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MA Biblical Studies Research

Course Description

About the course

This course will prepare you for further research at MPhil/PhD level. We’ll give you training in research methods, then you’ll work with your supervisor to formulate a research topic and complete a 12,000–15,000-word dissertation.

The rest of your coursework is up to you. You might choose to develop your language skills in Hebrew, Greek, French or German,
or you could focus more on the postcolonial and contemporary cultural aspects of biblical studies.

Where your masters can take you

Our graduates go into a range of careers all over the world, including university lecturing, the creative industries and religious education. They work for a variety of organisations, from charities to museums and libraries.

The MA Biblical Studies Research is designed to be a good preparation for a PhD.

About us

This is one of the world’s leading institutes for multidisciplinary research on the Bible. The 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) ranks us among the UK top ten for quality output.

We take a dynamic, contemporary approach to the subject. Drawing on expertise from various disciplines including archaeology, history and social science and literature, we examine the Bible’s influence on culture, society and politics.

Our current research includes projects on biblical literacy, religion and conflict, embodied religion, the Bible and forced migration, and religion and rape culture.

Outstanding teaching

When you study with us, you tap into a huge amount of specialist expertise. As a masters student, you’ll be part of the culture of the department, giving presentations at research seminars and engaging with visiting researchers.


Studentships are available for Home students through the AHRC Research Preparation Masters Scheme. The deadline for applications is May 1. For details see:


Teaching and assessment

You’ll be taught through interactive lectures, seminars and supervised research. You’ll be assessed on your coursework and a dissertation.

Core module

Research Methods in Biblical Studies.

Examples of optional modules

Options include: Issues in Cultural Studies; the Bible and Visual Culture; Issues in Religion, Theology and the Bible, and reading modules for which you can agree your own focus with the tutor to reflect your research interests.

Visit the MA Biblical Studies Research page on the University of Sheffield website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Yong-chi Rhie

When I did my BA in theology at my home university, I always wanted to explore more about biblical literature and other religions. However, it was difficult to find a course that wasn't restricted into a certain religious ideology or theological tradition. That is why I chose Biblical Studies at Sheffield - it's well known for its variety of approaches to the biblical text, from archaeology to literary and cultural studies.


Entry Requirements

Minimum 2:1 honours degree, or equivalent, in biblical studies, religious studies or theology. English language requirementsOverall IELTS grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.

Last Updated

06 December 2016

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