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Reformation Studies (MLitt)

Course Description

MLitt in Reformation Studies

• Do you have an undergraduate or Masters degree in History, Divinity or a cognate subject and wish to develop your interests in the European Reformation more fully?

• This programme is intended both for those preparing for doctoral research and for those who wish to study the period at an advanced level.

• Intensive training in the historiography, debates, and sources of the Protestant and Catholic Reformations.

• Skills training as advanced preparation for doctoral work.

• Provides the opportunity to explore individual areas of interest, specialising in a particular theological, geographical, or methodological area, while also instilling a wide contextual awareness of all of the European Reformations.

• The Reformation Studies Institute, through which this programme is delivered, has one of the largest concentrations of scholars active in this field in any European university.

• Explore approaches and methods employed in the study of early modern religious history.

• Topics range from theology and church history to politics, social history and visual culture.

• Explore the literature in a field of particular individual interest with an expert member of staff.

• Many of our graduates go on to PhDs, some to work in libraries, museums or other areas of the heritage industry.


* With around 50 staff, we can offer an unusually broad and varied portfolio of research expertise.

* We have a friendly and collegial atmosphere, in which our postgraduates are actively involved. Social events run throughout the year, starting with a Welcome Reception, and including parties organised by the different Departments, Centres and Institutes.

* Our large postgraduate community includes around 90 research postgraduates and a further 50 taught postgraduates.

* We have a strong commitment to providing skills training to enhance the employability of our postgraduates.

* We are committed to the provision of language training throughout the degree; we also offer up to six language bursaries to incoming postgraduates wishing to develop skills essential to their research.

Postgraduate community

The University of St Andrews is one of the world’s Top 40 Arts and Humanities universities (Times Higher Education 2015) and home to a major centre for postgraduate historical study. Building on excellence in individual research, the School has expertise across the Mediaeval, Early Modern and Modern periods, and a wide geographical coverage. Our research interests range from sixth-century Scotland to Iran in the early twenty-first century (and innumerable other places in between). We have particular strengths in Middle Eastern, Transnational, British, Continental European and US History; as well as groupings focused on Reformation Studies, Environmental History, and Intellectual History. As befits Scotland’s oldest university, the School is also a leading centre of Scottish
historical research.
The School of History occupies three sites in the heart of the historic town of St Andrews. All are within a few minutes’ walk of each other, and of the University Library:
• On tree-lined South Street and close to the ruins of the Cathedral, most Mediaevalists and Reformation Studies colleagues are based in a charming seventeenth-century town house and the adjoining mediaeval residence of the Hospitallers.

• St Katharine’s Lodge is a nineteenth-century former school (attended by Field Marshal Earl Haig) close to St Andrews Castle and the magnificent West Sands beach.

• Middle Eastern History is in the Arts Building, which opened in 2008, with elegant new teaching and work spaces.


• The University Library provides extensive collections for use in historical study, including an outstanding Special Collections facility, and continues to make substantial investment in materials, including electronic resources, each year.

• Computer facilities are also readily available within workspaces and University clusters.

• A scheme of competitive scholarships and bursaries is in place to support selected postgraduates financially.

• Language bursaries are available (through a competitive scheme) to enable students new to St Andrews to gain language skills in the summer before starting their postgraduate study.

• All History postgraduates at St Andrews receive financial assistance annually from the School of History specifically to subsidise research expenses.

• Postgraduate students can apply for material support for the organisation of conferences and seminars; this has led in the past to successful events and subsequent publication.

• Social events run throughout the year including the Welcome Reception, a Christmas Party and a Champagne Brunch at graduation. Students may also attend annual Reading Parties and enjoy the opportunity to meet visiting speakers over dinner after research seminars.


Following a taught postgraduate course in History at the University of St Andrews, students go on to pursue careers in a range of sectors including journalism, publishing, think tanks, government, law, and teaching. Others continue in academia, moving on to a PhD.

Visit the Reformation Studies (MLitt) page on the University of St Andrews website for more details!

(Student Profile)


In addition to the valuable research skills I have learned and different methodologies of engaging critically with texts, St Andrews provides a wonderful community where students can freely discuss research and scholarship both inside and outside the classroom. The opportunities available to build strong personal and scholarly relationships with my peers only strengthen an academic environment conducive to success.


Entry Requirements

Our minimum academic requirement for entry to most programmes is a 2:1 degree classification from a recognised UK university or the equivalent in a subject-related area

Course Fees

2017/18: Home/EU £7,500; Overseas £17,090

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