Research course

Theology and Religion

Durham University · Department of Theology and Religion
PhDMLitt by researchMA by research

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for the MA by Research include a good 2:1 Honours degree in a relevant subject; entry requirements for the MLitt include a good 2:1 Honours degree in a relevant subject; entry requirements for the PhD include a good Masters degree in a relevant subject.

Months of entry

January, October, April

Course content

The Department has a lively programme of research activity – seminars, conferences, colloquia – run and attended by academic staff and postgraduates alike and offeringthe best in national and international scholarship. Recent expansion means that there are twenty-five full-time teaching and research staff in the Department (and half a dozen others attached to the Department), whose expertise covers an unrivalled range of fields - from Biblical studies to historical, systematic and philosophical theology; from the study of religion to practical theology and the theology of ministry. We also have active links with other departments across the University, and with other theological institutions in the region, helping to maintain and enhance Durham's position as a world-class centre for research in all aspects of theology and the study of religion.

Department specialisms

Old Testament; Second Temple Judaism; New Testament; Biblical Theology; Patristic and Byzantine Theology; Reformation and Counter-Reformation; The Modern Church; Systematic and Philosophical Theology; Sacramental Theology; Christian Social Ethics.

Information for international students

English language requirements include an IELTS of 7.0 or equivalent, with no band below 6.5.

Fees and funding

AHRC doctoral scholarships; Durham Doctoral Studentships.

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months
part time
72 months

MLitt by research

full time
24 months
part time
48 months

MA by research

full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Mrs Susan Tait (postgraduate admissions secretary)
0191 3343929