Research course

Religious Studies or Theology

Cardiff University · Cardiff School of History, Archaeology and Religion

Entry requirements

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. 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.

Months of entry

January, October, July, April

Course content

This 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.

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

  • Anthropology of Buddhist Societies
  • Asian Health and Yogic Traditions and their Western Adaptations
  • Buddhism and its literature in India and the West
  • Byzantine History, Culture and Religion
  • Chaplaincy
  • Christian Ethics
  • Contemporary Christian Theology
  • Contemporary Islam in the West
  • Early Christian Literature, History and Culture
  • Health, Ethics and Religion
  • Hindu Traditions: Ancient, Medieval and Modern
  • History of Biblical Exegesis
  • History of Buddhism
  • Islam in the UK
  • Jainism
  • Method and Theory in the Study of Religion
  • Narrative Traditions of South Asia
  • Pastoral and Practical Theology
  • Patristics and Late Antiquity
  • Religion and Performance
  • Seventeenth Century British Sectarianism
  • Sikh Traditions of the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century
  • Sociology of Religion
  • Syriac Literature and the Christian Orient

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Information for international students

International students pursuing part-time programmes of study are not eligible for Tier 4 General Student) visas and must have alternative leave to remain in the UK if they intend to study at the University in person.

Qualification and course duration


part time
possible months
full time
36 months


full time
12 months
part time
possible months

Course contact details

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