You can apply for just a single module or for the whole two-year part-time distance learning degree programme.
Applications close 1 November 2019 for a start on Monday 20 January 2020.
Thinking about it…
We took the occasion of the 2019 reunion of distance learning alumni to launch our new open-access online journal that will provide programme graduates with a publication option for their dissertations and module papers.
Titled “Bible and the Contemporary World,” the journal is the official publication of the MLitt “Bible and the Contemporary World” programme at the University of St. Andrews.
Pictured above are two of the contributors to the first issue: Constanze Schummer and Graham Deans. With them are the General Editor, Eric Stoddart and the Managing Editor, Daniel Rentfro. At this launch ceremony Eric observed that,
‘this journal addresses important aspects of our contemporary world and about which various Christian traditions have something to say. I am delighted to see the hard work of Daniel Rentfro and the editorial team result in this inaugural issue. It is a valuable contribution to the wider work of the School of Divinity.’
A call to alumni of this programme for papers for the next issue will be coming soon (to be published in March 2020).
Fr. Morkos Fakhry (MLitt, 2018) has published The Book of Revelation and the Church of Alexandria with Eastern Christian Publications, Fairfax, Virginia, USA. Building on his MLitt dissertation, Fr. Morkos offers a theological examination of the Book of Revelation in the liturgy and traditions of the Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria.
We congratulate Fr. Morkos on this achievement.
Modules for 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 are now advertised on the University’s admissions portal. Check them out here.
Applications for entry in September 2019 are open until 13 July 2019 [extended from June].
The School has commenced a scheme of Honorary Research Assistants (HRAs) appointed to engage in research in biblical studies and theology, in relation to other disciplines in the arts, humanities and social sciences, towards the pursuit of defined projects relevant to the mission of the Bible and the Contemporary World programme. This mission is currently described in the programme specification as “how culture shapes, and has been shaped by, Christian belief, practice and theology.”
The HRAs, all of whom will be alumni of the Bible and the Contemporary World MLitt programme, will have numerous personal and professional responsibilities beyond their role with St Mary’s so the expectations of outputs is indicative and limited. There is no financial numeration attached to these honorary appointments.
Applicants are invited to apply in writing to Eric Stoddart by Friday 8 March 2019 indicating the intellectual contribution they anticipate making. This need not be in the formal style of a research proposal but, in not more than 1000 words, applicants should explain their research interests and anticipated outputs. (This scheme is available only for alumni of the MLitt Bible and the Contemporary World programme.)
Four HRAs were appointed in 2018, with a further two appointments available to be made in 2019. You can read about the work of the current HRAs by following these links:
The activities of HRAs include the conduct of research either independently, or, where appropriate, as a member of a team but without academic supervision by School of Divinity staff. Outputs may be in the form of, for example, articles in peer-reviewed journals or blog entries to reputable non-peer-reviewed outlets. Access to library electronic resources will be available but no study or other office space will be allocated. It is anticipated that in almost all cases HRAs will conduct research and associated work at their own locations around the world. There is no expectation of visits to St Andrews.
There is scope for HRAs to assist in the development of a limited amount of research-related material for teaching or other purposes with appropriate guidance from the School. Occasional contributions to teaching, or presentations, in relation to her/his research project(s) may also be possible. Occasional online colloquia (distinct from the regular learning activities of the MLitt programme and the School’s research seminar programme) may be held via Skype. The creation of a ‘Bible and the Contemporary World’ blog – to which HRAs, and others, contribute is also under consideration.
Given the very different personal circumstances of potential HRAs, individually tailored agreements on the quantity or nature of outputs will be agreed in conjunction with the Director of the Bible and the Contemporary World programme. Such initial agreements will be finalized in writing and reviewed every year. HRAs will be managed by the Director of the Bible and the Contemporary World programme.
Honorary Research Assistants will normally be appointed for periods of three years at a time, renewable by mutual agreement. HRAs shall be bound by all relevant University Policies pertaining to research and intellectual property. All honorary appointments require to be approved by the Principal’s Office and it is anticipated that the second cohort of HRAs will commence their role in late summer 2019.
I came across this programme when I was looking for a Masters that would combine two of my interest: politics and theology. I decided to apply and the programme has exceeded my expectations!
I have had the pleasure to learn more about surveillance, art and I am currently learning about hermeneutics. The programme has helped me to think more critically and it has expanded my knowledge about subjects that I would naturally not engage with theologically – although they are a big part of our contemporary life!
The program offers a wide variety of specialised subjects but also gives the opportunity to learn from fellow students from diverse backgrounds as well. The online platform gives you the opportunity to continue conversations that started during the residential study week. The programme has been set up as a distance course which means communication channels work exceptionally well.
I believe this programme so far has helped me in my work in ministry in Hong Kong and I am sure it will continue to do so.
Hendrika (Hong Kong) – 2020
Having the opportunity to study at the prestigious University of St Andrews, in the St Mary’s School of Divinity, has been a wonderful experience for me. The MLitt Bible and the Contemporary World course, in particular, has been especially useful because as a trained local preacher, with ministerial aspirations, I needed the tools to expand my theological horizons.
The variety of contemporary modules and the high standard of teaching have equipped me with practical tools for ministry and academic work, including research. As a result, I am hoping to further my studies when this programme is completed, by embarking on a PhD in theology.
David (England), class of 2020.
Zoë Bennett gave a guest lecture at our January 2019 study week for the module ‘The Bible and the Contemporary World’. The springboard for her talk was Zoë’s recent book, co-authored with Christopher Rowland, In a Glass Darkly: The Bible, Reflection and Everyday Life.
Paul Bickley, research fellow at Theos and an alumnus of this programme, delivered a guest lecture at our January 2019 study week for the module ‘The Bible and the Contemporary World’.