University of Edinburgh

Theology in History (MSc)


Old College

South Bridge

Edinburgh, Scotland EH8 9YL

United Kingdom

Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Theology in History (MSc)

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The Masters programme 'Theology in History' looks at the Christian past from a variety of perspectives — theology, philosophy, history — and provides options for special study of themes from the early Church to modern times. The aim of the programme is to enable students to understand and reflect critically upon the historical contexts in which Christian thought has been developed, tested, and affirmed. 
• Our programme is comprehensive and specialised: 
Two of the core courses focus on the most authoritative ecclesiastical constructions of Christian thought from the beginnings to the present day, and explore the debates and challenges that have shaped belief and practice. Beyond the core courses we offer a wide range of optional courses, lending the programme a great deal of flexibility. 
• Our interdisciplinary approach: 
Our lecturers have a wide variety of research interests and bring different perspectives to the programme. You will be taught by historians, philosophers of religion and systematic theologians. 
• 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 benefit from the School’s guest lectures and regular research seminars in Theology and Ethics, and in the History of Christianity. 
• Our focus on skill development: 
Our teaching aims to develop in students the skills, knowledge and understanding needed for work in religious history or systematic theology at a postgraduate level. A core component of the programme is a research methods course: this offers a practical approach to improving postgraduate-level skills of critical thinking and writing. Students can also take up to 40 credits in an ancient or modern language. 
• Our reputation as a prestigious world-leading institution:
The University of Edinburgh is consistently ranked as one of the world’s top 50 universities. We are 19th in the 2016/2017 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.
 The degree can be taken full-time over 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) 
• Creeds, Councils and Controversies I: Patristic and Medieval 
• Creeds, Councils and Controversies II: Reformation and Modern
• Two further courses on research methods
Courses tend to change from year to year. This is selection of the courses are offered in the 16/17 academic year:
• Byzantine Theology
• Calvinist Theology and Piety
• Church, State and Civil Society
• From Diatribe to Dialogue in Muslim-Christian Relations
• History of Christianity in Africa
• Reformation in Sixteenth Century Britain and Ireland
• Religion and the Enlightenment: the Birth of the Modern


The University of Edinburgh is an internationally recognised Higher Education institution . We are one the the world's leading research universities and our degrees as valued the world-over.

Eligibility Requirements:

You should have an undergraduate degree in a relevant subject from a recognised university or college with a minimum 3.25 GPA. If your first language is not English, you will also have to meet English Language requirements to apply.

International Student Requirements:

If you are a non-EU/EEA/Swiss national, and you will come to the UK to study for more than six months, you will need to apply for a Tier 4 visa. You will also need to apply for a Tier 4 visa if you wish to do a work placement as part of your studies, or look for a part time job.

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

International Financial Aid: Yes

In State Tuition (per year): £17,400 full-time GBP

Out State Tuition (per year): £17,400 full-time GBP

Classification: Higher Education Institution (Not Carnegie Classified)

Locale: Midsize City

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