Research course

Religions and Theology

The University of Manchester · Graduate School of Arts, Languages and Cultures

Entry requirements

A First class or Upper Second class honours degree plus a good Masters qualification is required, or the overseas equivalent.

Months of entry


Course content

This programme aims to provide students in Religions and Theology with the opportunity to deepen their knowledge of these fields. It stresses a broad, interdisciplinary and comparative approach. Courses can be taken from across the offerings within the discipline and beyond. Courses in Religions and Theology cover a wide range of topics, including subject oriented choices in Biblical Studies, Jewish Studies, Christian Studies, and South Asian Studies, and method oriented courses in philosophy, gender studies, hermeneutics, political theory and more.

The subject core course unit is typically Method and Theory in the Study of Religion. This is complemented by a School-led core course unit which gives students the opportunity to acquire a variety of research and presentation skills. Optional course units are drawn from a combination of choices available in the specialist programmes (Biblical Studies; History of Christianity; Jewish Studies; Religion and Political Life; South Asian Studies; Theology, Culture and Society). Your selection will be tailored to meet your particular range of interests.

Department specialisms

Old Testament Studies; Christian Theology; Greco-Roman Religions; Buddhism; Philosophy of Religion; New Testament Studies; Early Church History; Hinduism; Zoroastrianism; Ethnic Minorities in Britain; Intertestamental Studies. Please visit the University of Manchester website for full details of current staff and their research interests.

Information for international students

Students whose first language is not English are required to take either the IELTS or TOEFL test. IELTS-applicants are normally expected to score a minimum of 7.0 overall to include a writing score of 7.0; on the TOEFL- a minimum score of 103 (internet-based test) is expected.

Fees and funding

In most years departmental and Faculty bursaries are available. Candidates applying for AHRC funding through the University will be considered for these awards. The deadline is usually 1st April. Overseas students can apply for ORS, the deadline is usually early January. Please see the University website or contact Postgraduate Admissions.

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months
part time
72 months

Course contact details

School of Arts, Languages and Cultures
+44 (0)161 275 3559
+44 (0)161 275 3031