Church History and Theology Dissertation TRS5099P

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Critical Studies
  • Credits: 60
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Summer
  • Available to Visiting Students: No

Short Description

A research dissertation of no more than 15,000 words, including footnotes and bibliography. The work will be on a specific field, subject or issue within the field of Church History and Theology and will demonstrate a good understanding of the appropriate scholarly literature in the field. The dissertation will normally be written after two blocks of teaching and will be submitted in December.


5 x 1 hour supervisory meetings.

Requirements of Entry

Mandatory Entry Requirements

Standard entry to Masters at College level, plus average of Grade C3 or above in coursework element of programme with at least 75% of the credits at Grade D3 or better and all credits at Grade F or above.

Excluded Courses



Core courses for the relevant taught masters programme


1 x15,000 words including footnotes but not bibliography

Course Aims

This course aims to support the student to:

■ develop and sustain an argument in an area of the student's personal research interest in the field of Church History and Theology

■ promote an engagement with scholarly, critical, and theoretical arguments relevant to that area.

■ encourage the application of acquired research skills to a supervised project.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ scope and plan a research project appropriate for a dissertation of up to 15,000 words in length.

■ apply the research methods and skills learnt during the taught course to a programme of research.

■ evaluate the results of their research and assess these in relation to a suitable body of literature.

■ present the results of their research in a critical, reasoned and coherent way.

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.