I welcome graduate students working in a range of areas, including the Reformation, the history of women's ministry, and the history of liturgy.
At the University of Glasgow, Students of Church History will generally begin by taking a research masters degree under my supervision. Information on Glasgow's Postgraduate Degree Programmes can be found here.
Oxford offers a number of Graduate Degrees in Theology, most of which can be taken with a focus in Ecclesiastical History (Church History). Students wishing to take a Masters degree in Ecclesiastical History can choose between two masters degrees in theology: the Master of Studies (MSt - one year) and the Master in Philosophy (MPhil - two years).
Oxford is an outstanding place to study ecclesiastical history. It offers access to the resources of the Bodleian Library and to College collections of manuscripts and early printed books. In addition, Colleges, Institutes and institutions such as Rhodes House often hold significant archives. Easy links to London make it possible to work in libraries and archives there as well, including the excellent archive at Lambeth Palace.
Students have the chance to work with leading ecclesiastical historians, such as Mark Edwards, Sarah Foot, Peter Harrison, Charlotte Methuen, Judith Maltby, Joel Rasmussen, and Jane Shaw.
M.St. (Theology) in Ecclesiastical History
The M.St. offers an introduction to historiography, which explores how historians have approached different epochs and quesitons in the history of the Church, combined with the opportunity undertake original research in a chosen period. It is a one-year semi-taught program which runs from October to the following September. Historiography seminars introduce students a range of thinkers and texts illustrating key ideas and issues involved in the writing of church history. Examining how the understanding of history has developed and changed since history became a n academic discipline enables students to gain insights into their own historical presuppositions and to reflect on the challenges which will face them as they begin to write history themselves.
Under the guidance of their supervisor, students also study one period of history in greater depth, writing two extended essays which help them to build up the background they need for the 15,000 word dissertation which completes the degree. The dissertation offers students a chance to undertake original research in a topic of their choice under the guidance of an experienced supervisor.
Whilst it can be taken as a stand-alone degree, the MSt also provides an excellent preparation for doctoral work in Ecclesiastical History, either in Oxford or at another university, and is usually the required first step towards a DPHil in Oxford.
M.Phil. (Theology) in Ecclesiastical History
The M.Phil. is a six-term semi-taught degree (October to June two years later) and initially follows the pattern of the M.St. Historiography seminars introduce students a range of thinkers and texts illustrating key ideas and issues involved in the writing of church history. Examining how the understanding of history has developed and changed since history became a n academic discipline enables students to gain insights into their own historical presuppositions and to reflect on their own research methods.
Students take two further taught modules. Under the guidance of their supervisor, they study one period of history (assessed by means of three extended essays) and an additional special subject (assessed by examination) in greater depth. The special subject offers a chance for guided reading of relevant source material. The focus on one period of history is aimed to assist the student in building up the background they need for their dissertation.
The dissertation (25,000- 30,000 words) completes the degree. This offers students a chance to spend two to three terms engaged in original research in a subject of their choice.
The M.Phil. can be taken as a stand-alone degree offering students the opportunity to spend more time deepening their broader knowledge of a particular period. It may also serve as preparation for doctoral research.