University of Aberdeen


Old Aberdeen Campus


First Year: Introduction to the Hebrew Bible; The Founders of Christianity: Introduction to the New Testament; The Rise of Christianity (0-600); Basic Christian Doctrine; What Does it Mean to be Human: Learning from the Margins; Religion at Ground Zero; Christian Belief: Its Critics and Defenders. Introduction to Religions of the World 1 and 2. Sustained Studies: Hebrew 1 and 2; New Testament Greek 1 and 2; Latin 1 and 2.

Second Year: History and Religion of Ancient Israel; Earliest Portraits of Jesus; The Mission and Message of Paul the Apostle to the Gentiles; The Pilgrim City (Mediaeval Church); Christian Doctrine and Practice: Major Christian Thinkers; Exploring the Tradition of Christian Ethics. Economic and Psychological Theories of Religion; Sociological and Anthropological Theories of Religion; Islam; Buddhism. Sustained Studies: Hebrew Language 3 and 4; Reading New Testament Greek 1 and 2; Intermediate Latin 1 and 2.

Third and Fourth Year (Honours): Old Testament Theology; Comparative Semitic Linguistics; Contemporary Issues in the Study of the Hebrew Bible. Luke Acts in Context; The Gospel and Letters of John; New Testament Theology; Heavens, Seers and the End: Apocalypticism and the New Testament; Recovering the Historical Jesus; The Graeco-Roman Environment of the New Testament; The Jewish Environment of the New Testament. The Reformation in Scotland; Luther, Calvin and the Shaping of Protestantism; Reformation Reason and Revolt; The Followers of Lady Poverty: St Francis and His Disciples. These Three are One: Introduction to The Christian Doctrine of God; Theology of Karl Barth; Justice and Reconciliation; Christian Ethics and Creation; New Directions in Natural Theology; Religion, Secularism and Public Life; Spirituality, Health and Healing. Social Anthropology of Religions; Atheism; Critical Theories of Religion: The Frankfurt School; Quran; The Life of Muhammad; Understanding Confucianism; Reading Confucian and Daoist Sacred Texts; Understanding New Religious Movements.

Entry Requirements

2024 entry requirements

Standard entry:
4 Highers at AABB (by end of S5) plus English at National 5. Those with Highers at BBB by end of S5 are encouraged to apply.

Entry to year 2 may be possible with 2 Highers at BC plus Advanced Higher RMPS at A or 2 Advanced Highers at AB including RMPS at A.

Widening access entry:
2 Highers at BB (by end of S5). Additional Highers/Advanced Highers in S6.

Start Date





BD Hons

Study Method

Full time



Course Length

4 years


Arts and Social Sciences


Divinity, History and Philosophy

SCQF Level