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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
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
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.
* 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.
* 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.
* 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.
* 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.
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