Research course


University of Nottingham · Department of Theology and Religious Studies

Entry requirements

Applicants should usually hold a relevant masters-level degree (or international equivalent). Applicants should submit a proposal of their intended research to the staff member they have identified as a potential supervisor.

Months of entry


Course content

This degree is designed to offer a flexible learning experience. It introduces students to the research skills necessary for doctoral study in the field of theology and is the perfect stepping stone to a PhD. It includes a dissertation of 30,000-35,000 words on a subject agreed by the student and supervisor. Worth 160 credits, this forms the main element of assessment, which is conducted (as for the PhD) by both an internal and external examiner, and may involve a viva voce examination. Students attend the department’s taught MA modules relevant to their research area which make up the remaining 20 credits of the 180 credit degree programme.

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 Theology

For a more extensive overview, please visit the course page on the University of Nottingham's online prospectus.

Information for international students

English language requirements: IELTS 7.0 (no less than 6.5 in any element).

Fees and funding

The Graduate School at The University of Nottingham provides information on internal and external sources of postgraduate funding.

There is also funding information on the Department of Theology and Religious Studies web pages.

For information on funding opportunities for international students, please see the International Office website.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Enquiries
+44 (0)115 951 5843