Research course


University of Nottingham · Department of Theology and Religious Studies

Entry requirements

A 2:1 (or international equivalent) in theology and/or religious studies or a closely related subject; plus a proposal of your intended research, submitted to the staff member you have identified as a potential supervisor.

Months of entry


Course content

This degree is designed to offer a flexible learning experience. It introduces you to the research skills necessary for doctoral study in the field of theology and is the perfect stepping stone to a PhD. You will take at least 20 credits of research training modules, which may be unassessed, and may take further assessed modules up to a total of 60 taught credits. The remaining credits consist of a dissertation on a subject agreed by you and your supervisor. The dissertation is worth 120-160 credits and is limited to 35,000 words inclusive of footnotes and bibliography. This limit may be reduced if the dissertation is less than 160 credits. Applicants apply to the MRes in either 'Theology' or 'Religious Studies', and they should choose the one that they wish to appear on their degree. The choice has no bearing on teaching and supervision arrangements.

Research students in the department are currently working in the following areas:

  • Old Testament/Hebrew Bible
  • New Testament Theology
  • Philosophical Theology
  • Philosophy of Religion
  • Systematic Theology
  • Historical Theology
  • Theology and Science
  • Theology and Literature
  • Jewish Studies
  • Islamic Studies

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

Postgraduate Enquiries
+44 (0)115 951 5843