Research course

Theology and Religious Studies research areas

University of Nottingham · Department of Theology and Religious Studies
PhDMPhilMA by researchMRes

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

January, December, November, October, September, August, July, June, May, April, March, February

Course content

The PhD requires an original contribution to knowledge and a dissertation thesis of 80,000–100,000 words.

Doctoral students are encouraged to present papers at staff and postgraduate seminars. Students have access to a range of staff in the Department, but work particularly closely with one or two supervisors. As the academic profiles of members of staff indicate, most are experienced supervisors, several with former research students in academic posts.

A British PhD is valued highly internationally because it demands that a dissertation embodies an original contribution to knowledge either by exploration and discovery or by re-appraisal and critique of a fresh and distinctive nature. Hence, an emphasis is placed on a thorough mastery of the literature of the field, usually in the original languages, as well as a creativity which grows out of interaction with a research supervisor who is producing creative work. We endorse John Henry Newman’s maxim that a university education has at its central core the creative meeting of minds.

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.

Department specialisms

Old and New Testament; Biblical Theology; Systematic Theology; Reformation Theology; Modern Theology; Philosophy of Religion; Early-Modern and Modern Church History in Britain and Ireland; Islamic Studies and Christian-Muslim Relations; Theology and Science; Religion, Politics and Ethics

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
36 months
part time
72 months


full time
24 months
part time
48 months

MA by research

full time
12 months
part time
24 months


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Enquiries
+44 (0)115 951 5843