University of St Andrews
Bible and Contemporary World MLitt
University of St Andrews

Course modalities offered

Key Course Facts

Course Description

This is an interdisciplinary programme between biblical and theological studies and aims to enable students to relate the Christian tradition in creative and productive ways to various aspects of the contemporary world.

This course is available in two formats; as a traditional residential programme in St Andrews and as a part-time virtual programme, largely via the internet. Either way, you join with others from across the world in relating the Christian tradition to a host of aspects of life. From guided reading, lectures and online discussions you gain an understanding of how culture shapes, and has been shaped by, Christian belief, practice and theology. You become critically aware of disputes, how these are addressed in scholarly literature, and learn how to develop your own judgements on matters of serious common concern.

Each module is assessed independently. Each module typically comprises: 1. online lectures and seminars. 2. 100% coursework assessment. Students who wish to graduate with the MLitt (Masters) qualification must also successfully complete a dissertation of 15,000 words.

Entry Requirements / Admissions

Carnegie-Cameron bursaries; entrant accommodation bursary; Formula Santander postgraduate scholarship; recent graduate discount; Thomas and Margaret Roddan Trust bursary.
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A good 2.1 undergraduate Honours degree. You do not need to have a degree in Theology in order to apply for a place on this programme; however, all applicants will be expected to have sufficient knowledge to equip them for postgraduate level of study in the field of theology. If you studied your first degree outside the UK, please see the university’s international entry requirements.

Visa Requirements for International Students

Visa requirement

All international students (including citizens from EU countries) intending to study this or any other academic programme for more than 6 months in the UK require a Student Visa.

International students younger than 18 years require a special Child Student Visa. Exceptions from this general rule may apply to holders of other UK work visas, British National Overseas visa, family member visa and recognised refugees or asylum seekers.

Permission to work while studying

University of St Andrews is listed by the UK government as an institution licensed to sponsor migrant students.

Student visa holders from licensed institutions are entitled to work during their full-time bachelor's, master's or Phd studies for
- 20h/week during the term
- Full-time outside term time (e.g. vacations, work placements, once course ended)

After completion of a bachelor's or master's programme of at least 12 months Student Visa holders of licensed institutions can convert their visa into a Graduate Visa which entitles graduates to work for 2 years in the UK.


Tuition Fees Bible and Contemporary World MLitt

England UK £9900
Northern Ireland £9900
Scotland £9900
Wales £9900
International £20370

Additional fee information

The fees shown are for 2021/2 entry. Fees for 2022/3 will be released later in the session.

Average student cost of living in UK

Rent £518
Water, gas electricity, internet (at home) £50
Supermarket shopping £81
Clothing £35
Eating out £33
Alcohol £27
Takeaways / food deliveries £30
Going out / entertainment (excl.alcohol, food) £24
Holidays and weekend trips £78
Transport within city £17
Self-care / sports £20
Stationary / books £13
Mobile phone / internet £13
Cable TV / streaming £7
Insurance £51
Other £95
Average student cost of living £1092

London costs approx 34% more than average, mainly due to rent being 67% higher than average of other cities. For students staying in student halls, costs of water, gas, electricity, wifi are generally included in the rental. Students in smaller cities where accommodation is in walking/biking distance transport costs tend to be significantly smaller.

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About University of St Andrews

The University of St Andrews is located in the historic county of Fife, Scotland. Teaching at this institution began in the year of 1410, making it one of the oldest universities not just in Scotland, but also in the English-speaking world. St Andrews has repeatedly been ranked among the top universities in the United Kingdom by The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide, ensuring prospective students that they can expect an experience that satisfies their desire to learn and excel.

Where is this programme taught

Main Site - 16 St Katharine's West
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