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Interdisciplinary Biblical Studies

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

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

Course description

This course will prepare you for further research at MPhil/PhD level. 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 historical or contemporary cultural aspects of biblical studies. Alternatively, you might choose to do a work placement module to gain valuable experience in media, charity or academic work.

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Core modules

  • Research Methods in Biblical Studies

Optional modules

Choose from a range of optional modules. These might include:

  • Issues in Cultural Studies
  • Work placement module
  • Issues in Religion, Theology and the Bible
  • Reading modules for which you can agree your own focus with the tutor to reflect your research interests


Each taught module will consist of:

  • Conference tutorial time
  • Individual tutorial time
  • Online group learning environment
  • Independent study

The dissertation will consist of tutorials and independent study.


You'll be assessed on your coursework and a dissertation. 


  • 1 year full-time
  • 2 years part-time
Postgrasuate MA Biblical Studies Research student

I chose to study a masters in SIIBS as I was looking for a course that would allow me to look at a variety of aspects of the Biblical texts, including language, gender, sexuality, media and culture and SIIBS allowed me to do this. My favourite aspect of my time studying a masters in SIIBS were the events, programmes and activities available to me. They were engaging and inclusive as well as being beneficial to my studies. I would highly recommend a masters in SIIBS!

Aysha Musa
Postgraduate in the Sheffield Institute for Interdisciplinary Biblical Studies

Entry requirements

Minimum 2:1 honours degree, or equivalent.

English language requirements

Overall IELTS score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component, or equivalent.


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

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The course information set out here may change before you begin, particularly if you are applying significantly in advance of the start date.