PhD Theology and Religion (Philosophy of Religion Specialism) / PhD By Distance Learning / MA By Research

University of Birmingham | Birmingham, United Kingdom
At Birmingham we offer promising candidates the opportunity to carry out research in one of the UK’s largest and most diverse Departments of Theology and Religion. We have an outstanding international reputation in the study of all types of religion in the contemporary world with a number of postgraduate researchers in the area of the philosophy of religion.

Description of Theology and Religion (Philosophy of Religion Specialism) / PhD By Distance Learning / MA By Research


The Department of Theology and Religion has an outstanding international reputation in the study of all types of religion in the contemporary world, including inter-cultural theology, textual studies, pentecostal and charismatic studies, inter-religious relations, Islamic studies, and Quaker studies. Students from more than 20 countries study here, and most of the academic staff who work here are recognised leaders in their disciplines.

The department came near the top in recent national Research Assessment Exercises and also in national teaching assessments. Whatever your interests in religion and theology, it is likely that we share them amidst a diverse and friendly staff-student community.

We are home to the Graduate Institute for Theology and Religion, which combines internationally established strength in teaching and research with initiatives in new fields of study: it provides a context that supports and encourages multidisciplinary research, and variety and depth of postgraduate study across the areas of theology and religion

Type of Course: Doctoral research

Duration: PhD 3 years full-time; 6 years part-time; MPhil 1 year full-time; 2 years part-time

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline None, but early application advised
Tuition fee

Home/EU: £3,996 (full-time); £1998 (part-time)

International: £12,565 (full-time); £6,282.50 (part-time) PhD by distance learning only

Not specified
Start date September  2015, January  2016
Duration full-time 36 months
  • English
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Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Part-time, Full-time
Intensity Flexible
Project Type Open

Course Content

Research interests of staff
  • Philosophy of Religion, Contemporary Theology, Religion and the ArtsContact: Dr David Cheetham
    Tel: +44 (0)121 415 8335

  • Philosophy of Religion, Philosophy of Mind, Applied EthicsContact: Dr Yujin Nagasawa
    Tel: +44 (0)121 41 46055

  • Hindu StudiesContact: Dr Sharada Sugirtharaja
    Tel: +44 (0)121 41 5661

  • Christian-Muslim relations, Islamic philosophyContact: Dr David Thomas
    Tel: +44 (0) 121 415 8373

  • Philosophy of Mind, Schopenhauer and Spinoza, Philosophy of ReligionContact: Dr Mark Walker
    Tel: +44 (0)121 414 6059

  • Global Ethics, Virtue Ethics, BioethicsContact: Professor Heather Widdows
    Tel: +44 (0)121 414 8399

English Language Requirements

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Requirements for Theology and Religion (Philosophy of Religion Specialism) / PhD By Distance Learning / MA By Research

Applicants for research degrees should normally have a first- or upper second-class Honours degree in Theology, Religious Studies or a related discipline

Ensure your qualifications meet our entry requirements for research degrees

To gain admission to a research degree programme (with the exception of the Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) or Doctor of Medicine (MD)) an applicant must comply with the following entry requirements:

  • Attainment of an Honours degree (normally a First or Upper Second Class Honours degree or equivalent) in a relevant subject awarded by an approved university, or
  • Attainment of an alternative qualification or qualifications and/or evidence of experience judged by the University as indicative of an applicants potential for research and as satisfactory for the purpose of entry to a research degree programme.

In addition:

  • Admission and registration for a research degree programme may be conditional on satisfactory completion of preliminary study, which may include assessment.
  • In some cases you will also need to have completed a Masters degree or equivalent qualification in a relevant subject.

Please note

  1. Entry onto many programmes is highly competitive, therefore we consider the skills, attributes, motivation and potential for success of an individual when deciding whether to make an offer.
  2. Specific entry requirements are given for each programme. Any academic and professional qualifications or industrial experience you may have are normally taken into account, and in some cases form an integral part of the entrance requirements. If your qualifications are non-standard or different from the entry requirements stated in the online prospectus, please contact the relevant school or department to discuss whether your application would be considered.
  3. After we have received your application you may, if you live in the UK, be invited for an interview or to visit us to discuss your application.

Work Experience for Theology and Religion (Philosophy of Religion Specialism) / PhD By Distance Learning / MA By Research

No work experience is required.

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