Theology and Religious Studies PhD

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Qualification
PhD Theology and Religious Studies
Duration
3 years full-time, 6 years part-time
Entry requirements
Applicants should, usually, hold a relevant masters-level degree (or international equivalent). 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

The PhD requires an original contribution to knowledge and a thesis of a maximum of 100,000 words, inclusive of footnotes and bibliography. You will research your chosen topics in consultation with their supervisors.

You will be encouraged to present papers at staff and postgraduate seminars. You will 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 thesis 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.

Applicants apply to the PhD 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 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
  • Department MA Studentships
  • 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.

Midlands4Cities funding

The Midlands4Cities Doctoral Training Partnership supports the personal and professional development of the next generation of arts and humanities doctoral researchers. Studentships are available to UK/EU students.

How to apply to the University of Nottingham through Midlands4Cities

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. 

Government loans for doctoral study

The Government recently introduced doctoral student loans of up to £25,000 for PhDs and equivalent research programmes. Applicants must ordinarily live in England.

Doctoral training programmes

Linked to research councils, doctoral training programmes offer funding opportunities connected to our research priorities.

International and EU students

Research scholarships are available for outstanding international and EU students. You must already have an offer to study at Nottingham to apply. Please note closing dates to ensure your course application is submitted in good time.

Information and advice on funding your degree, living costs and working while you study is available on our website, as well as country-specific resources.

 

 
 
 

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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Disclaimer
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.

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Amanda Samuels
Department of Theology and Religious Studies
University of Nottingham
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