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Systematic and Historical Theology (MLitt)

Systematic and Historical Theology (MLitt)

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Full time


1 year

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

MLitt - Master of Letters

Subject areas

Systematic Theology

Course type


Course Summary

Course information

The MLitt in Systematic and Historical Theology is a one-year taught programme run by the School of Divinity.


  • Trains students in a high-level engagement with Christian doctrines in their historical and systematic dimensions.
  • Integrates the study of Biblical origins, primary theological texts, and contemporary scholarship.
  • Balances coursework and a research component that allows students to apply acquired skills to a substantial subject or question of their choosing.
  • Equips students for doctoral study in systematic and historical theology, or for enhanced ministry in church and society.

Teaching format

The programme comprises two semesters of taught modules, featuring both lectures and discussions, and a 15,000-word dissertation. Modules are assessed by essays. Class sizes in the School of Divinity typically range from 6 to 12 students.

Students also attend the weekly Theology Research Seminar, and may, if they wish, enrol in language classes and attend other lectures, seminars and reading groups as appropriate. The School offers classes in Hebrew and Greek, which are open to all students.


Students on the MLitt programme are provided the skills they need to succeed in an international job market, both academic and non-academic.

Regular workshops, both general and subject-specific, in areas such as publishing, conference presentations, and job searches are offered by the School of Divinity and the University.

The Careers Centre offers one-to-one advice to all students on a taught postgraduate course and offers a programme of events to assist students in building their employability skills.


From Nazareth to Nicaea: The origins of Christian theology: examines the beginnings of Christian theology in the New Testament texts and in early Christian writers.

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Entry requirements

Students need to have a good 2.1 undergraduate Honours degree in Theology or a closely related discipline.