About our programmes
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.