Taught course

Systematic and Historical Theology (MLitt)

University of St Andrews · School of Divinity

Entry requirements

A good 2.1 undergraduate Honours degree in Theology or a closely related discipline.

Months of entry


Course content

The MLitt in Systematic and Historical Theology is a one-year taught programme run by the School of Divinity.


  • Trains students with an undergraduate degree in theology or a cognate discipline in a high-level engagement with Christian doctrines in their historical and systematic dimensions.
  • Integrates the study of Biblical origins, primary theological texts, and contemporary scholarship.
  • Balances coursework and a research component that allows the application of acquired skills to a substantial subject or question of the student’s choosing.
  • Equips students for doctoral study in systematic and historical theology, or for enhanced ministry in church and society.

Teaching format

The programme comprises two semesters of taught modules, featuring both lectures and discussions, and a 15,000-word dissertation. Modules are assessed by a combination of essays and examination. Class sizes in the School of Divinity typically range from 6 to 12 students.


The modules in this programme have varying methods of delivery and assessment. For more details of each module, including weekly contact hours, teaching methods and assessment, please see the latest module catalogue which is for the 2017–2018 academic year; some elements may be subject to change for 2018 entry.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students
EU: £8,500  Overseas: £17,600

Qualification and course duration


full time
9 months


full time
12 months


full time
24 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Secretary
+44 (0)1334 46 2850