Theology and Religious Studies MA by research

 
  

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Qualification
MA (by research) Theology and Religious Studies
Duration
1 year full-time, 2 years part-time
Entry requirements
2:1 or above (or its international equivalent) in theology and/or religious studies or closely related subject. You should submit a proposal of your intended research to the staff member you have identified as a potential supervisor.
IELTS
7.0 (6.5) If these grades are not met, English preparatory courses are available
Start date
September
Campus
University Park
Other requirements

Research overview

This degree, which can be studied one year full-time or two years part-time, enables you to pursue a particular project at masters level. It also introduces you to the research skills necessary for doctoral study in the field of theology or religious studies. The course is designed to offer a flexible learning experience: you are guided in your reading by your supervisor and may take taught MA modules relevant to their research area. The taught modules constitute of 0 to 60 credits of the 180 credit degree programme. At the end of the course you will submit a thesis on a subject agreed by your and your supervisor. A 120 credit thesis is a maximum of 25,000 words inclusive of footnotes and bibliography. A 180 credit thesis is a maximum of 40,000 words. A thesis over 120 credits but less than 180 credits is a maximum of 30,000 words. 

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

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

Facilities

  • The University library has online access to all books published in Britain and Ireland from the beginning of printing to 1800
  • Postgraduate research students study area equipped with networked PCs and printers
 

Research support

The department's lively research culture includes regular research seminars, which offer the chance to hear visiting scholars from elsewhere in the UK and from overseas as well as opportunities for staff and postgraduates to present research in progress in a friendly and constructive environment. These occasions also allow you to broaden their knowledge of the subject and gain a better sense of how research develops as part of an interactive process.

You will have access to an extensive range of modules provided by The Graduate School, including 'The Tradition of Critique' and general modules such as 'Getting Going on Your Thesis', and beginners language courses.

AHRC Doctoral Award-holders will complete a portfolio of research training provision, to be devised in consultation with their supervisor.

Postgraduate students in the department may also register for German and French reading modules as needed for their research.

A number of University support services exist to assist you during your time at Nottingham and beyond. The Postgraduate Students' Association (PGSA) is a particularly important source of support.

 

Find a supervisor

We encourage you to get in touch with a member of academic staff about your research proposal before submitting an application. They may be able to help you with your proposal and offer support to find funding opportunities in your area. 

Details of research supervisors can be found on the Department website.

 

Funding

UK/EU Students

Competitive scholarships available include:

  • MA Scholarships
  • PhD Scholarships
  • Vice Chancellor's Scholarship for Research Excellence

This is by no means a complete list. For up-to-date information and application forms on these and other funding opportunities, please visit the funding section of the department’s website.

You may also search the University’s funding database, designed to give you an indication of University scholarships for which you may be eligible to apply. The University Graduate School operates funding schemes of its own to help support current postgraduate research. 

International and EU students

The University of Nottingham offers a range of masters scholarships for international and EU students from a wide variety of countries and areas of study.

Applicants must receive an offer of study before applying for our scholarships. Please note the closing dates of any scholarships you are interested in and make sure you submit your masters course application in good time so that you have the opportunity to apply for them.

The International Office also provides information and advice for international and EU students on financing your degree, living costs, external sources of funding and working during your studies.

Find out more on our scholarships, fees and finance webpages for international applicants.

 
 

Careers

Visit the School page for additional opportunities

Average starting salary and career progression

The University of Nottingham is consistently named as one of the most targeted universities by Britain’s leading graduate employers* and can offer you a head-start when it comes to your career.

In 2016, 96% of postgraduates from the School of Humanities who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £22,370 with the highest being £30,000.**

The Graduate Market 2013-2016, High Fliers Research.  
**Known destinations of full-time home postgraduates 2015/16. Salaries are calculated based on the median of those in full-time paid employment within the UK.

Career Prospects and Employability

Our Careers and Employability Service offers a range of services including advice sessions, employer events, recruitment fairs and skills workshops – and once you have graduated, you will have access to the service for life.

The acquisition of a masters degree demonstrates a high level of knowledge in a specific field. Whether you are using it to enhance your employability, as preparation for further academic research or as a means of vocational training, you may benefit from careers advice as to how you can use your new found skills to their full potential. Our Careers  and  Employability Service will help you do this, working with you to explore your options and inviting you to attend recruitment events where you can meet potential employers, as well as suggesting further development opportunities, such as relevant work experience placements and skills workshops.

 
 
 
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This online prospectus has been drafted in advance of the academic year to which it applies. Every effort has been made to ensure that the information is accurate at the time of publishing, but changes (for example to course content) are likely to occur given the interval between publishing and commencement of the course. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply for the course where there has been an interval between you reading this website and applying.

Amanda Samuels
Department of Theology and Religious Studies
University of Nottingham
University Park
Nottingham
NG7 2RD

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