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Biblical Studies (MScR)


Course Description

Programme description

This programme is intended for students who wish to develop their expertise in Biblical Studies, including those who wish to prepare for subsequent PhD work. The emphasis is on adding depth and breadth to expertise in biblical languages.

Finely honed skills in biblical languages are central to this programme’s engagement with the Bible, the world that produced it and its later readers.

The programme will provide you with expert, in-depth study of the Hebrew Bible and New Testaments, the wider, ancient Near East, and related extra-biblical literature, including the Dead Sea Scrolls and scholarly methods for studying them.

You will be taught by leading academics whose research interests are the Hebrew Bible, Old Testament, New Testament, early Judaism and early Christianity.

You will benefit from weekly seminars from senior specialists in biblical studies and related subjects, and the School’s Centre for the Study of Christian Origins.

Programme structure

The programme runs over one year (two years if part time).

The programme runs over one year (two years part-time). You will be taught mainly in small classroom/seminar groups. You will receive training in research methods and individual supervision for your 15,000-word dissertation.

Compulsory courses:

The core components comprise two biblical language/reading courses, in Greek or Hebrew/Aramaic.

There are numerous scenarios for language study chosen in consultation with the Programme Director. If you have only one year previous study of a biblical language you may take Intermediate Biblical Hebrew or Intermediate New Testament Greek.

Option courses:

You may choose two from options including:

Hebrew and Aramaic Texts from Qumran
Hebrew Scripture Theology
Studies in Ancient Judaism
Textual Criticism in Biblical Studies
The Bible, Literature and Hermeneutics
New Testament Exegesis
Hebrew Bible Exegesis

You can choose another course from the School of Divinity, or from another School at the discretion of the Programme Director, and subject to availability.

Career opportunities

The programme is designed to provide a strong foundation for postgraduate research in biblical studies.

Visit the Biblical Studies (MScR) page on the University of Edinburgh website for more details!

Entry Requirements

The minimum entry requirement is a UK 2:1 degree in theology/religion (with adequate study relevant to biblical studies), or its international equivalent. You are expected to have previously studied at least one of the two main biblical languages (Hebrew or Greek). Any appropriate professional experience will also be considered.

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