MA Biblical Studies Research

Sheffield Institute for Interdisciplinary Biblical Studies (SIIBS), Faculty of Arts and Humanities

Join staff and students from around the world in the Sheffield Institute for Interdisciplinary Biblical Studies. The variety of fresh perspectives you’ll find here will make your masters a unique experience.

We take an innovative, interdisciplinary approach to this subject.

And our open-minded approach attracts the brightest students and academics from all over the world. We study religion, theology and the Bible to help us understand international culture, politics and conflict.

You will be taught by respected writers and researchers such as Dr Katie Edwards, author of Admen and Eve: The Bible in Contemporary Advertising (Sheffield Phoenix Press, 2012) and Dr Meredith Warren, author of My Flesh is Meat Indeed: A Non-Sacramental Reading of John 6: 51–58 (Minneapolis: Fortress Press 2015).

About the course

This course will prepare you for further research at MPhil/PhD level and is ideal if you've already decided to pursue an academic career or you want to be a professional researcher.

We'll give you training in research methods, then you'll work with your supervisor to formulate a research topic and complete a 12,000–15,000-word dissertation.

The rest of your coursework is up to you. You might choose to develop your language skills in Hebrew, Greek, French or German. Or you could focus more on the postcolonial and contemporary cultural aspects of biblical studies.

Core module

  • Research Methods in Biblical Studies

Optional modules

The list includes:

  • Issues in Cultural Studies and the Bible
  • Issues in Religion, Theology and the Bible
  • The Bible and the Arts
  • Religion in an Age of Terror
  • Selected Hebrew Bible Texts in Context
  • Selected New Testament Texts in Context
  • Christian Theology


  • Interactive lectures
  • Seminars
  • Supervised research


  • Coursework
  • Dissertation

Apply now

When you use the online application form, you'll find this course listed under Interdisciplinary Faculty Programmes.

Sarah Hussell, postgraduate Student in the Department of Biblical Studies

The very nature of the discipline of Biblical Studies encourages open-mindedness and free-thinking, and I find that I am always questioning, evaluating and re-evaluating my attitudes to the text and to its place in modern culture.

Sarah Hussell, postgraduate student in Sheffield Institute for Interdisciplinary Biblical Studies (SIIBS)

Key facts

Course duration

  • 1 year full-time
  • 2 years part-time

Entry requirements

Minimum 2:1 honours degree, or equivalent, in Biblical studies, religious studies or theology.

English language requirements

Overall IELTS grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.

Entry requirements for international students

Fees and funding

There are some studentships available for home students through the AHRC Research Preparation Masters Scheme. The deadline for applications is 1 May. For details see

Financial information for postgraduate taught courses

Dynamic teaching and learning

This is one of the world's leading institutes for multidisciplinary research on the Bible. The 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) ranks us among the UK top ten for quality output.

We take a dynamic, contemporary approach to the subject. Drawing on expertise from various disciplines including archaeology, history and social science and literature, we examine the Bible's influence on culture, society and politics.

Our current projects include the historical Jesus and neoliberalism and constructions of masculinity in contemporary representations of Jesus – with reference to hip-hop music and male-targeted sports advertising.

Your career

Our graduates go into a range of careers all over the world, including university lecturing, the creative industries, religious education and the pastoral ministry. They work for a variety of organisations, from charities to museums and libraries.

This MA is designed to be a good preparation for a PhD.

Apply now

You can apply for postgraduate study using our Postgraduate Online Application Form. It is a quick and easy process.

You'll find this course listed under Interdisciplinary Faculty Programmes.

Postgraduate Online Application Form

Any questions?

If you'd like to know more about any aspect of our courses, contact us:

The SIIBS team
T: +44 (0)114 222 9707