Join our online Christian art degree and access outstanding expertise and digital archives.

Explore the fascinating relationship between art and faith in the Christian world, 从中世纪到现代时期.

Study with an ancient university founded in 1495, and access our world-class university collections, including the Aberdeen Bestiary, wherever you are in the world.

Together we’ll explore:

  • the power of images in ritual, liturgy and popular culture
  • the architecture of devotion
  • visual culture’s impact on the history of Christianity, its debates and controversies.

You’ll examine a broad spectrum of objects, images, texts, and aesthetic discourses to deepen your knowledge of Christian art and its histories, beyond the western European context.

Flexible study options

  • Join us online, part-time or full-time.
  • Study for the MLitt or exit early with a Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma.
  • Set your own study hours with this flexible degree that’s designed to fit around work and life commitments.

You can also study this degree on campus.

Who can join online MLitt Christianity and the Visual Arts?

This online degree is open to anyone with an undergraduate degree in a humanities subject, such as art history, theology and religious studies.

We also welcome those working in the professional sectors who are seeking upskilling opportunities, such as the clergy and those employed in museums and galleries.

You can study this degree as preparation for further postgraduate research, for future employment or vocational training – or simply out of interest.

By the end of this degree, you’ll be able to...

  • Explore the intersections of art and Christianity from medieval to modern.
  • Describe and evaluate important discourses on theological aesthetics and its long history.
  • Reflect on historical and contemporary discourses on art and faith.
  • Use interdisciplinary methodologies to evaluate art historical and theological topics.
  • Contribute to debate via online discussion and coursework.
  • Share original research into Christianity and the arts that you’ve carried out as part of your dissertation.

What you’ll study

You’ll study the following courses that make up the 180 credits of this Masters degree.

You can also choose to exit early, earning a:

  • Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits) or
  • Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits).

How you’ll study

Online learning

Our distance learning Masters in Christianity and the Visual Arts is delivered flexibly, 100% online.

You can study with us anywhere in the world with no need for a study visa, and manage your study hours to suit you.

Your teaching

You’ll learn and interact within a virtual classroom, using digitised resources, archives, and discussion boards. Wherever you’re based, we aim to give you the unique experience of studying art and Christianity in a meaningful way.

Your teaching is delivered through MyAberdeen, our online Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). It holds all the materials, tools and support you’ll need in your studies. Take a look around MyAberdeen.

You can access your learning materials on computer, smartphone and laptop, 24 hours a day. You’ll find a range of resources at your fingertips, including:


This degree is assessed entirely online via:

  • essays
  • book reviews
  • discussion boards
  • creative assessment, eg, posters.
Extract from the Aberdeen Bestiary

Amazing archive access

You’ll have access to our outstanding Special Collections online.

They’re Scotland’s most significant university holdings. Within our collections, you can explore digitised illuminated manuscripts, including the Aberdeen Bestiary, oil paintings, early modern print collections, archives including the Scottish Catholic Archives, and much more.

Outstanding expertise

You’ll learn from leading experts in Art History and Divinity, based in our School of Divinity, History, Philosophy and Art History (DHPA).

Your support team

Our friendly team are here to answer any queries you have before, during and after your studies.

Dr Karl Kinsella

We are working in the spirit of true collaboration to explore the relation of Christian art and theology across time and space. Aberdeen has phenomenal resources in its high-profile academics, its inspiring students and its world-class collections.

Dr Karl Kinsella, Lecturer in Medieval Art History

Where this will take you

Towards further research

Your MLitt will give you robust research training, preparing you to undertake further research in Art History and/or Theology.

You could go on to carry out PhD research on campus or with distance supervision.

Many of our students also go on to have distinguished academic careers.


Your MLitt in Christianity and the Visual Arts can help you upskill or work towards employment in the arts, culture, faith and heritage sectors.

It provides valuable transferable skills of:

  • visual analysis
  • critical and ethical thinking
  • debate and presentation.

It can also be part of professional development in parallel with vocational training.

Free careers advice

We’ll help you explore your career potential and connect with job opportunities around the world.

You can access our free careers service while you study, and for up to five years after you graduate.

From interview training to CV clinics, we’re here with tailored, impartial and professional advice.

Fees and funding

The fee quoted above is based on you starting your studies with us in the 2022/23 academic year.

We have confirmed that our fees will rise by 5% for the 2023/24 academic year. The indicative fee above includes this 5% fee rise.

Pay as you go

Don’t worry, you do not have to pay the full degree fee upfront.

You can pay for your degree one term at a time. This gives you a flexible way to spread the cost.

Why study Christianity and the Visual Arts online with the University of Aberdeen?

Entry requirements


  • A 2:1 (upper-second) honours degree or equivalent (normally a 3.0 GPA in North America).

We also welcome alternative qualifications combined with relevant professional experience. If you don’t have a formal degree qualification, please submit a supporting personal statement with your application.

These are our minimum entry requirements. They are given as a guide and do not guarantee entry.

Master of Letters - 180 credits

You’ll work through four 30-credit courses and a 60-credit dissertation to gain your MLitt.

You can choose to study part-time or full-time.

Study mode

MLitt - Part-time

Choose to study full-time and you’ll take 60 credits each term.

You’ll complete the MLitt within 12 months.

It typically takes 24 months to complete the MLitt part-time.

For part-time study, we recommend you take no more than 30 credits per term. Your 60-credit dissertation will be split into two 30-credit parts to spread your workload.

You’re welcome to take a study break between courses, as long as you complete your studies within six years.


Work on your dissertation happens throughout the programme but the main period for research and writing is in the summer term.

60 credits


  • May

We will endeavour to make all course options available; however, these may be subject to change. Further information about potential changes can be viewed here.

Master of Letters

180 credits


This indicative cost is based on 180 credits of study over two years, starting in September 2022.

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This indicative cost is based on 180 credits of study over two years, starting in September 2022.

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