Study Week

The next study week will be held 30 August – 3 September 2021.

We are making arrangements to deliver next semester’s study week for the taught module and dissertation students in a hybrid form that includes both in-person and on-line learning activities. The dynamic nature of the pandemic means that in-person classes in St Andrews is our hope but we are being prudent by making arrangements that can be readily adapted at short notice.

The study week for ‘Surveillance, Theology and the Bible’ will comprise a number of lectures given by Eric Stoddart (as course teacher) and guest speakers. Dr Stoddart’s lectures, including a Q&A component will be delivered to those students in St Andrews and live-streamed.

Guest lectures will be pre-recorded (available a few days ahead) and with a separate live Q&A component online for those in a classroom in St Andrews and elsewhere. Usually this will mean a 50 minute lecture with a one-hour Q&A from guest speakers; or a 90 minute lecture incorporating Q&A from Dr Stoddart.

The live components will be held in the afternoons (UK time) as will other activities such as small group discussion sessions. Social events will be in the UK evenings.  Live-streaming in this context includes the opportunity for asking questions and/or contributing comments.

Students on the taught module may attend in St Andrews but should be aware that in-person classes will be confined to the afternoons and early evenings (normally between 2pm and 8pm). Participants receive a detailed programme.

Advance Preparation

You will have access to a wide range of electronic resources via your St Andrews IT account. This will include scholarly journals, e-books and other digitised materials provided under license.

A core reading list will be made available. Digital extracts from the core list will be made available to participants once the module is underway. The further extensive list contains items that, in most instances, will be available as e-journals or e-books accessible using your St Andrews IT account. For new entrants this becomes fully active closer to the commencement of the module.

Some reading lists may be available a few weeks before the module commences – but you are not normally expected to do reading in advance.

Online and In-Person Participation

Instructions about accessing the online platforms will be provided in August with the opportunity to check out your access, software and hardware. You will need an internet connection – as you would have required in any case to take part in the programme as a whole.

Our hope is that as many students as possible will be able to be in St Andrews but we appreciate that some will be unable or unwilling to travel on this occasion.

It will greatly assist our planning if participants inform the School of Divinity about their intention to participate in St Andrews or to do so online – not later than 23 August 2021 and by emailing


It greatly helps you to get to know the other students, and they you, if you are willing to provide brief biographical details which are made available to the group upon arrival at St Mary’s College. Just a few words (no more than 60 please) about your family, hobbies, professional context, and reasons for choosing this course may be emailed to the Distance Learning Officer ( by 23 August 2021.

Registration and Matriculation

You should complete as much of the registration processes as possible before arrival. Full instructions are emailed to you by the Registry shortly before you commence your first module. Although these instructions will ask you to arrange a meeting with your supervisor/tutor in order to finalize your selection of module this is not applicable to our distance learning programme. This is handled on your behalf – as we offer only one module each semester – and we hold a matriculation clinic on the first day of the study week to iron out any last minute details.

Social Activities

We include a number of these in the online programme for the study week.

On the Sunday evening before the Residential Study Week commences you usually find a number of the students gathering in The Saint Bar and Kitchen (formerly The WestPort Bar) a little along the road from the College, at the east end of South Street (not the Cathedral end). When necessary, we will replicate this in an online format where possible.


We normally arrange an individual tutorial for each student during the course of the module. This is an opportunity for you to ask questions about studying at postgraduate level, or explore aspects of your progress on the course. These will be conducted by phone or web-based video-conference during the semester.