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Postgraduate Research Opportunities

Theology and Religious Studies 

MA by Research/MRes/MPhil/PhD

Research in Biblical Studies, Religious Studies or Theology will enable you to complete a survey of existing knowledge in your selected area. In the case of a PhD you will make an original contribution to knowledge. Many students follow a Research degree out of personal interest. However, for some it is an important step towards lecturing in higher education or for achieving a new career in religious studies.

Theology and Religious Studies in the School of Humanities fosters a vibrant learning community. The staff have established an international reputation through their research, publications, research supervisions and presentations at academic conferences. Their expertise covers a wide range of topics in areas such as Theology, Old Testament, New Testament, Buddhist Philosophy, Islam and Contemporary Judaism. We are developing a specialism in the Bible and Spirituality and welcome applications in this area.

There are currently three professorial chairs in Theology and Religious Studies: Gordon McConville, Professor of Old Testament Theology; Andrew Lincoln, the Portland Professor in New Testament Studies; and Melissa Raphael, Professor of Jewish Theology.
Theology, Biblical and Religious Studies at the university attracts research students from around the world. Recent students have come from Australia, Canada, India, South Africa, Japan, Germany, Korea and the USA as well as the UK. Our strengths in Biblical Studies led to the development of the International Centre for Biblical Interpretation.

We offer opportunities for interdisciplinary research within Humanities and also across the university. It is possible, under certain conditions, to do a Research degree in Theology and Religious Studies by International Distance Learning (in your own country).

Research Areas

Training in Research Methods
All research students who have not completed a relevant Masters degree, or other appropriate research methods training, are required to complete two core modules of the Master of Research (MRes).


The PGR programmes offer theological research with relevance to contemporary interpretation and practice.

Entry requirements

  • MA by Research/MRes/MPhil: you will need at least a 2.1 Honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject area
  • PhD: you will need a Masters degree or equivalent, in a subject area relevant to the proposed research topic
  • we normally consider applications from candidates from different backgrounds who demonstrate appropriate research experience and achievement
  • international students need IELTS 6.5 overall (no less than 6.0 in writing and 5.5 in any other band) or equivalent

Study Options

Full-time / Part-time


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Open Day Dates...

Postgraduate and Professional:

  • 12 February 2015
    Postgraduate Open Day
  • 11 June 2015
    Postgraduate Open Day
  • 26 September 2015
    Open Day for Teacher Training ONLY at our Francis Close Hall Campus.
Fees - 2014/15 Academic Year
Home and EU Students  
Full-Time Annual Fee£4995
Part-Time Annual Fee£2500
Non-EU Students  
Full-Time Annual Fee£11500
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