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Biblical Studies (MRes)

Course Description

MRes Biblical Studies
The degree is aimed specifically at students who wish to proceed to research at doctoral level.

The MRes Biblical Studies programme establishes critical and research skills. Where the MA aims at breadth, the MRes aims principally at training graduate students to specialise in the area of proposed doctoral research. Biblical languages are not requisite on the MA but any language essential to proposed doctoral research will be a required module in the MRes.

The programme consists of four taught modules and a dissertation:

Research methods in Biblical Studies is divided into training on generic research skills, e.g. research methodology and project management, and subject-specific skills covering exegesis, lexicons and language skills, manuscripts, papyrology, intertextuality and translation.

Biblical Hebrew or new Testament Greek must be chosen by MRes students without the prerequisite language for their proposed doctoral study.

Critical Aspects of Biblical Interpretation I (OT) concentrates on a choice of Old Testament texts in an attempt to examine critical ways in which these texts have been, and are being, read through patristic, medieval, modern and post-modern eyes. Texts will also be read through a variety of Christian and Jewish interpretative approaches.


Critical Aspects of Biblical Interpretation II (NT) focuses on both the history of interpretation and the methodologies (old and new) of the New Testament. The module covers interpretations from the earliest times in the Patristic period and will look at medieval, modern and postmodern times.

Optional modules:
Women in the Old Testament & the Intertestamental Era
Second Temple Judaism: Texts & Traditions
The Bible in the Life of the Church
A Critical Investigation of the Gospel of Mark
Reading 1 Corinthians

Evenings (except Biblical Hebrew which is taught in the daytime)

PGCert Biblical Studies
PGDip Biblical Studies

A range of bursaries and scholarships are available to help eligible students meet the cost of the tuition fees.

Entry Requirements

An honours degree (normally 2.1 or above) or equivalent in an appropriate subject.

Course Fees

£4,500 (full-time, Home & EU fees), £2,350 (part-time Home & EU fees), £11,500 (full-time International fees)

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