Join our flexible online Scottish Church History course.

Explore the history of Christianity in Scotland with a university that’s been teaching divinity in Scotland since 1495.

You’ll learn with experts from our School of Divinity, History, Philosophy and Art History, and can study with us flexibly, wherever you are in the world.

In this fully online course, you’ll trace Christianity’s journey through Scotland from its arrival on the Isle of Iona in the sixth century, through four distinct periods to the present day.

Who can join this online Scottish history course?

This distance learning course is for anyone, anywhere in the world, with a personal or professional interest in Scottish history and Scottish church history.

Build credits towards a Masters degree

This online course is part of:

You can use the credits you earn on this short course towards this MLitt qualification.

What you’ll study

Middle Ages

You’ll begin in the sixth century, with Columba bringing Christianity to Scotland. You’ll explore:

  • Columba and Ninian
  • the work of the first missionaries
  • the rise of Gaelic Christianity
  • the Medieval Period of the church in Scotland.

Early Modern Period

You’ll learn about the significant events of the 16th and 17th centuries, including the:

  • Scottish Reformation
  • National Covenant
  • Westminster Assembly
  • Glorious Revolution.

Modern Period

Here you’ll cover the 18th and 19th centuries, including:

  • religious schisms and the Great Disruption
  • the rise of Evangelicalism
  • the Scottish Revival tradition.

Late Modern Period

In this final module, you’ll turn your attention to the 20th century and beyond. You’ll explore:

  • religion and society in the 20th century
  • the Billy Graham crusade
  • the changing religious landscape of 21st-century Scotland.

By the end of this course, you’ll be able to...

  • Define the significant movements within the history of the Christian faith in Scotland.
  • Examine the roles exercised by the leading characters of Scottish Church History.
  • Analyse the effects of the Christian faith upon political and social life in Scotland.
  • Appraise the influence of Christianity upon the history of Scotland.
  • Describe ways in which the historical context, including socio-economic, political and cultural trends, shaped the formation and development of Christianity in Scotland.
  • Explain the main developments in the theology and practice of the Christian faith in Scotland over the last 2,000 years.

How you’ll study

Online learning

Our distance learning Scottish Church History course is delivered flexibly, 100% online. You can study with us anywhere in the world and manage your study hours to suit you.

Your teaching

This course is taught at Masters level.

Your teaching is delivered through MyAberdeen, our online Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). It holds all the materials, tools and support you’ll need in your studies. Take a look around MyAberdeen.

You can access your learning materials on computer, smartphone and laptop, 24 hours a day. You’ll find a range of resources at your fingertips, including:

  • videos
  • online tutorials
  • reading materials
  • discussion boards with colleagues and tutors
  • the online resources of our award-winning Sir Duncan Rice Library.

Your tutors

You’ll learn from a team of highly experienced academics from our School of Divinity, History, Philosophy and Art History.

Where this will take you

Build your learning

You’ll earn 30 credits at Masters level (SCQF Level 11) with this course. It’s one of several Scottish Heritage short courses that we offer online:

Towards a Masters degree

You can use the 30 Masters-level credits you’ll earn with this course towards our:

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  • Interview prep
  • Job opportunities

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Entry requirements

This course has no formal entry requirements. You decide if it’s suitable for you.

The course is delivered at Masters level. At this level, you’d usually have at least

  • a 2:2 (second-class) degree
  • or relevant experience that supports this level of study.

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Start date
23 January 2023
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