Department of Theology and Religious Studies

Postgraduate degrees in theology and religious studies (MA)

Why Nottingham?

We have the expertise and resources to support high-calibre masters study on campus and online. 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.

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Teaching and learning

Masters students are required to do significant amounts of independent study, supported by tutorial and feedback sessions.

This is in addition to the taught course programme of lectures and seminars. We provide a supportive, friendly environment with dedicated working space, teaching opportunities, regular postgraduate seminars, conferences and workshops.

There are also are many opportunities for students to gain practical experience and skills such as organising and/or participating in workshops and conferences, including those of the department's two centres; the Centre of Bible, Ethics and Theology directed by Prof Roland Deines and Dr Carly Crouch, and the Centre of Theology and Philosophy directed by Professor John Milbank and Dr Conor Cunningham.

Theology and Religious Studies students are also invited to undertake up to two professional development modules which allow you to apply your specialist masters training in a careers context.

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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)

Facilities and resources

Nottingham has excellent facilities for postgraduate students both in terms of formal teaching and personal study space. 

Key spaces for Theology and Religious Studies students include the Humanities Building, Graduate School and Social Sciences and Arts Graduate Centre.

Facilities and resources of particular interest to Theology and Religious Studies students include the Digital Humanities Centre for computer-based research, and the Hallward Library with generous holdings of books and journals.

Of interest to both campus-based and distance-learning students are the innovative range of online videos developed at Nottingham and being used as learning resources around the world. There are several series including Bibledex featuring every book of the Bible, Theologians in Conversation, Objects of Belief, and Sacred Calendars.


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


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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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View our masters courses in the postgraduate online prospectus

Church History
(distance learning)

Systematic and Philosophical
Theology (distance learning)

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Department of Theology and Religious Studies

University of Nottingham
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Nottingham, NG7 2RD

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