Research course

Theology and Religion (with pathways) (on-campus or by distance learning)

University of Birmingham · Department of Theology and Religion
PhDMA by research

Entry requirements

Applicants for research degrees should normally have a first- or upper second-class Honours degree in Theology, Religious Studies or a related discipline.

Months of entry

January, December, November, October, September, June, May, April, March, February

Course content

At Birmingham we offer promising candidates the opportunity to carry out research in one of the UK’s largest and most diverse Departments of Theology and Religion. We have an outstanding international reputation in the study of all types of religion in the contemporary World including Asian Religion with particular expertise in Christianity in Asia, Sikh Studies, Hindu Studies, and the Chinese context.

The MA by Research programme requires you to prepare a dissertation of up to 40,000 words on a topic of your choice, for which an academic staff member will provide expert supervision.

The PhD - the most advanced research degree - leads to a dissertation of up to 80,000 words on a subject of your choice and under the expert supervision of an academic member of staff. You can study for a PhD on campus or by Distance Learning.

These research programmes are available via the following pathways:

  • Asian Religion
  • Biblical Studies
  • Contemporary Religion and Society
  • Intercultural and Practical Theology
  • Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations
  • Jewish and Holocaust Studies
  • Modern Theology
  • Pentecostal and Charismatic Studies
  • Philosophy of Religion
  • Quaker Studies
  • South Asian Religion

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Information for international students

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Fees and funding

UK students
£4,121 FT - £2,061 PT
International students
£13,680 FT - £6,850 PT (DL only)

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Qualification and course duration


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

MA by research

part time
24 months
distance learning
12-24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate enquiry service
0121 414 5005