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Masters degrees in Divinity examine the nature of deities and other divine beings, such as the Holy Spirit and angels. These courses usually (but not necessarily) focus on the Christian tradition.
Similar postgraduate specialisms include Theology & Religious Studies, Biblical Studies and Pastoral Studies. There are several different kinds of Masters degree in this area, including the Master of Arts (MA), the Master of Theology (MTh) and the Master of Letters (MLitt).
Masters in Divinity typically concentrate on the ‘big questions’ surrounding God and the nature of His / Her existence. As such, you may find yourself assessing ontological arguments from a philosophical as well as a theological point of view.
If taken in the United Kingdom, these courses shouldn’t be confused with the Master of Divinity (MDiv), an important qualification for those wanting to become a Christian minister in North America.
A Masters in Divinity could lead to a range of career opportunities, from the clergy itself through to several sectors where critical thinking abilities are vital, such as journalism, government (local and central) and academia.
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The research interests of academic staff and graduate students in Ethics and Practical Theology encompass a range of theoretical and practical approaches to ethics, religion and theology, including environmental ethics, peace-building and reconciliation, ethical theory, and pastoral and practical theology. Read more
The MLitt in Bible and the Contemporary World is a one-year taught programme run by the School of Divinity. Gain an understanding of how public issues and culture both shape and are shaped by Christian theology, biblical interpretation and practice. Read more
The MLitt in Sacred Music is a one year full-time or two years part-time taught programme and is run jointly by the School of Divinity's Institute for Theology, Imagination and the Arts (ITIA) and the University of St Andrews Music Centre. Read more
Aberdeen has trained Christian Ministers since Bishop William Elphinstone founded Kings College in 1495. The medieval campus is centred around the beautiful Kings College Campus and Chapel. Read more
The University of Aberdeen has taught and researched Theology since its inauguration at Kings College in 1495. This rich heritage of research and teaching and programme is delivered entirely. Read more
Philosophy, science and religion are three endeavours that shape in far-reaching and fundamental ways how we think, what we value, and how we live. Read more
The Advanced Diploma is a nine-month postgraduate qualification especially designed for those who already have a degree, but in a subject other than Theology and Religious Studies. Read more
The aim of the Postgraduate Certificate in Chaplaincy (PGCertChap) is to enhance chaplaincy in a range of contemporary settings through engagement with current scholarship into the practice of chaplaincy. Read more
The aim of the Postgraduate Diploma in Chaplaincy (PGDipChap) is to enhance chaplaincy in a range of contemporary settings through engagement with current scholarship into the practice of chaplaincy. Read more
The aim of the Postgraduate Diploma in Faith-Based Leadership and Management (PGDipFBLM) is to enhance leadership and management in faith-based organisations, through the incorporation of current scholarship in both Theology and Business Administration. Read more
The Postgraduate Diploma in Ministry (PGDipMin) requires one year of full-time or its equivalent in part-time study. The aim of the diploma is to enhance contemporary ministries through the incorporation of current scholarship into the practice of ministry. Read more
The Master of Arts (Coursework) programme is designed to give students the skills sought-after by employers around the globe, with a balance of specific subject knowledge plus broad-based transferable skills – such as oral and written communication, and analytical skills. Read more