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.

I chose to study an MA 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 an MA 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 an MA in SIIBS!

Aysha Musa, MA Biblical Studies Research

About the course

Course description 2017

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 postcolonial and contemporary cultural aspects of biblical studies.

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Core modules

Research Methods in Biblical Studies

Examples of optional modules

Options include

  • Issues in Cultural Studies
  • the Bible and Visual Culture
  • 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.

Teaching and assessment

Each taught module will consist of the following format:

  • Two residential study schools, which will consist of 40 hours of lectures, seminars, tutorials
  • Conference tutorial time
  • Individual tutorial time
  • Online group learning environment
  • Action research
  • Independent study
  • The dissertation will consist of tutorials and independent study.

Entry requirements

Normally a 2:1 in a relevant degree. Professional qualification and experience also considered.

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

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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.

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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.

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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

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