University of Nottingham

University of Nottingham

Church History

This course allows the student either to take a range of modules from different periods from the earliest Christian history to the present, or to specialise in either the early and medieval periods, or the post-Reformation era; it is suitable for those who wish to prepare for a research degree, and for those who wish to undertake graduate level study to enhance and deepen their understanding of the Church's past.

Entry requirements

2.1 Honours degree or international equivalent in theology, religious studies or a related subject such as philosophy or history; other candidates are considered at the discretion of the department; applicants whose 1st language is not English require IELTS 7.0 (with no less than 6.0 in any element), TOEFL paper-based 600 (with a TWE score of at least 4.5), TOEFL IBT 100 (with no less than 21 in any element).

Course modules

Research methods and resources; early Christian writings outside the canonical collection; the developing tradition; theologians of the second century; the Israelite gospels; the emergence of the new testament canon; reading medieval theologians from Anselm to Ockham; the virgin Mary in Christian tradition: history and doctrine; Dante, religion and culture; Richard Hooker: prophet of Anglicanism?; revivalism and reform in Britain and America 1730-1850; the Churches and social Question in Britain 1815-1900; Christianity in 20th century Britain.

Assessment methods

Assessment is based on a 15,000 word dissertation.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MA Distance learning (full-time) £ 5,920 per Whole course (home fees) 1 years
MA Distance learning (full-time) £ 14,420 per Whole course (overseas fees) 1 years
MA Distance learning - 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
On line/Distance Learning

Key information

Postgraduate Enquiry Team
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