‘Increasing Support for Postgraduates’
An Interview with Anna Sapir Abulafia
Director of Graduate Studies, Professor of the Study of Abrahamic Religions
by Olga Puzanova
Anna Sapir Abulafia, who took over as Director of Graduate Studies at the Faculty earlier this year, shares her thoughts about the Faculty and its diverse graduate programmes and explains how graduate students can make the most of the vibrant research community at the Faculty.
Which taught courses does the Faculty offer?
We have the two-year MPhil which is subdivided into courses on the Old Testament/Hebrew Bible, New Testament, Christian Doctrine, Ecclesiastical History, and Christian Ethics. Christian Doctrine is further subdivided into sections on the history of doctrine and issues in theology with a chronological span from the Patristic period to the modern day. We also offer MPhils in Philosophical Theology and Judaism and Christianity in the Graeco-Roman World. The one-year Master of Studies (MSt) in Theology is subdivided into courses on Old Testament/Hebrew Bible, New Testament, Christian Doctrine, Ecclesiastical History, Christian Ethics, and Science and Religion. There is also an MSt in Philosophical Theology as well as an MSt in the Study of Religions, a rapidly expanding area in the Faculty. The Post-Graduate Diploma (PGDip) (one year or two years part-time) is a very interesting conversion course for those who have no previous academic background in Theology or Religious Studies but decide that they want to learn more about these academic fields. The one-year PGDip in Applied Theology (two years part-time) and the two-year Masters in Applied Theology (MTh) (three to four years part-time) place a strong emphasis on pastoral theology.