Theology MRes

 
  

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Qualification
MRes Theology
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 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 unaccessed, 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
 

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 your 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.

You 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

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.

Those who take up a postgraduate research opportunity with us will not only receive support in terms of close contact with supervisors and specific training related to your area of research, you will also benefit from dedicated careers advice from our Careers and Employability Service. Individual guidance appointments, career management training programme, access to resources and invitations to events including skills workshops and recruitment fairs are just some of the ways in which they can help you develop your full potential, whether you choose to continue within an academic setting or are looking at options outside of academia.

 
 
 
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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

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