Taught course

Biblical Studies

St Mary's University, Twickenham, London · St Mary's University, Twickenham, London

Entry requirements

A good - 2:1 or higher - bachelor's degree in Theology/Biblical Studies (or equivalent study).

If English is not your mother tongue, you must pass the IELTS English language test with a score of 6.5 overall, with all individual scores at least 6.0 (or an equivalent test).

You can also be admitted to the MA in Biblical Studies if you have a good degree in another discipline and at least two years of study of Theology (to DipHE level) with marks equivalent to 2.1 or higher. Exceptionally, we will consider your application if you have extensive reading and experience in leadership or ministry in a faith community (church or synagogue), and can provide evidence that you are ready for Master's level study.

Months of entry


Course content

The MA in Biblical Studies offers excellent scholars who will help you learn, think and reflect about interpreting the Bible in today's world. You will engage with Scripture in its ancient and modern contexts, by reading the texts in conversation with high-quality scholarship and in relation to a wide range of issues.

This MA is suitable for many kinds of people:

  • the MA will prepare you well for doctoral study in Biblical Studies, and includes opportunities to engage with biblical texts in the original languages, or to learn one of the languages which you have not previously studied
  • if you serve in Christian or Jewish leadership, the MA will deepen and strengthen your engagement with Scripture in your preaching, teaching and ministry
  • the MA is open to you if you have completed suitable prior theological study, to enable you to grow in understanding, reflection and thoughtful engagement with the Bible.

You can focus your MA in different ways through your choice of options and your dissertation topic. In your dissertation you will dig deep into a topic of your choice with the supervision and support of one of our team of outstanding biblical scholars.

Information for international students

International students should check our country-specific pages for equivalents. English language requirements also apply.

Fees and funding

UK students
Please check our website.
International students
Please check our website.

For information about fees - along with information about financing your studies - please check the Fees & Funding section of our website.

Qualification and course duration


part time
36 months
full time
12 months


full time
12 months


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Prof Steve Walton
020 8240 1028