Research course

Theology and Religion

University of Birmingham · Department of Theology and Religion

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Entry requirements

Usually a 2:1 (Hons) in a relevant subject, or an international equivalent.

Months of entry


Course content

The Theology MRes is a research degree that includes taught components; it may be followed as an end in itself, but also provides an excellent foundation for subsequent doctoral research.

The programme comprises four components; a compulsory Research Methodology module; two optional modules from among the wide range available in the Department of Theology & Religion; and a 20,000-word thesis on a topic of your choice.

Your thesis can focus on any aspect of the study of Christian thought and theology or Biblical Studies that interests you, but among the Department’s strengths are themes such as contextual and intercultural theologies and approaches to biblical interpretation; contemporary and philosophical theology; Evangelical/Charismatic, queer, liberationist and Asian theologies; and both historical and literary approaches to the Bible.

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If you can’t make it to one of our on-campus open days, our virtual open days run regularly throughout the year.

Information for international students

For UK/EU postgraduate research students the University fee level is set at Research Council rates and as such is subject to change. The final fee will be announced by Research Councils UK in spring 2016.

Fees and funding

UK students
£4,121 FT - £2,061 PT
International students
£13,680 FT

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Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MRes
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Postgraduate enquiry service
0121 414 5005