Part of the School of Education and Social Sciences, our Theology research degrees are broadly themed around culture, religion and society. This emerging area of work draws together studies of contemporary cultural practices, their inter-relationships and their social impacts, including in the media and the digital world.
Our work is supported by the well-established Centre for Spirituality Studies and includes both empirical and theoretical work.
We offer three levels of research degree in Theology; MRes, MPhil and PhD. Due to the new interdisciplinary work within the field, these programmes bring together social scientists and arts and humanities researchers from across the University and beyond.
The main emphasis of the programme is on the research dissertation of 20,000 words, the topic being chosen by you with the advice of your supervisor. It is designed to develop your research skills and will particularly suit those who wish to progress to an MPhil or PhD.
During this two-year programme (three years part-time) you will write a thesis between 40,000 and 70,000 words. It is suitable for those who want to work on a dissertation for a shorter period of time and who do not necessarily want to pursue a research career. You can study for an MPhil in any area of theology or religion in which we are able to offer expert supervision.
During this four-year programme (seven years part-time) you will research and write a dissertation of 70,000 to 100,000 words on a theological or religious topic chosen in conjunction with your supervisor.
We welcome applications to undertake research in all the main branches of Theology. Research by social scientists at Hull aims to have a positive impact of the life conditions and experiences of individuals and communities, at a local, national and global level.
Culture, Religion and Society
Our work is supported by the Centre for Spirituality Studies which exists to:
- Promote interdisciplinary research and scholarship which develops understanding of spirituality
- Provide opportunities for advanced study and research training in spirituality
- Offer a forum for community and inter-faith engagement with the study of spirituality
Research specialisms include;
- Church as communion
- Contemporary ethical problems
- Doctrine of the Trinity
- Faith and truth
- History of Christian ethics
- Interpreting religion practice
- Natural theology
- Philosophy and cultures
- Philosophical theology
- Social doctrine of the Roman Catholic Church
- Symbol and sacrament
Staff: Mr Paul Dearey
- Theology/religion and popular culture
- Religion and body
- Religion and technology
- Religion and film
Staff: Dr Alexander Ornella
- Children and families
- Professional education
- Professional ethics
- Religion and spirituality
Staff: Dr. Caroline Humphrey
Other research themes within the school of social sciences include;
- Criminology and Criminal Justice
- Gender and Sexualities
- Globalisation, Power and Post-Colonialism
- Health, Well-being and Social Inclusion
Open for admission in 2017/18
MPhil: 2 years (full-time)
/ 3 years (part-time)
PhD: 4 years (full-time)
/ 7 years (part-time)
MRes: 1 year (full-time)
/ 2 years (part-time)
Home/EU: £4,195 (full-time) / £2,098 (part-time)
These fees are for all Theology research degrees research programmes on this page. For courses lasting more than one year, small annual increases may apply. For more information, please visit www.hull.ac.uk/money.
The Postgraduate Training Scheme
It is now widely recognised by employers, professional bodies and research funding agencies that specialist expertise alone is not sufficient preparation either for research or a subsequent career. With this in mind, the University of Hull requires all its postgraduate research students to follow a research training programme relating both to their particular field of study and to generic skills; for example, information technology and communication skills.