Research course

Theology and Religious Studies

University of Kent · School of European Culture and Languages

Entry requirements

MA by research: a first or good second class degree; PhD: an undergraduate degree (first or 2.1) and a Master’s degree (distinction). In exceptional circumstances, candidates with only a first class undergraduate degree will be considered. You are expected to provide a strong research proposal at the time of application.

Months of entry


Course content

The Department of Religious Studies at the University of Kent provides the highest standards of graduate training in the UK.

It is the only department in its subject area to have received two national grants from the Arts and Humanities Research Council to support specialist training for doctoral students.

Collectively the staff at Kent cover all the current methodologies and theoretical approaches from empirical research to psychology of religion to continental philosophy and history of ideas. As well as offering expertise in all the major ‘world religions’, we are widely recognised for groundbreaking work at the edges of the category of religion as well as for work on the invention of the category of ‘religion’. Among the many combined subject areas covered in the department are religion and media, religion and politics, religion and comparative literatures, religion and society. See the 'Staff research' tab for more details.

The Department strongly supports cross-disciplinary work and students are encouraged to take advantage of the wide range of postgraduate classes and seminars available both within the School of European Culture and Languages (SECL) and across the University as a whole.

Department specialisms

Research areas: Mysticism, religious experience and religious subjectivities; Religion, the sacred and contemporary society; Religion, media and culture; Theory and method in the study of religion

Information for international students

For detailed information see our English language requirements web pages. Please note that if you are required to meet an English language condition, we offer a number of pre-sessional courses in English for Academic Purposes through Kent International Pathways. See

Fees and funding

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Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months
part time
60 months

Course contact details

Professor Jeremy Carrette
+44 (0)1227 83145