University of St Andrews
Divinity MPhil
University of St Andrews

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Key Course Facts

Student Reviews

Below you can see course specific reviews for 15 graduates of Divinity MPhil and other courses in at University of St Andrews for each of the survey questions in comparison to the average for all UK degree courses in .

Overall student satisfaction
90 /100
15 total respondents

Primarily based on data from undergraduate degree students.

The NSS is commissioned by the Office for Students


Salary of Graduates in Theology and Religious Studies

Important: Salary data below is not course specific, but contains data of all students of at the university. Due to data collection methodology, salary data is mainly based on data related to undergraduate students.

  15 months after graduation 3 years after graduation 5 years after graduation
Median salary £22000 £26000 £31000
25-75 percentile range £20000 - £27500 £19000 - £33000 £23000 - £37000

Salary of all UK Graduates of Theology and Religious Studies

  15 months after graduation 3 years after graduation 5 years after graduation
Median salary £23230 £21984 £24753
25-75 percentile range £18266 - £26023 £14721 - £27536 £16715 - £32346

Course Description

Supervision is available for research in: Biblical criticism and Hebrew (Old Testament wisdom literature and prophets); lamentations; Aramaic studies; comparative Semitic philology; medieval Jewish exegesis of Hebrew Bible; inter-testamental literature including Qumran Judaism; biblical theology; New Testament exegesis, theology and interpretation; social-scientific approaches to New Testament; the gospels; Jewish and Greco-Roman context to New Testament; patristic studies (Christian authors of 1st 5 centuries, history of exegesis, development of Christian doctrine); ecclesiastical history (Western Church during 1st 5 centuries, ecclesiastical history of late Middle Ages, Reformation, history of church in Scotland from 15th century, ecclesiastical history of 18th and 19th centuries); divinity (apologetics and philosophy of religion, systematic theology and Christian dogmatics, ecumenical and comparative theology); feminist theory and theology; 19th- and 20th- Century thought; practical theology and Christian ethics (individual and social ethics, medical ethics in Christian perspective, Celtic Christianity, theology and environment, hymnology); ritual studies; religion and politics; contextual theology, especially in Latin America and Africa.

Jobs & Career Perspectives

15 months after graduation, graduates of this course were asked about what they do and, if they are working, about their current job and their perspectives.

Current jobs

Required skill level of job after 15 months

Jobs of graduates of this course (15 months after graduation)

Example below based on all graduates of Divinity MPhil at University of St Andrews

20% Business and public service associate professionals
10% Elementary occupations
10% Business, Research and Administrative Professionals
10% Media Professionals
10% Welfare and housing associate professionals
5% Leisure, travel and related personal service occupations
5% Sales occupations
5% Teaching Professionals
5% Protective service occupations
5% Artistic, literary and media occupations

Grading & Study Time

The PhD is examined by the completion of an 80,000-word thesis.

Entry Requirements / Admissions

UCAS Tariff of Accepted Students for Theology and Religious Studies

Entrant accommodation bursary; recent graduate discount; Santander 600 scholarships; Thomas and Margaret Roddan Trust bursary; Divinity studentships.

Get advice on which foundation courses are best for you to still study Divinity, MPhil, if you do not meet the minimum requirements in terms of UCAS score, A levels, or English language requirements.

A good, relevant Honours degree, 2.1 or above, from a UK university, or equivalent from institutions outside the UK. For doctoral study, it is recommended that some relevant Master's level work be previously undertaken. All applicants whose first language is not English require TOEFL minimum 600 (paper-based); 250 (computer-based), or IELTS equivalent.


Average student cost of living in the 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.

University Rankings

Positions of University of St Andrews in top UK and global rankings.

Rankings of University of St Andrews in related subject specific rankings.

Social Studies & Humanities

    • #3 
    • #7 
    Theology & Religious Studies
    CUG The Complete University Guide - By Subject
    [Published 08 June, 2023]
    • #1 
    • #14 
    Theology, Divinity & Religious Studies
    QS World University Rankings By Subject
    [Published 22 March, 2023]

See all 34 university rankings of University of St Andrews

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.

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