MTh Church History
The Christian church has had a home in Wales for over 1800 years. Since the foundation of the University in 1822, Church History has been a core subject in the study of theology and religion at Lampeter. Our staff has an international profile in scholarship and a wide range of published expertise in everything from the earliest Christian monastics to contemporary Christian practices and thought. But the study of history is not finally about the past. We study history to understand our contemporary moment and to help us envision a better future. So while our MTh in Church History offers students the opportunity to study in-depth the development of the Christian Church, it will also invite you to examine the many ways that Christian history and traditions continue to shape contemporary cultures and societies around the globe.
The MTh in Church History combines a high-quality student experience with an expansive programme of study within the field of Christian History. You can learn more about the social history of Christianity, the development of its doctrines and practices, or examine the biographies of some of the Church’s most celebrated leaders.
Part I — 6 Taught Modules
3 Compulsory Modules:
- Study Skills — assists you in acquiring the basic skills necessary to become a successful researcher.
- Self and Suffering: Ascetic Life in Christian History - surveys the development of Christian practice and belief from the first century onwards [in 2018/19 a new module called "Early Christian History" will replace this module as a compulsory module. It focuses particularly on Christianity’s engagement with widely accepted social norms on topics such as authority, ethics, gender, status, and purity.]
- The Protestant Reformation — examines the intellectual and religious changes that altered Christianity in the 16th century and that ultimately reshaped the social and political complexion of Europe as a whole.
3 Optional Modules:
- Students choose 3 modules from a range of offerings in Theology, Biblical Interpretation, or Church History.
- Options include Thomas Beckett; The Female Saints of Wales; or Self and Suffering: Ascetic Life in Christian History.
We are currently developing new modules that will be offered in 2018/19 and in 2020/21 for the first time.
Part II — Academic Dissertation
- 15,000 word dissertation under the guidance of a seasoned academic with a proven record of research in the field of Christian theology.
- Whether your goal is to develop the beginnings for further doctoral research, or just to indulge a curiosity, the dissertation provides you the chance to develop and explore your own research interests.
- UWTSD is home to the oldest faculty of Theology and Religious Studies in Wales, established in 1822.
- The University boasts a vibrant and very active postgraduate research culture, particularly in the study of Theology and Religion.
- The MTh in Church History is delivered as a full-time and part-time programme of study for distance learners.
- All module content is available through the University’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).
- Students are supported throughout their studies with multi-media access to module tutors in group settings and one-to-one meetings.
- Participate in local research seminars.
- Engage with other research students at our annual residential graduate summer school for postgraduate students in July.
Assessment is usually based on written work in the form of long and short essays, reports, book reviews and reflective pieces.
Normally the entry requirement for this programme is a first class or upper second class undergraduate degree. In addition, the Faculty encourages students with an equivalent and appropriate professional qualification or significant and relevant professional experience to apply.
A non-graduate may also be admitted to candidature provided that she/he has gained a minimum of three years professional experience relevant and appropriate to the programme and they can demonstrate a satisfactory level of writing /analytical skills.
- Refine your research skills
- Sharpen your ability to reason critically and analytically
- Expand your knowledge of history and religion
- Explore the development and traditions of the Christian faith
- Specialise in a dimension of historical or theological studies
- Develop a plan for further doctoral research
- Aquire a qualification to teach
- Any with interest in Christian studies
- Educators instructing in history or religious education
- Training ministers and leaders within the Christian Church
- Aspiring professional academics and researchers
We welcome international students to apply to our programmes. If your first language is not English, we will require you to have achieved a minimum of 6.0 overall and a minimum of 5.5 in each component of reading, writing, listening and speaking in an IELTS English language test, or equivalent.