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Research Degree Programmes

The Department offers a number of Research Degree Programmes:

  • MA by Research - 1 year full-time or 2 years part-time
  • MLitt - 2 years full-time or 4 years part-time
  • PhD (including the Vancouver PhD and the PhD TEI Partners) - 3 years full-time or 6 years part-time
  • Integrated PhD in Theology and Religion - 4 years full-time or 8 years part-time
  • Doctor of Theology and Ministry - 3 years full-time or 6 years part-time

 Entry Requirements

For entry at MA level or for the Integrated PhD, you will normally be required to have a good honours degree (such as a First or a good 2:1/GPA 3.7 on a scale of 4.0) from a recognised institution, in Theology, Religious Studies or another relevant discipline.

 We also welcome applications from:

  • graduates of anthropology, sociology, psychology and other related programmes who are applying to the MA in Religion and Society, or the IPhD with a suitable topic within the study of religion.
  • graduates of other disciplines with experience of Theology or Religious Studies or a related subject at some level (for example, as a subsidiary subject, or through ordination training).
  • students from overseas universities who have reached a point in their theological studies comparable with completion of an English BA Honours degree (for example, on the German model, passing the Zwischenprüfung or Kolloquium and studying at the Hauptseminar level for two semesters).

In addition to the bachelor degree requirement stated above, for entry at MLitt or PhD level you will normally be required to have a good MA degree (i.e. average above 65% or equivalent) in Theology or Religious Studies or another relevant discipline. 

The normal entrance requirement to the DThM is a master’s degree in Theology and Religious Studies or a related subject. This should be at merit level with an overall average of 65% or above.  M-level graduates in other disciplines who have studied Theology or Religious Studies to at least Certificate level (with marks at credit or higher) may also be considered for admittance to the programme.  Further information is available on the Departmental website or by contacting the Programme Director.

English language requirement: Applicants for whom English is not their native language, or who have not previously obtained a degree taught in English from a university in the UK or another English speaking country, as defined by the United Kingdom Visas and Immigration (UKVI), within two years of their proposed start date, must satisfy our English language requirements prior to registering for a degree. These requirements are set out in the Learning and Teaching Handbook