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University of Glasgow: Church History and Theology

Institution University of Glasgow View institution profile
Department School of Critical Studies
Web www.glasgow.ac.uk/
Study type Taught

Summary

This Masters engages students in the history of the Christian Church, its theology, and the influence of changing theological and historiographical traditions. The programme gives equal weight to the study of history, theology, history of ideas and historiography, enabling students to develop robust critical skills for analysing changing ideas, customs and intellectual traditions. What makes this programme distinctive is its engagement with not just the history of Christianity, but the changing historiography of Christianity, and its impact upon theology. This Masters is delivered as part of an international collaboration with Stellenbosch University (South Africa).

The University established one of the world’s first professorial chairs in Church History in 1716.

The core staff are Church Historians with diverse expertise who have published widely and edit internationally recognised journals and book series.

The University established one of the world’s first professorial chairs in Church History in 1716. The core staff are Church Historians with diverse expertise who have published widely and edit internationally recognised journals and book series. * The University has a world-class library with exceptional special collections, archives and rare books, including first-century papyri, over 1,000 early incunabula, first editions of key reformation texts, and one of the largest collections of bibles in the world. * Parts of this programme are delivered by Stellenbosch University, joint-oldest university in sub-Saharan Africa and ranked among the best universities for Theology, Divinity and Religious Studies on the African continent.

The core courses include discipline specific training while the optional courses are taught via lectures and seminars. The taught component is followed by a 15,000 word dissertation on a topic of your choice.

The programme runs from January to December and the second block of teaching (April to June) can be undertaken at Stellenbosch University.

Core courses

  • NATURE AND PRACTICE OF CHURCH HISTORY 1 (INCLUDING RESEARCH TRAINING)
  • STUDIES IN EARLY CHURCH HISTORY AND THEOLOGY
  • STUDIES IN THE HISTORY AND THEOLOGY OF THE REFORMATION
  • HISTORY OF CHRISTIANITY IN AFRICA

Optional courses

  • READING, RELIGION AND CULTURE
  • RELIGION AND VIOLENCE
  • JEWISH LITERATURE IN THE GRAECO-ROMAN WORLD (PGT)
  • WOMEN AND GENDER IN THE BIBLE AND THE ANCIENT WORLD (PGT)
  • CHRISTIANITY IN SCOTLAND SINCE THE REFORMATION

Students may take this programme while on secondment from an on-going teaching or professional education position. Students will typically continue to doctoral study, Christian ministry, school teaching or to posts in the culture and heritage sector.

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University of Glasgow


The University of Glasgow is one of the UK’s most prestigious seats of learning, and the fourth oldest university in the English speaking world. Established in 1451 and recognised for its world-changing research and teaching, the University has inspired thinkers from eminent scientist Lord Kelvin and the father of economics Adam Smith, to Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon. 

Rankings

The University:

  • is ranked 73rd in the world in the QS World University Rankings 2022
  • is in the top 100 in the world: Times Higher World University Rankings 2022
  • 95.9% of students in employment or further study 6 …
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