Research course

Philosophy and Religion

Bangor University · School of Philosophy and Religion

Entry requirements

We would normally expect students starting a PhD or MPhil to hold a first class or a good second-class degree. In many cases PhD applicants have studied to MA level, though this is not compulsory. We accept students on a distance-learning basis, but they should have access to an academic library for easy access of research materials to consult in addition to the online facilities available through Bangor University library.

Months of entry


Course content

The MPhil is awarded for a dissertation of not more than 60,000 words, and the PhD for a dissertation normally of not more than 100,000 words.

The School offers supervision in the following areas of specialism:

  • Philosophy of Religion;
  • Meta ethics and Normative ethics;
  • Meta philosophy;
  • Problem of Evil;
  • Aesthetics;
  • Islamic studies;
  • Fundamentalism;
  • Psychoanalytic studies;
  • Jungian studies;
  • Sociology of Religion;
  • Nietzsche;
  • Wittgenstein;
  • Freud.

Research Excellence Framework (REF) score

The 2014 Research Excellence Framework recognised that more than three-quarters of Bangor’s research is either world-leading or internationally excellent. Based on the University submission of 14 Units of Assessment, 77% of the research was rated in the top two tiers of research quality, ahead of the average for all UK universities.

Information for international students

Students whose first language is not English are expected to have achieved an IELTS score of 7.0 with no element below 6.5.

For information and further detailed guidance on entry requirements for International Students, including the minimum English Language entry requirement, please visit the Entry Requirements by Country pages on the International Education Centre section of our website.

Fees and funding

Please read our Fees & Finances pages for the most up to date information. You can also find out more about Postgraduate Funding & Scholarships on our website.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PhD
    full time
    36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • MPhil
    full time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Director of Graduate Studies
01248 351151