Nature and Practice of Church History 1 (including Research Training) TRS5092

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Critical Studies
  • Credits: 40
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Either Semester 1 or Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No

Short Description

This masters course provides training in the essential methodological, archival and practical skills necessary for undertaking postgraduate study in Church History and Historical Theology in fulfilment of the Research Skills core component of postgraduate study at the University of Glasgow. It will also provide a deep historiographical and theological analysis of the disciplines as they have developed from the early church to the eve of the Reformation. In particular, this course will demonstrate the necessity of considering both the disciplines of Theology and Church History as interrelated.


10x3hr seminars 

10x1hr sessions (alternating between visiting lectures and research skill specific seminars

Requirements of Entry

Standard entry to Masters at College level

Excluded Courses





■ portfolio - 2,500 words (25%)

■ presentation of 15-20 minutes (25%)

■ essay 5,000 words (50%)

Course Aims

This course aims to:

■ Introduce students to research techniques relevant to Masters level programmes in Church History and Historical Theology;

■ Facilitate the acquisition of relevant employability-related skills;

■ Provide a forum for the critical discussion of key issues related to the development of professional academic skills including: research planning and management; project funding; ethics; conference presentation and

networking; writing for publication; and public engagement and the use of social media.

■ Enable students to effectively assess their research skills progress within their Masters course.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ Evidence the ability to evaluate a wide knowledge of the key Church Historians and their methodological approaches and judge those most suitable for their own research.

■ Design their own research project effectively;

■ Construct advanced arguments and effectively to a professional cohort engaged in advanced research;

■ Evaluate the ideas of their colleagues presented in seminars and evaluate their own academic and professional development;

■ Develop a robust knowledge of the rich tradition of Church History and formulate their own distinctive approach while being able to identify where it fits within the discipline.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.