Research course

Theology and Religious Studies (Higher Degrees by Research)

University of Chester · Department of Theology and Religious Studies

Entry requirements

To be eligible to apply for an MPhil or PhD programmes, applicants should normally have, or expect to obtain, at least an upper second class honours degree in a discipline appropriate to their intended area of research. Substantial prior research experience may, in some instances, be acceptable in place of a first degree qualification. If you are not sure whether this might apply to you, our Postgraduate Admissions team will be able to advise you.

Months of entry

January, September, May

Course content

Studying for an MPhil or a PhD is very much an individual activity, and research topics vary widely, according to personal interests. As one of our students, we will help to nurture your interests and develop skills and insights essential to your future progress.

To assist you, we offer access to modern, well-equipped laboratories and library facilities, and are also able to support prospective students in developing their research proposals.

Our staff are nationally and internationally recognised for their research expertise and are able to offer supervision across a range of disciplines, including: Biblical Studies; Second Temple Judaism; Early Christian History; Contextual, Practical and Public Theologies; Religious Studies; Contemporary Spiritualities; Religion and Society; Religion and Gender, and Systematic Theology and Theological Ethics. As an academic team, we draw on a wide range of approaches to examine Theology and Religious Studies: anthropology, cultural studies, ethnography, hermeneutics, history, philosophy, quantatitive and qualitative methods, media and material studies, practice-based research, sociology, and textual analysis.

Qualification and course duration


part time
48-84 months
full time
24-48 months


part time
24-72 months
full time
12-48 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions
+44 (0)1244 511000