University of Edinburgh

University of Edinburgh

History of Christianity

Within the History of Christianity subject area there is particular research strength in: patristics and early Christian history; the Reformation in Britain and on the continent puritanism; the history of British and European Christianity from the 18th century; the history of Christian missions, especially in Africa, from the 18th century.

Entry requirements

To study at postgraduate level you should have a 1st degree in an appropriate subject or relevant qualifications and experience. School of Divinity PhD applicants typically require a specialist postgraduate degree beyond their 1st degree. If English is not the 1st language, applicants must have 1 of the following qualifications as evidence of their spoken and written English: IELTS: total 7.0 (at least 6.0 in each module); TOEFL-iBT: total 100 (at least 20 in each module); PTE(A): total 67 (at least 56 in each of the "Communicative Skills" sections); CAE and CPE: total 185 (at least 169 in each module).

Assessment methods

Students may either research and submit a dissertation of about 30,000 words, which comprises the remaining assessment for the degree, or write 3 supervised research essays to provide appropriate background and preparatory study for the topic of research, and then submit a dissertation of about 15,000 words.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PhD Full-time September 2016 - 3 years
PhD Part-time September 2016 - 6 years
MTh Full-time September 2016 - 1 years
MTh Part-time September 2016 - 2 years
MPhil Full-time September 2016 - 2 years
MPhil Part-time September 2016 - 4 years
MSc (Res) Full-time September 2016 - 1 years
MSc (Res) Part-time September 2016 - 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of Edinburgh Edinburgh EH8 9JU Scotland

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