Taught course

Biblical Language and Literature

University of St Andrews · School of Divinity

Entry requirements

A good honours degree (UK 2.1) or equivalent.

Months of entry


Course content

The MLitt in Biblical Languages and Literature offers students with existing competence in Biblical languages the opportunity of sustained close and critical engagement with the Biblical texts.

Course highlights

  • Focus on the reading of biblical manuscripts and the use of the apparatuses of the critical editions of the Hebrew Bible, Septuagint and the New Testament with preparation for research degrees.
  • Gain a critically and historically informed understanding of biblical traditions and their textual development.
  • Contextualise the various methods and sources employed in bibilical scholarship to use textual investigations in broader biblical, historical and theological research.

Teaching format

The MLitt in Biblical Languages and Literature is a one-year taught programme run by the School of Divinity. The programme pays special attention to text-critical issues and familiarises students with the use of critical editions of texts, exploring the methods, sources and norms of Biblical scholarship.

The programme comprises 120 credits from taught modules held over two semesters, featuring both lectures and discussions. Class sizes for this degree are small, typically fewer than 10 students, so students have ready access to instructors. Students also have access to substantial library holdings in the areas of biblical languages and literatures.

Over the course of the year, but with particular focus over the last three months, you will research and write a 15,000 word dissertation.

Information for international students

If your native language is not English you will be required to submit with your application evidence of a level of attainment in spoken and written English appropriate for postgraduate study. IELTS 7.0 or equivalent is normally required. http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/elt/entry/

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

AHRC; School scholarships. Visiti https://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/study/pg/fees-and-funding/ for more information

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months


full time
9 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Secretary
+44 (0)1334 462850