Research course


University of Nottingham · Department of Theology and Religious Studies

Entry requirements

Masters-level degree or international equivalent is usual.

We recognise that applicants have a variety of experiences and follow different pathways to postgraduate religious studies research.

We treat all applicants with alternative qualifications on an individual basis. We may also consider relevant work experience.

If you are unsure whether your qualifications or work experience are relevant, contact us.

Months of entry

February, April, July, October, December

Course content

Our PhD gives you the time and support to explore your theological interests while maintaining your existing commitments.

You will complete a written thesis of up to 100,000 words.

Our research strengths

We have particular strengths in:

  • Theology and Philosophy
  • Religion, Culture, and Ethics
  • Science, Technology, and Nature
  • Biblical Studies
  • Jewish Studies
  • Islamic Studies

You’ll be joining a diverse community whose current research projects include:

  • Hebrew Bible and New Testament
  • Hermeneutics
  • Islam and Politics
  • Jewish Philosophy
  • Philosophy of Religion
  • Philosophical Theology
  • Religion and Media
  • Religion and Technology
  • Theology and Continental Philosophy
  • Theology and Literature
  • Theology and Natural Science

Staff and support

Our staff include theologians, sociologists, biblical scholars and philosophers so we can support your research with a range of different approaches and methodologies.

Supervision is provided by research-active staff. With over 10 years experience in running distance learning degrees the department will provide the support you need. The Department of Theology and Religious Studies is ranked seventh in the UK for ‘research power’.

Distance learning

Visiting the university in person is not essential to successfully complete your PhD.

The university has many distance-learning and part-time researchers so you'll be part of a large community. Find out more about the resources, training and support available as part of our Researcher Academy.

Fees and funding

UK students
£4,496 per year
International students
£19,000 per year

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PhD
    72 months
    • Online learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    72 months
    • Online learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    36 months
    • Online learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Postgraduate Enquiries
+44 (0)115 951 5559