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Academic Programmes: Honours & Master's

BA Hons Programme in Ancient Languages

Aims of programme

Broadening the knowledge of one of the ancient languages (Biblical Hebrew, Greek or Latin). Specialization is possible in (a) Biblical Hebrew or New Testament Greek linguistics; (b) Bible translation; (c) New Testament Greek literature; (d) classical Greek literature; and (e) Latin literature.

Admission requirements

A Bachelor's degree with one of the ancient languages (Biblical Hebrew, another Semitic language, Greek or Latin) as a major. An average of 65% is required in the major leading to postgraduate study. Students with another language or related subject (e.g. Ancient Cultures or Biblical Studies) as major with Hebrew, Greek or Latin only in the second year could be admitted after the completion of additional work.

Module description

  • Theory, method and background

  • Text and Language Study I

  • Text and Language Study II

  • Research Assignment

Contact Prof Christo van der Merwe for more details.
Tel: +27 (0) 21 808 3655

MA Programme in Ancient Languages

Admission requirements

An Honours degree in Ancient Languages, Biblical Hebrew, another Semitic language, Greek or Latin or another qualification accepted by the Senate as equivalent. A basic knowledge of a second ancient language is strongly recommended.

The programme requires the writing of a thesis containing the results of research on an aspect of ancient languages.

Contact Prof Christo van der Merwe for more details.
Tel: +27 (0) 21 808 3655

Master of Theology in Old and/or New Testament

This is a modular non-residential degree which can be completed over a period of one year.

Entrance requirements and qualifications

Admission requirements are a four year Bachelor's in Theology or Divinity, or an equivalent qualification which has been approved by the Senate.

General structure and content

There are two courses available. IN BOTH THESE COURSES STUDENTS MAY TAKE A MODULE IN BIBLE TRANSLATION. The first places greater emphasis on independent research and consists of three examination papers, two in a major subject and one in a subsidiary subject. This is followed by a full Master's thesis. The second programme is a structured MTh course. This consists of six papers, four in the major subject and two subsidiary papers. In addition the candidate is required to write a mini-thesis, which could be used as the research proposal for a Doctoral thesis.

Contact the Faculty Secretary for Theology for more information.