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 Medieval and Early Modern History.

Church History in Aberdeen

Staff focus on Medieval and Early Modern Theology and Spirituality in the Ecclesiastical, Political, and Social Context of Western Europe (Central Europe, England and Scotland). 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.


We are interested in hearing from students wishing to undertake postgraduate level work in Church History at the doctoral level. Please contact one of the supervisors below if you are thinking about applying for a PhD in their subject area.

Dr Marie-Luise Ehrenschwendtner: Supervision areas include medieval religious developments in their various manifestations, medieval mysticism and piety, both in theory and practice, and both in their orthodox and heterodox appearances; the theology, spirituality and practical piety of the Episcopalian Church in the North-East of Scotland; 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.

PGR Students

Some current (and graduated) students and their projects from the University of Aberdeen include:

  • John Paul Marr, Exclusive or simply eccentric psalmody? The Reverend Doctor Thomas Clark’s (1720-1791) 1784 pamphlet publication Plain Reasons, set within its historical, theological, and exegetical contexts may be pious presumption or just plain peculiar

The following are some selected publications relating to Church History by staff at the University of Aberdeen:

Dr Marie-Luise Ehrenschwendtner


Some helpful links for further information and resources in Church History include: