Research course

Theology and Religion

Durham University · Department of Theology and Religion
Integrated PhD

Entry requirements

Normally a good 2:1 Honours degree in a relevant subject, plus an indication of the proposed research area.

Months of entry


Course content

The PhD with Integrated Studies is a hybrid degree allowing students to combine a classic PhD with taught preparation roughly equivalent to a taught MA, within a single four-year programme (eight years part-time). In Year 1, students will be registered as taught postgraduates. Like MA students, they will study five modules: three optional 30-credit modules, and two core modules, Resources, Methods and Interpretation and a short Dissertation.

However, those two core modules will be assessed to a higher threshold than for the standard MA. During the Resources, Methods and Interpretation module, students will be required to produce a 2000-word research proposal for their doctoral thesis. The aim is to ensure that by the beginning of year 2 of the programme, students will be ready to embark on independent research.
Years 2 - 4 are a classic British PhD programme, leading to the submission of a 100,000 word thesis.

Students who pass all the elements in year 1 may choose to exit with an MA qualification at that point instead of progressing to the doctoral stage. They may choose whichever specific MA qualification for which they have chosen the relevant optional modules.

In the event that a student fails to pass one or both of the Year 1 core modules at the higher Integrated PhD threshold, but does pass them at MA standard, the student will exit at the end of Year 1 with an MA.

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

Integrated PhD

full time
48 months
part time
96 months

Course contact details

Mrs Susan Tait (postgraduate admissions secretary)
0191 3343929