Research course

Biblical Studies

Heythrop College · Theology

Entry requirements

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

Months of entry


Course content

MRes Biblical Studies, specifically for students who wish to continue to MPhil or PhD research, establishes critical and research skills. Whereas the MA aims at breadth, the MRes trains graduate students to specialise in an area of proposed doctoral research. Biblical languages are required on the MRes.

The programme consists of four taught modules and a dissertation:

Research Methods in Biblical Studies

Learn generic research skills (research methodology and project management) and subject-specific skills covering exegsis, lexicons and language skills, manuscripts, papyrology, intertextuality and translation.

Critical Aspects of Biblical Interpretation (Old Testament)

Concentrate on a choice of Old Testament texts by examining critical ways these texts have been and are being read through patristic, medieval, modern and postmodern eyes.


Critical Aspects of Biblical Interpretation (New Testament)

Focus on the history of interpretation and the methodologies of the New Testament. You will cover interpretations from the earliest times of the Patristic period, and you will look at medieval, modern and postmodern times.

Biblical Hebrew

An introduction to grammar and biblical texts in Hebrew.


New Testament Greek

An introduction to grammar and biblical texts in Greek.

Optional modules include:

  • The Bible in the life of the Church
  • Second Temple Judaism
  • Women in the Old Testament and Intertestamental Era
  • Reading 1 Corinthians
  • A Critical Investigation of the Gospel of Mark
  • Critical Aspects of Biblical Interpretation (Old Testament)
  • Critical Aspects of Biblical Interpretation (New Testament)

Information for international students

If English is not your first language, you are required to provide evidence of your proficiency in English. Please visit our website to find out about our language requirements. Our International Students section has additional information for students from outside the UK.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Heythrop is proud to offer our students generous scholarships and bursaries. We have four scholarships available for postgraduates:

  • Student Support Scholarship
  • Alumni Scholarship
  • Qualified Teacher Scholarship
  • Academic Excellence Scholarship

Please visit our website for full details.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

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