The School is part of a university which was established in 1822, with Church History having been a core subject in the theological curriculum from the beginning. Drawing on expertise throughout the Faculty of Humanities, our staff has an international profile in scholarship with published expertise in monasticism and medieval Christianity, Protestant nonconformity, nineteenth century and twentieth century religious thought as well as Christianity in Wales.
The School of Theology, Religious Studies and Islamic Studies has a vibrant research culture and MTh students are encouraged to participate in research seminars.
There are two parts to the MTh. Part I consists of six taught modules, on completion of which the student progresses to Part II, a 15,000 word dissertation. The MTh comprises three compulsory modules and three options, devised in such a way as to equip the student with essential knowledge of key aspects of the Christian tradition, along with a dissertation on a specialist topic of the student's choice.
The Compulsory modules comprise Study Skills which introduces students to the basic skills needed to be a successful researcher including how to access and utilize bibliographical resources. Two further modules at the start of the programme provide the student with an overview of two key epochs in Christian history, namely the patristic or early church period, and the Protestant Reformation. The Church Fathers and the Making of Doctrine introduces the way in which Christian faith developed and was formularized by its leading theologians and thinkers during the first five centuries while The Reformation provides an insight into the way in which Christian Europe responded to the challenge of renewal during the sixteenth century and beyond.
The student is required to complete three of the four option modules which cover medieval Christianity (C£teaux and the Growth of the Cistercian Order and St Thomas Beckett: Archbishop, Martyr, Saint), popular Protestantism during the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries (The Evangelical Revival in England and Wales), and religion and society during the twentieth century (Christianity, Culture and Society in Twentieth Century Britain).
The programme is based upon an established pool of expertise in related concerns, and covers a range of projects undertaken over a number of years:
Staff are research active and regularly attend academic conferences.
Study cutting edge areas of academic interest
The staff expertise represents a considerable bank of knowledge and skills that will underpin this programme and will ensure student experience a high quality educational experience.
In addition Students will benefit from the:
- Opportunity to specialise in the chosen area of Church history
- We have a long and distinguished tradition of specialist teaching in church History
- Vibrant research culture
- Study Skills for Theology and Religious Studies
- The Church Fathers and the Making of Christian Doctrine
- The Reformation
- The Cistercian World 1: Citeaux and the Growth of the Cistercian Order
- Thomas Becket: Archbishop, Martyr, Saint
- The Eighteenth Century Evangelical Revival in England and Wales
- Christianity, Culture and Society in Twentieth Century Britain
Assessment is usually based on written work in the form of long and short essays, reports, book reviews and reflective pieces.
The programme has been designed to attract students interested in developing both their generic as well as their subject-specific skills. It offers opportunities for students who have recently graduated to move on to work at level 7 in their specialist field of study and help prepare them for careers in education, ministry and research. The programme also offers excellent continuing professional development for teachers at various stages of their career, ministers currently in pastoral charge seeking further professional development and other interested parties. In addition, the programme will be attractive to students who wish to study out of personal interest or faith commitment.