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Course content

This programme is designed to enable you to understand a wide range of Christian belief, culture and practice throughout the world, in historical, theological, and sociological contexts.

With more than 2.2 billion followers, and as one of the oldest religions, Christianity plays an important role in influencing a wide range of social, political and cultural issues. This programme interprets some of the key themes and trends in Christianity in the non-western world, and is designed to provide expert insight, knowledge, skills and understanding, particularly in relation to Africa, Latin America and Asia.

It is taught in a strongly interdisciplinary way, and employs historical, sociological, anthropological and theological perspectives. You will enjoy a unique framework to study, research and understand the complexity of Christian communities in the world and their wider significance for culture and society.

This programme can be taken either as a Master of Theology (MTh) or as a Master of Science (MSc); the difference is only in the name.

Programme structure

This programme is run full-time over one year (or part-time over two years). You will be taught mainly in small classroom/seminar groups. You will be given training in research methods which offers a practical approach to postgraduate level skills of critical investigation and writing, and receive individual supervision for your 15,000 word dissertation.

Compulsory courses

Compulsory courses comprise Selected Themes in the Study of World Christianity; one further course from the options specific to this programme; and two courses in research methods.

Option courses

You will choose three options. At least two must be World Christianity courses, such as:

  • Christianity in Asia
  • Critical Debates in Christian Mission
  • History of Christianity in Africa
  • Theologies of World Christianity

The options on offer change from year to year, so please consult the Programme Director for advice on what will be available. With your Programme Director’s agreement, you may also choose options from other taught masters programmes, language courses, or advanced undergraduate courses.

Career opportunities

This programme is designed to provide a strong foundation for postgraduate research in the field or for employment in a range of areas requiring critical analysis and empathetic understanding.


Visit the World Christianity - MTh/MSc page on the University of Edinburgh website for more details!

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