Department of Theology and Religious Studies

Postgraduate degrees in theology and religious studies (MA)

We have two masters degrees for people who want to develop their learning beyond undergraduate level. 

Both are taught by distance learning, which means students can pursue these MAs from anywhere in the world.

Church History
For those who want to enhance and deepen their understanding of the Church's past.

Systematic and Philosophical Theology
Focussing on the meaning and implications of Christian doctrine or teaching.


Teaching and learning

Our masters degrees are run as distance learning courses. This allows you to fit study around your existing life and commitments.

With a long tradition of distance learning we have the expertise and resources to support you and ensure you get the most from your studies.

You study the same sorts of modules as if studying on campus, using materials prepared and supported by the same staff, who are experts not just in their chosen academic fields, but also in working with distance learners.

All our academic staff are internationally recognised in their fields of research; the REF2014 assessment rated 97% of research produced by the department of international quality, with 30% world-leading.

Distance learning is not exclusively online. You receive all your primary course materials in printed form as well as electronically and you will also make use of libraries for learning and research.

We have reciprocal agreements between university libraries, which permit you to use the facilities at the libraries nearest your home. You can also access scholarly materials online. Our distance learning courses are fully supported in Moodle, our virtual learning environment.

When you enrol

On successful enrolment, you will receive a study pack compiled by your course tutors.

The pack includes a module guide with course notes, core readings, electronic links to further readings and essay questions.

The course materials, together with practical information to help you through the course, are also available on Moodle. Tutors give advice and support by email, and through forums on Moodle.

Innovative learning resources

We have a range of online videos developed at Nottingham and being used as learning resources around the world. There are several series including:

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I really enjoyed the course, it was challenging and extremely rewarding! I was initially attracted by the range of topics and flexibility of the study, and the course delivered on both fronts. More importantly, I very much appreciated doing the MA with such a supportive and friendly department - it was an absolute pleasure to do it under your tutelage! 


Andrew Griffiths (MA Church History)

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Distance learners make better progress when they get together meet with fellow students and tutors, even for short periods of time.

The pay-off for what might seem like a brief contact period is considerable as it helps you feel part of a community of fellow learners, and getting to know your course director and other staff can help immeasurably when you make contact subsequently by email, WebCT, or phone. Equally, we like to get to know you and see how you are enjoying the course. 

We hold an annual residential seminar in the spring, which you are strongly encouraged to attend every year (and at least once during your studies). In addition to meeting other distance learners, you'll have the chance to meet full-time, campus-based students as well as academic and administrative staff. There is a programme of seminars and lectures as well as time to use the library and soak up the atmosphere of the University of Nottingham.


Funding for masters students

The University is committed to making study at Nottingham both accessible and affordable.

The majority of postgraduate students in the UK fund their own studies, often from a package made up of personal savings, parental loans or contributions, bank loans and support from a trust or charity.

However, financial support and competitive scholarships are available and we encourage applicants to explore all funding opportunities at least a year in advance of the start date.

Funding opportunities for postgraduate theology students


Nottingham offers a range of opportunities to transform your subject specialisms into practical skills, and gain valuable experience sought after by employers. 

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Nottingham and its environs provide numerous and varied on-campus and off-campus activities to enhance your student experience.

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Our postgraduate taught courses

Church History MA

Systematic and Philosophical Theology MA

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t: +44 (0)115 951 5886



Department of Theology and Religious Studies

University of Nottingham
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Nottingham, NG7 2RD

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