Study Week

This next study week will be delivered wholly online and not held in St Andrews.

This information is for participants in the ‘Bible and the Contemporary World’ distance learning programme. Here you will find all you need to know in preparation for the next Study Week.

The study week will, however, still be delivered from Monday 18 January 2021 – Friday 22 January 2021.

Alternative Format. The study week will not be held in St Andrews. Instead, we will deliver the study week wholly online through a variety of pre-recorded lectures, real-time discussions with teachers and other students (which will be recorded for later access but solely by students on this programme), and online social events.

As far as is reasonably feasible, real-time discussions of lectures and other teaching materials will take place to accommodate a variety of time zones and the times of these sessions included on the schedule. It is likely that some, if not all, of the pre-recorded material will be available in the week beginning Monday 11 January 2021 – although the focussed week of interactive sessions will still be 18 – 22 January 2022.

We are aware that some of you may not therefore choose to take vacation leave from your place of work. However, engaging with the content and active participation in the various dimensions of the study week is vital. We expect you to join in within reasonable hours of your day (including in social events).

The face-to-face interaction during study weeks is such an important dimension of this programme and it is with great sadness that we have to deliver it in a different format on this occasion. However, I (as course director) have a few exciting ideas up our sleeves to make this a thoroughly enjoyable and community-building learning experience.

In order that we can make preparations for your engagement in this online study week there is some information we need from you by 20 December 2020 – please email

  1. The time zone in which you anticipate being located during the study week.
  2. Your biographical entry (not more than 60 words) for the pamphlet we issue to students involved in the study week.

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 Participation

Instructions about accessing the online platforms will be provided in January 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.


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 the date above.

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 will 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). We will replicate this in an online format on this occasion.


We normally arrange an individual tutorial for each student. 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.