We have a strong, supportive and welcoming research culture.
With many years experience in distance learning we provide you with a comprehensive package of resources backed up with substantial support.
Your supervisors are always available to provide support and advice by email and MS Teams.
You will have full access to the University's library systems and resources.
We have reciprocal agreements between university libraries, which permit you to use the facilities at the libraries nearest your home.
The university has many distance-learning and part-time researchers so you'll be part of a large community with specialist support. Find out more about the resources, training and support available.
The department is associated with the Centre of Theology and Philosophy that promotes collaborative research both inside and outside the University.
There is no need to visit the University in person to successfully complete your research. However, we will be delighted to see you if you are able to visit - simply arrange with your supervisor the best time for a visit.
- Hear visiting scholars from the UK and overseas
- Present research in progress in a friendly and constructive environment
- Broaden your general knowledge of Theology and Religious Studies
- Gain a better sense of how research develops as part of an interactive process
Find out more about our research seminars
You can make full use of the Language Centre facilities for both research-specific learning and personal interest.
We have one of the largest collections of self-developed video resources of any UK university. These explore themes such as:
- Why study... - an ever expanding series where theologians the key issues and concepts of particular topics
- Objects of belief - a series of short films that uncover the rich theologies of items used (or not) in religious practices
- Sacred calendar - explaining key dates, events and celebrations across religions
- Theologians in conversation - theologians discuss their work and the questions they see as significant
Researcher training and development
The Researcher Academy is the network for researchers, and staff who support them. We work together to promote a healthy research culture, to cultivate researcher excellence, and develop creative partnerships that enable researchers to flourish.
Postgraduate researchers at Nottingham have access to our online Members’ area, which includes a wealth of resources, access to training courses and award-winning postgraduate placements.
You will have access to a range of support services, including:
- academic and disability support
- childcare services
- counselling service
- faith support
- financial support
- mental health and wellbeing support
- visa and immigration advice
- welfare support
Our Students' Union represents all students. You can join the Postgraduate Students’ Network or contact the dedicated Postgraduate Officer.
There are also a range of support networks, including groups for:
- international students
- black and minority ethnic students
- students who identify as women
- students with disabilities
- LGBT+ students
SU Advice provides free, independent and confidential advice on issues such as accommodation, financial and academic difficulties.