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History, Religion, Philosophy and Politics PhD

University of Gloucestershire

What is History, Religion, Philosophy and Politics PhD?

A research degree in the Humanities offers a multitude of opportunities, depending on your discipline, interests, and experience.

Offers research opportunities in early modern, modern and contemporary Britain, American and African American history, Russian and Soviet history. A wide variety of topics can be supported: e.g. women and gender relations, domestic, social and cultural policy, popular movements, music, diplomacy, foreign policy and international relations, militarism, warfare and trauma, migration, and local history.

Philosophy and Ethics
The underlying ethos is that philosophy is transformational and practical, and is a living tradition of engagement with the wider world. We offer research opportunities in continental philosophy, Buddhist philosophy, capitalism, and the philosophy of religion and aesthetics.

Theology and Religious Studies
This area has an established pedigree of wide-ranging research with students in UK and international contexts. We have special interests in: social scientific approaches to biblical studies; the socio-political use of biblical texts; New Testament theology; Buddhism; and the study of Religious Diasporas.

Our politics research focuses on areas of overlap with the above disciplines, where the socio-cultural, philosophical, religious, and/or historical have produced particular political ideas, movements or manifestations.

Study Style

The Humanities subject community offers a stimulating and supportive intellectual environment, consisting of a diverse culture of specialist and interdisciplinary postgraduate research. You’ll benefit from working with a team of research-active and industry-connected supervisors, as well as being part of a research community. Working closely with your supervisors, you will shape a research project which is current and cutting edge in your discipline.

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Entry requirements

    • At least a 2.1 honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject.

    • Please provide a copy of your research proposal. This should be 1,000 words (excluding references and appendices) following the structure outlined in this research proposal guide.

      Please note; we’re unable to process applications without a proposal for the School’s consideration. Not supplying one will delay the processing of applications.

Fees and costs

Start date Course code Fee (UK)
per year
Fee (international)
per year
February 2024 £5,100 £11,730
October 2024 £5,100 £12,775
February 2025 £5,100 £12,775
October 2025 TBC TBC
February 2026 TBC TBC

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With research submitted in each of our research areas judged to be internationally excellent according to the results of the 2021 Research Excellence Framework (REF2021), our research supervisors have a broad range of specialisms across a diverse range of subjects.

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Established cultural links

We have close links with the local theatre, heritage and festival organizations, as well as religious, philosophical and community groups.

Internationally-recognised supervisors

Our supervisors have internationally-recognised profiles as academics and writers, providing a multitude of networking opportunities.

A vibrant community

Be part of a vibrant, interdisciplinary research community.

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