Taught course

Theology, Imagination and the Arts

University of St Andrews · School of Divinity

Entry requirements

A good undergraduate honours degree (minimum UK 2.1) or equivalent.

Months of entry


Course content

The MLitt in Theology, Imagination and the Arts gives students a theoretically inflected and historically contextualised introduction to the field of theology and the arts, acting as a stepping stone for those considering doctoral research in the field.

Course highlights

  • A unique training programme for artists wishing to reflect on the theological dimensions of their work, and for theologians wishing to explore the place of art within theological thought and practice.
  • An ideal stepping stone towards the Institute's PhD programme, which centres on a three-year independent research project.
  • Engages with diverse forms of culture of different eras, including literature, drama, the visual arts and music.

Teaching format

The MLitt in Theology, Imagination and the Arts is a one-year taught programme run by theInstitute for Theology, Imagination and the Arts (ITIA), part of the School of Divinity. The programme is designed to provide a broad introduction to postgraduate work in the field of theology and the arts. It can be taken as self-contained programme of study or as a grounding for those intending to pursue doctoral research in this field.

The programme consists of three taught modules taken over two semesters followed by a 15,000-word dissertation written over three months during summer. Modules are taught through weekly lectures with class sizes typically ranging from 6 to 12 students. Assessment comprises a combination of coursework and written examination.

Students attend ITIA’s weekly research seminar, and may, if they wish, enrol in language classes and attend other lectures, seminars and reading groups as appropriate. The School offers classes in Hebrew, Greek and Latin, which are open to all students.

Information for international students

A minimum of IELTS 7.0 or equivalent is required. http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/elt/entry/

Fees and funding

UK students
International students


Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months


part time
21 months
full time
9 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Secretary
+44 (0) 1334 462850