MRes Interdisciplinary Biblical Studies

Overview

MA Biblical Studies Research

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.

The MRes Interdisciplinary Biblical Studies is designed to enable you to develop the skills to engage with current biblical research in a way tailored to your personal interests and to what you need for your future success.

It will deepen your grounding in the field and provide ideal preparation for research study at MPhil/PhD level, if that is your goal.

Fast facts

Title: MRes Interdisciplinary Biblical Studies

Award: Master of Research

Duration: Full-time - 1 year, Part time - 2 years

Entry: Minimum 2:1 honours degree, or equivalent, in biblical studies, religious studies or theology

Apply now: Online Application Form
N.B. Please include an outline of the area of research you would like to pursue (in your dissertation) under the 'Statement' section of the application form.

Content

In our taught course we include a mix of core and optional modules. In addition, you’ll research your own interests in an extended dissertation.

You’ll attend lectures, seminars and tutorials. During your dissertation you’ll be supervised by one of our academic staff, who’ll provide you with guidance on your topic and methodology. You will have access to a dedicated computer room for students.

Assessment is by coursework assignments and a dissertation.
Those achieving an average of 60 per cent or higher will be considered for entry for our research degree programmes (MPhil-PhD).

Modules

What do I need to bear in mind when reading these listings?

Modules are listed by semester, and compulsory modules are indicated.

These modules are for our MRes programme based in Sheffield.

We cannot guarantee that all of these modules will be available each year. This listing is subject to change and is designed to give you an idea of the range of modules we offer.

Who will be teaching me?

All of our academic staff teach on our MRes programmes.

REL6000: Research Methods (core for MRes in Interdisciplinary Biblical Studies, 30 credits)

This module equips students with the essential techniques for research in Biblical Studies, including:

  • how to define a research topic;
  • the location and effective use of research resources, such as the internet;
  • analytical and critical skills;
  • writing up research.

Assessment: coursework

EGH623: Work Placement with Research Project (Spring Semester, 30 credits)

Assessment:

REL6016: Issues in Cultural Studies (Spring Semester, 30 credits)

Students examine a range of issues in the field of cultural studies and the Bible in this module. Seminars engage with specific problems through a discussion of a variety of topics and critical perspectives within the field. Precise research topics reflect the research interests of members of staff.

Assessment: coursework

REL6019: Issues in Religion, Theology and the Bible (Full-year, 30 credits)

This module covers a range of issues in the field of Religion, Theology and the Bible. Seminars engage with specific problems through a discussion of a variety of subjects and analytical frameworks. Precise research topics reflect the research interests of members of staff.

Assessment: coursework

REL6070: Dissertation in Biblical Studies (Full-year, 90 credits)

The dissertation is an extended piece of independent academic research undertaken in consultation with a supervisor. Students begin thinking about this in the autumn semester, but work on it mainly in the second semester and during the summer.

Assessment: 12,000 word dissertation

Fees and funding

Tuition fees information

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 www.ahrc.ac.uk.

Financial information for postgraduate taught courses

We are pleased to announce that Postgraduate Masters Loans are available for students on the MRes Interdisciplinary Biblical Studies. You may be eligible for a government loan of up to £10,000.

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

Information for disabled applicants