Master's Degree in Theology (specialisation in the History of Christianity)

This Masters offers a comprehensive overview of the evolution of Christian thought and practice over two millennia and explores the general principles necessary for understanding the history of the Christian Church, and their application, with particular reference to Britain and Ireland.

Postgraduate - Part Time
2 Years
Application Deadline:
15th June 2018
Late applications considered on a case by case basis
Course Start Date:
September 2018
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Introduction

This Masters offers a comprehensive overview of the evolution of Christian thought and practice over two millennia and explores the general principles necessary for understanding the history of the Christian Church, and their application, with particular reference to Britain and Ireland.

Description

Students will be introduced to the practice of writing church history, a critical approach to primary source documents, and the use of historical archives. There are also modules on the literary and theological culture of early medieval Ireland, the writing of Church History from the Reformation to the present day, and the Renewal of Theology in the 20th century. 

During this course, students will have the opportunity to visit, view and research relevant texts from the rich and unique collections of holdings housed in the John Paul II and Russell Libraries on campus, some of which date from as early as the eleventh century. These collections will form an integrated element in most of the taught modules, affording students ample opportunity to explore potentially rich areas for original research in their end-of-year dissertations. This Masters explores the general principles necessary for understanding the history of the Christian Church (first semester) and their application in the context of Britain and Ireland (second semester). It offers a comprehensive critical overview of the evolution of Christian thought and practice over two millennia.

Structure:

Lectures: Wednesday evenings, 6.30pm -9.30pm

Requirements:

The successful completion of five modules over two semesters (full-time) or over four semesters (part-time) and a 15,000 word thesis on an agreed topic.

Entry Requirements:

Applicants should normally possess a recognized primary degree in Theology or a related discipline (for example, History) and have obtained at least a Second Class Honours, Grade I. In exceptional cases, applicants who can satisfactorily demonstrate a long-standing interest in the subject, coupled with proven relevant experience, will also be considered. An interview will form part of the selection procedure. Students whose first language is not English will be required to satisfy the relevant English language requirements.

Fees for Academic Year 2018-19: TBC.

Career Outcomes

Master's Degree in Theology (specialisation in the History of Christianity)
A Masters course such as this one is chosen for a variety of reasons by students: for some, it arises out of a passion for the subject itself (sometimes a person has had a life-long interest in the area and only now has acquired the time and leisure to formalise this in an academic course of study).


Others regard it as offering a range of transferable skills which are highly valued in the marketplace: skills such as the ability to research and present one’s findings in a clear, concise and professional manner; the development of one’s critical thinking and analytical skills; organisational skills such as those which are required when dealing with large amounts of data across a range of sources. These are skills which serve a student well in applying for a range of positions including professions such as the civil service, journalism and the media, the teaching profession, adult education, and across the social sciences.


A solid background in religious history is also important in the area of ecumenism, peace-building initiatives and work with a range of NGOs, not to mention the areas of tourism and heritage. Some students will, at the end of their Masters studies, consider further progression towards acquiring a PhD in a chosen area.

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Application Requirements

Admission Requirements

The minimum entry requirement is a primary degree in which Theology comprises at least an equal joint honours component. Candidates should have obtained at least Second Class Honours, Grade I overall, and Second Class Honours, Grade I in Theology.  An interview will be part of the selection procedure.The Faculty of Theology may also accept applicants whom it deems to have achieved an equivalent standard. Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to satisfy the English language requirements.