archaeology (20 credits)

• 7AATC233 The Gospels (20 credits)

• 7AATC341 Patristic Theology in the Making (20 credits)

• 7AATC734 Cosmology & Chaos in the Hebrew Bible (20 credits)

You may substitute one module from the second group with another Master's level module from anywhere in the Faculty, either from within the TRS programme, or else outside, for example from Classics or the Centre for Hellenic Studies.

The Theology Pathway includes engagement with the theological interpretation of the Bible, and the study of Christian doctrine as it has developed in constant interplay with biblical interpretation.

You must choose 40 credits from the following (please note that this list of choices is subject to availability each session):

• 7AATC401 Revelation and Reason: Content and Method In Systematic Theology (40 credits)

• 7AATC404 Modern Doctrine (20 credits)

• 7AATC411 The Idea of Beauty in Western Theology (40 credits)

• 7AATC341 Patristic Theology in the Making (20 credits)

In addition you must choose a further 60 credits from the above and/or from the following list:

• 7AATC230 The Passion: History, Text & Representation (20 credits)

• 7AATC232 The Bible & Archaeology (20 credits)

• 7AATC233 The Gospels (20 credits)

• 7AATC734 Cosmology and Chaos in the Hebrew Bible (20 credits)

• 7AATC223 Introductory Koine Greek With Texts (40 credits)

• 7AATC241 Introductory Biblical Hebrew I (20 credits)

• 7AATC242 Introductory Biblical Hebrew II (20 credits)

• 7AATC231 Paul's Writings: Special Study of Chosen Passages (20 credits)

• 7AATC745 Advanced Hebrew Texts: Prose (20 credits)

• 7AATC746 Advanced Hebrew texts: Poetry (20 credits)

Students may substitute one module from the second group for another Master's level module from anywhere in the Faculty, either from within the TRS programme, or else outside, for example from Classics or Philosophy. 

The modules run in each academic year are subject to change in line with staff availability and student demand so there is no guarantee every module will run. Module descriptions and information may change between years.

 

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How to Apply

Application procedure

Your application will usually be assessed by two academic members of staff. We aim to process all applications within four to six weeks, although this may take longer in February and March, and over holiday periods.

Personal statement and supporting information

Please provide a personal statement with your application, which clearly explains why you wish to take our programme, and outlines your relevant background experience.

Application closing date

The deadline for applications is 02 September for 2016 entry. Note that funding deadlines may be earlier. Applications will be considered subject to availability of places, so we encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible. International applications must be received by 29 July to allow sufficient time for visa processing.

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