Research course

Religious Studies

Lancaster University · Religious Studies

Entry requirements

An upper second class honours degree, or its equivalent, and a viable research proposal..

Months of entry

January, October, July, April

Course content

In Religion our primary focus on religion and spirituality in the contemporary world means we are ideally positioned to contribute to topics of growing concern within the academic discipline of Religious Studies, including the often unexpected changes and developments taking place in connection with religion, spirituality, philosophy, and social and cultural change. We particularly welcome interest in Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, and Japanese religions; the social and cultural transformations of contemporary religion and spirituality; sociology of religion; religion and popular culture; modern religious thought and history; new religious movements; women and religion; and methodological issues in the study of religion.

The discipline has a strong approach to supporting students, whether through reading groups, research methods study classes, opportunities to present and review research projects or links with external presenters. There is good support from the library and a vigorous seminar programme. We enjoy good working relationships with related departments and centres, and joint supervision arrangements are possible.

Department specialisms

Our research interests include sociology of religion; religion and society; religion and modernity; philosophy of religion; postmodernism and theology; continental philosophy, Asian religion, Christian theology, traditional and contemporary Muslim thought and practice.

Information for international students

IELTS: 6.5 or equivalent.

Fees and funding

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months
part time
48 months


part time
36 months
full time
24 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Coordinator
+44 (0) 1524 594262
+44 (0) 1524 594238