Department of Theology and Religious Studies

Theology and religious studies research degrees (PhD, MPhil, MRes, MA by research)

Why a research degree at Nottingham?

Every member of staff in the department is active in research, disseminating work with major academic publishers. In the REF2014 assessment, 97% of research produced was rated of international quality, with 30% considered world-leading in terms of originality and significance.

In recent years we have welcomed research students from Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia, USA and the UK, who have all valued our specialist  training and personal supervision.

Islamic studies is one of the areas of research expertise in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies
The University of Nottingham is the lead institution in the AHRC-funded Midlands3Cities Doctoral Training Partnership


Supervision and research expertise

The department offers supervision for MA by Research, Master of Research MPhil and PhD students in a wide range of areas. These include:

  • ethics in the Hebrew Bible and ancient Near East, warfare, the history of Israel, prophecy and Deuteronomy
  • New Testament, particularly the theology of Paul
  • biblical theology
  • ancient Judaism
  • patristics
  • systematic theology
  • church history in Britain and Ireland (particularly 16th and 19th century)
  • continental philosophy of religion
  • political theology
  • theology, phenomenology and metaphysics
  •  theology, literature and the arts
  • Jewish philosophy
  • Christian-Muslim relations
  • Islamic theology
  • science and theology, particularly quantum physics

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Teaching and learning

The department offers excellent opportunities for research student supervised and independent learning.

Alongside supervision, the department holds staff/student seminars, providing opportunities for visiting scholars, departmental staff and research candidates to present papers in a context of friendly and sympathetic critique. This includes participation in activities within the The Centre of Theology and Philosophy, directed by faculty member Professor John Milbank, and the Centre for Bible, Ethics and Theology.

Although members of staff have their own specialisms, they understand theology to be a coherent and cohesive discipline and encourage dialogue and discussion both within the department and with other departments of the University.

Additional research training is provided via the Graduate School, and AHRC-funded students can take advantage of training provided across the Midlands3Cities Doctoral Training Partnership

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Facilities and resources

Nottingham has excellent facilities and resources for doctoral students for formal, informal and personal and independent study.

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 and Manuscripts and Special Collections with generous holdings of books and journals.

The department's innovative range of online videos are 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.



Tutorial spaces: Dr Carly Crouch talks about her personal library, which she consults to provide historical context, housed in her office from where she also provides research supervision.

Funding for research students

The primary source of funding for our students is through the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).

The University of Nottingham is the lead institution within the Midlands3Cities Doctoral Training Partnership (M3C DTP).

The partnership is a collaboration between the universities of Nottingham, Nottingham Trent, Leicester, De Montfort, Birmingham and Birmingham City, and is awarding 410 PhD studentships for study over a five year period commencing 2014.

The DTP provides UK/EU research candidates with cross-institutional mentoring, expert supervision including cross-institutional supervision where appropriate, subject-specific and generic training, and professional support in preparing for a career.

Applications for 2018 entry are now closed. 

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Whilst M3C DTP AHRC funding is only available to UK/EU students, this is by no means the only source of funding, and additional opportunities are listed on the department's funding page as they become available.

The University’s International Office has a wide range of scholarship opportunities for students an EU fee status, including a fee reduction for alumni, and EU and Accession State Scholarships. 

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.

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Admissions: Dr Jon Hoover
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Department of Theology and Religious Studies

University of Nottingham
University Park
Nottingham, NG7 2RD

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