Research course

Religion, Theology and Philosophy

Oxford Brookes University · Department of History, Philosophy and Religion

Entry requirements

The normal entry requirement for MPhil or MPhil with the intention of transferring to a PhD (the route which most of our doctoral candidates take) is a first-class or upper second-class UK honours degree or equivalent. Applications also welcomed from those holding qualifications other than the above and will be considered on their merits and in relation to the nature and scope of the work proposed. The normal entry requirement for the degree of PhD is a recent master's degree in a discipline which is appropriate to the proposed research and which has included research training and a research project.

Months of entry

January, April, September

Course content

The overarching research theme is the investigation of human nature by studying philosophical, theoretical and religious ideas throughout history, by engaging and with the distinction between human and animal life.

Department specialisms

Philosophy of mind; of action; of language; of religion; of biology; Epistemology; Ethics; History of Philosophy; Religion, philosophy and psychoanalysis; Theology and philosophy of love; Religion, sexuality and gender; Philosophy of religion; Religion, health and well-being; 20th-century German churches; Human nature; Methodologies for the study of religions; New religious movements.

Information for international students

If your first language is not English, you must satisfy our English language requirements by providing us with evidence of a minimum IELTS score of 6.5, TOEFL score of 575 (paper-based) or 90 (internet-based).

Fees and funding

Funding opportunities can be found at: Finance

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PhD
    part time
    36-72 months
      full time
      24-60 months
      • MPhil
        part time
        36-48 months
          full time
          24-36 months

          Course contact details

          Dr Tom Crook

          +44 (0) 1865 484998