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Postgraduate Course: Dissertation (MTh/MSc in Theology in History) (ECHS11009)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Divinity CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
Course typeDissertation AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits60 ECTS Credits30
SummaryThe aim of the degree is to understand and reflect critically upon the historical context in which Christian theology is developed, tested and affirmed. The core courses focus on the most authoritatve ecclesiastical constructions of Christian belief and practice from the beginnings to the present day, working with key primary texts.
Course description Academic Description:
Students receive guidance in preparing a dissertation of up to 15,000 words on a topic in theology and/or history to be approved in consultation with an appropriate supervisor and the Director of the MTh/MSc Theology in History programme. The dissertation will demonstrate advanced knowledge of a subject; the ability to identify and express research questions and to develop appropriate research strategies to address those questions; the ability to develop sustained arguments; the mastery of scholarly referencing; and effective writing and analytical skills.

Syllabus/Outline Content:
Students will be provided with supervision to prepare a research dissertation of up to 15,000 words. The dissertation will demonstrate awareness of how theology is shaped by its historical context, and of how the history of religious belief and practice is shaped by theological thought. In preparing their dissertations, students will develop skills in framing research questions and shaping appropriate research strategies; weighing, considering and critically assessing historical and theological evidence; developing sustained arguments; writing clear and engaging prose; and providing proper referencing and bibliography.

Student Learning Experience Information:
Students work with an individual supervisor, and have a number of one-to-one supervisory meetings, receiving guidance on the research and writing of the dissertation. The students will demonstrate their achievement of the intended learning outcomes through the preparation of the dissertation of up to 15,000 words.

Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Flexible
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 600 ( Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 12, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 588 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) A dissertation of up to 15,000 words: 100%.
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Prepare an effective dissertation, with an manageable scope, defined research questions, appropriate research methodologies, awareness of the scholarly context, and proper use and referencing of sources
  2. Identify and locate research resources within their dissertation field
  3. Employ critical skills in weighing and considering historical and theological evidence
  4. Develop sustained arguments and support those arguments with evidence
  5. Write in a clear and engaging style, and proofread their written work
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Course organiserDr Simon Burton
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Course secretaryMiss Rachel Dutton
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