Church History

Church History at the University of Aberdeen offers a wide range of topics and approaches focusing on the years 1200-1700, and works together closely with other theological disciplines such as Systematic Theology, or related disciplines such as Mediaeval and Early Modern History. We focus on Mediaeval and Early Modern Theology and Spirituality in the Ecclesiastical, Political, and Social Context of Western Europe (Central Europe, England and Scotland). Please note that Historical Theology is also supervised from within the Systematic Theology group. Expertise is offered in the areas of patristic theology, the history of Western Christian thought, Reformation theology and Protestant scholasticism, and modern Christian theology.

Medieval Spirituality

Supervisor: Marie-Luise Ehrenschwendtner

Supervision is offered on mediaeval religious developments in its various manifestations, on mediaeval mysticism and piety, both in theory and practice, and both in their orthodox and heterodox appearances.

Scottish Episcopalian Thought and Practice

Supervisor: Marie-Luise Ehrenschwendtner

Supervision is offered to those who want to explore the theology, spirituality and practical piety of the Episcopalian Church in the North-East of Scotland.

Spirituality and Lifestyles of Religious and Secular Women (12th-16th centuries)

Supervisor: Marie-Luise Ehrenschwendtner

Supervision is offered on all aspects of medieval women’s religious lives, with special emphasis on their involvement in contemporary culture as readers and authors and their participation in the monastic reform movements of the late 14th  to 16th centuries.

Overview of the PhD