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Department of Theology and Religion

Postgraduate study

Durham is one of the largest departments of theology and religion in Britain, providing a considerable range of expertise for our postgraduate students, of whom we have almost 200.

At postgraduate level we offer a variety of research degrees, including a four-year Integrated PhD; seven taught MA courses (to prepare for doctoral research); and a Graduate Diploma. We welcome full-time and part-time postgraduate students and are keen to support everyone in their studies, at whatever stage of their careers they may be.

The Department houses strong teams of scholars in Old Testament and Related Studies, Judaism in Antiquity, New Testament and Related Studies, Historical Theology (from late antiquity to the modern period), Systematic and Philosophical Theology, the Study of Religion, Religion and the Arts, Theology and Ethics, Theology and Science, Catholic Studies, Anglican Studies, and Spirituality, Theology and Health. The range of research seminars (to which all postgraduates are invited to participate) testifies to the Department's intellectual breadth.

Our postgraduate programmes are very international in focus and more than half of our postgraduate students are from overseas. The international outlook of the department is a vital element of our work and success. As well as increasingly recruiting international staff, our academics are members of global networks, regularly participate at international conferences and many are instantly recognised throughout the world for their publications and academic leadership.

Doctoral studies here are not purely centred on the writing of the thesis but include practical preparation for the academic job market, providing students with access to world-class study facilities and to a range of training and professional-development opportunities. This may include work as a teaching assistant or research assistant, or participation in the exchange or study abroad schemes.

Entry into a research course normally requires the completion of a taught MA, during which a proposal for independent research can be developed and refined. Examples of possible research areas can be found by browsing a list of current postgraduates.