Postgraduate taught 

Church History & Theology MTh/PgDip/PgCert

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

  • Academic Session: 2018-19
  • 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
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

This 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 PGT study at GU. However, it will also provide a deep historiographical and theological analysis of the disciplines as they have developed since the early church. In particular, this course will demonstrate the necessity of considering both disciplines as interrelated


20x2hr sessions 

Requirements of Entry

Standard entry to Masters at College level

Excluded Courses





A 2,500-word portfolio of a set of reflective pieces (25%) on students' research training development is completed by the end of the course. These are peer assessed, and graded at pass/fail.

A final 2,500-word reflective essay, or equivalent formal written assessment, or oral presentation of 15-20 minutes (25%), set by the relevant Masters programme conveners, focusing on subject-specific research skills. The grade for this part of the assessment form the grade for the course.

One end of term essay (50%) x 5,000 words

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:

■ demonstrate knowledge of the key Church Historians and their methodological approaches.

■ plan their research effectively;

■ present their ideas effectively to a professional cohort engaged in advanced research;

■ actively participate in workshops designed for their academic and professional development;

■ critically reflect on the development of their skills from the perspectives of research preparation, employability and personal development.

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.