Religious & Theological Studies

Based in the School of History, Archaeology and Religion, you join a vibrant academic and research community, proud of our reputation for training the next generation of researchers.

We welcome applications from students interested in researching for a PhD/MPhil in a full range of areas, the following being of particular strength:

  • Buddhism and its literature in India and the West
  • Contemporary Christian Theology
  • Contemporary Islam in the West
  • Early Christian Literature, History and Culture
  • Hindu Traditions: Ancient, Medieval and Modern
  • History of Biblical Exegesis
  • History of Buddhism
  • Islam in the UK
  • Method and Theory in the Study of Religion
  • Narrative Traditions of South Asia
  • Pastoral and Practical Theology
  • Patristics and Late Antiquity
  • Sikh Traditions of the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century
  • Sociology of Religion.

Programme aims

To offer knowledge and expertise for a career in research (in academia, the media, public sector), teaching in higher education, or a range of allied professions valuing a humanities postgraduate degree. The interdisciplinary nature of Religious Studies, in particular, provides a broad background combined with a clear focus.

Distinctive features

  • Experienced supervisors and a successful and rewarding research programme
  • A strong and active tradition of language and textual expertise
  • Regular research seminars with visiting speakers
  • Regular subject-specific and skills seminars.

Key facts

Mode of study Full-time, part-time
Qualification PhD, MPhil
Full-time duration PhD 3 years, MPhil 1 year
Part-time duration Opportunities available
Start dates January, April, July, October

We provide an extensive range of expertise. Particular strengths include:

  • Buddhism and its Literature
  • Byzantine History
  • Culture & Religion
  • Chaplaincy
  • Contemporary Islam in the West
  • History and Culture
  • Hindu Traditions
  • Islam in the UK
  • Narrative Traditions of South Asia
  • Pastoral and Practical Theology
  • Patristics and Late Antiquity
  • Sociology of Religion.


We are delighted to be part of the South, West and Wales Doctoral Training Partnership, which is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

Jameel Scholarships for taught and research programmes linked to the Centre for the Study of Islam in the UK.

There are currently no funding opportunities available.

Tuition fees

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A formal submission should be made using the standard university application form. In addition, applicants for a PhD are required to submit a 1,500-2,000 word research proposal accompanied by an indicative bibliography and a discussion of methodologies to be used. Applicants for MPhil are required to submit a 1,000 word version of the same.

Suitable for graduates in a wide variety of Humanities disciplines and Social Sciences. A first or upper-second class UK Honours degree or equivalent is required.

English language requirements


Administrative contact(s)

School of History, Archaeology and Religion Postgraduate Administrator

Administrative contact


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Find out more about Postgraduate study at our Open Day on 21 November 2018.

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