University of Edinburgh

School of Divinity

MSc/MTh World Christianity


Old College

South Bridge

Edinburgh, Scotland EH8 9YL

United Kingdom

Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Master of Science or Master of Theology, the difference being one of nomenclature only

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The aim of the programme is to enable students to reflect with critical insight on the process of transformation of Christianity from a religion that for long appeared to be inseparably wedded to European cultural and philosophical frameworks into a polycentric and multicultural faith. This programme has a particular emphasis on Africa and Asia, but students with primary interests in Latin America or Oceania will find that these can readily be accommodated within the programme. Attention is also paid to the growing presence of African and Asian Christian communities within the northern hemisphere. WHY STYDY WITH US? Our Interdisciplinary approach The programme utilises perspectives from the fields of Christian theology, history, anthropology, sociology, and mission studies. Furthermore, a regular postgraduate seminar in World Christianity gives opportunities to hear presentations from a wide range of experts in the field and from PhD students. The flexibility of our programme In addition to the two core courses, and a general course on research methods, students select three options from a menu of courses on African and Asian Christianity, with opportunity to select from a wider range of offerings. At least two of the options must be postgraduate courses offered by the Centre for the Study of World Christianity or by other subject areas within the School of Divinity. Assessment for both core and optional courses gives maximum opportunity for students to develop a portfolio of assessed work that reflects their particular interests. The dissertation of 15,000 words undertaken from April to August offers a more extended opportunity to research a topic at a high level. Access to impressive research resources In addition to the rich bibliographical resources of New College Library (one of the largest theological libraries in Britain), the main University of Edinburgh Library, and the National Library of Scotland, students have access to the Centre for the Study of World Christianity’s specialist library and unique collection of archival materials on world Christianity and the history of Christian mission. Our focus on skill development The course may be taken as an end in itself and it also serves as an excellent preparation for work at PhD level in world Christianity. Students will acquire skills in a variety of research methods, academic writing at a high level, oral presentation, and in critical thinking about the role of religion in different social and cultural contexts. Where appropriate, students can incorporate in their programme a language course that may be necessary for future doctoral work. Our international reputation The University of Edinburgh is consistently ranked as one of the world’s top 50 universities. We are 17th in the 2014/2015 QS World University Ranking. As host to more than 30,000 students from some 137 countries, the University of Edinburgh attracts the world’s greatest minds DEGREE STRUCTURE The degree can be taken full-time aover 12 months, or part-time over 24 months. Students are typically expected to take 6 courses over two semesters. This includes 3 core and mandatory courses and 3 additional courses to suit your particular interests. Students must choose at least one course from the range of courses offered within the programme. In addition, students must take two further courses either from the list of programme courses and/or courses offered in other taught Masters programmes in the School of Divinity, or in another School (subject to approval from the Programme Director) CORE COURSES: Concepts and Methods in the Study of World Christianity Selected Themes in the Study of World Christianity These two courses concentrate on the in-depth study Christian history, thought and practice in and from Africa, Asia and Latin America. Approaches to Research in Divinity and Religious Studies This core course introduces students to the norms of the different disciplines within Divinity and Religious Studies, this course also addresses critical thinking, succinct critical speaking, research project approaches and best scholarly practice. OTHER PROGRAMME COURSES Students must choose at least one course from the range of courses offered within the programme (please note that a selection of these courses are offered each year): Christianity in Asia, 1700 to the Present Critical Debates in Christian Mission History of Christianity in Africa Religion and the New African Diaspora Dissertation A vital part of the programme is a Masters dissertation of 15,000 words, worth 60 credits. Students work on this from April until August, with one-on-one guidance from an academic supervisor. The dissertation should show advanced knowledge of the subject, as well as good writing and analytical abilities.


Fully accredited by The University of Edinburgh and Globally recognised

International Student Requirements:

For students whose first language is not English, detailed information about required English language qualifications can be found on our website. Our website will also inform you which international qualifications meet our general entry requirements.

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: No

International Financial Aid: No

# of Credits Required: 180

Classification: Higher Education Institution (Not Carnegie Classified)

Locale: Midsize City

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