Research course

Religious Studies

Institution
Open University · Department of Religious Studies
Qualifications
PhDMPhil

Entry requirements

PhD: Entry requirements vary according to the research topic and/or specific studentships. The normal minimum entrance requirement is an upper second class honours degree or masters degree, relevant to the proposed area of study, from a recognised higher education institution in the UK. You should also have experience of academic research in the previous four years, normally in the form of either a masters degree in research methods, an undergraduate degree with a research element in the final year, or work-related experience with evidence through research reports. If you have a qualification from outside the UK, or you are not sure if you meet the entry requirements, please contact us by email before applying. MPhil: Applicants should normally hold, or be expecting to obtain, a bachelors degree with at least first or upper-second class honours, or an equivalent qualification. However, entry requirements differ between academic areas, and sometimes a taught masters degree is also required. The research topic pages (in the menu on the right of our Research areas page) give details of specific entry requirements, and provide contact details to discuss your suitability for the MPhil with a member of academic staff.

Contemporary religions and spiritualities; Religion and locality; Religion, identities, cultures and citizenship; Religion in material, visual and performance culture; Religious history and its application

Months of entry

October

Course content

The Religious Studies Department at the OU is committed to the non-confessional study of religion, developing analysis of historical and contemporary religions through the application of critical, historical and sociological methods. Our 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) result placed us high among religious studies departments nationally and recognised the international significance of our research. Our expertise in a wide range of research methods and approaches to religions provides an invaluable context for postgraduate research about contemporary religion in historical perspective and vice versa. Our leadership in important scholarly associations, conferences and publications places us at the forefront of the discipline internationally and greatly benefits our research students.

Key facts
  • 54 per cent of the department's research output was rated 3* and 4* (2014 Research Excellence Framework).
  • The department's research environment was awarded 3* (2014 REF)
  • The department currently has nine full- and part-time research students.
  • Staff and students attend regular research events e.g. cross-cultural identities.
  • The Arts and Humanities Research Council Consortium of the Humanities and the Arts South-East England (AHRC CHASE) offers studentships for doctoral research in the department.

Department specialisms

Contemporary religions and spiritualities; Religion and locality; Religion, identities, cultures and citizenship; Religion in material, visual and performance culture; Religious history and its application

Fees and funding

Please see The Open University website http://www.open.ac.uk/postgraduate/research-degrees/fees-and-funding

Qualification and course duration

PhD

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

MPhil

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

Course contact details

Name
Dr Paul-Francois Tremlett
Email
arts-research-students@open.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)1908 652032