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Francis Close Hall, Cheltenham

Complete a survey of existing knowledge in your specialist area in biblical studies, religious studies or theology. Advance your professional practice and academic knowledge.

You may be following a research degree out of personal interest. However, it is also an important step towards lecturing in higher education or for progressing or entering a new career in religious studies.Join a vibrant learning community with an established international reputation through research, publications, supervisions and presentations at academic conferences. 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.

Our research community attracts students from around the world including from Australia, Canada, India, South Africa, Japan, Germany, Korea and the USA. Our strengths in Biblical studies led to the development of the International Centre for Biblical Interpretation. This aims to promote scholarship that both studies the Bible in its various ancient contexts and engages with its subject matter in such a way as to advocate its continuing significance for life in church and society.

There are currently three professorial chairs in the department: Gordon McConville, Professor of Old Testament Theology; Andrew Lincoln, the Portland Professor in New Testament Studies; and Melissa Raphael, Professor of Jewish Theology. You have the opportunity to undertake 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).

Entry requirements and fees

  • 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).
  • 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.

Please see the tuition fees.

Develop advanced research skills with specialist training

Research students who have not already completed a relevant Masters degree or other appropriate postgraduate research methods training will benefit from the university's research methods training modules: Philosophy and Approaches to Research and Methodologies and Methods.

Get involved with the International Centre for Biblical Interpretation

Our strengths in Biblical studies led to the development of the International Centre for Biblical Interpretation. This aims to promote scholarship that both studies the Bible in its various ancient contexts and engages with its subject matter in such a way as to advocate its continuing significance for life in church and society.

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