Research course

Contemporary Religion in Historical Perspective

Open University · Department of Religious Studies

Entry requirements

Minimum 2:1 (or equivalent).

Months of entry


Course content

The Research Studies discipline at the OU has considerable and internationally recognised expertise in two key areas:

  • Religious history, particularly pertaining to the 19th and 20th centuries and Protestant evangelicalism in the UK and elsewhere. Current research includes work on religion and global uncertainties.
  • Lived, improvised and vernacular forms of religion and spirituality. Current research includes work on indigenous and vernacular traditions in Europe and beyond.

We welcome applications in areas that correspond with current staff research interests. We look for detailed and well thought-out proposals, which set out specific research questions and outline the originality of your topic or approach. We encourage you to discuss your ideas informally before submitting an application.

Qualification and course duration


part time
72 months
full time
36 months
distance learning
variable months


distance learning
variable months
part time
24 months
full time
15 months

Course contact details

Dr Paul-Francois Tremlett
+44 (0)1908 652032