Theology and Religious Studies, Ph.D. | University of Nottingham | Nottingham, United Kingdom
36 months
20000 GBP/year
4596 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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The Theology and Religious Studies programme of the University of Nottingham has particular strengths in: Theology, Philosophy, Culture and Science, Islamic Studies, Jewish Studies, History of Theology and Bible Studies.


Our staff include theologians, historians, sociologists and philosophers so we can support your research with a range of different approaches and methodologies.

You will get expert supervision from our research-active and creative staff. If applicable to your research, you can get supervision across departments (for example, philosophy or history). You may also be able to strengthen your supervisory team from across our Midland4Cities partner universities.

In the Theology and Religious Studies programme of the University of Nottingham you will be joining a diverse community whose current research projects include:

  • Constructive Theology
  • Continental Philosophy
  • Hebrew Bible and New Testaments
  • Hermeneutics
  • Historical Theology
  • Islam and Politics
  • Jewish Philosophy
  • Philosophy of Religion
  • Philosophical Theology
  • Reformation Theology
  • Religion and Environment
  • Religion and Media
  • Religion and Technology
  • Sociology of Religion
  • Theology and Literature
  • Theology and Natural Science


Many of our PhD students are already settled in careers before starting the course - their research is for personal development, interest or to deepen their existing career.

The most common non-religious career paths for our postgraduate students include education/teaching, IT, and welfare and housing associations.

We have a successful record of our PhD students developing academic careers at many different institutions.

Programme Structure

You will complete a written thesis of up to 100,000 words, with experienced support and advice from your academic supervisors.

You will also take an oral examination called a viva voce where you explain your project in depth to an examination panel.

Recent dissertation examples

  • The Significance of Time in Augustine’s Understanding of the Authority of Scripture
  • By the Spirit we understand: how do new religious experiences create scripture?
  • The Oneness of the Manifold: A Comparative Survey of Mystical Ontologies East and West
  • The Word Above All Earthly Powers: The Metaphysics of Creation and Reformed Theology
  • Chromatic dialogues: colour and culture in Homer, Herodotus and the Hebrew Bible
  • Wisdom as a Model for Jesus’ Ministry: A Study on the ‘Lament over Jerusalem’ in Matthew 23.37-39 and Luke 13.34-35
  • Ibn Taymiyya's Contextual Biblical Hermeneutics in Al-Jawab al-Sahih (The Correct Response)

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months
  • Part-time
    • 72 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

International applicants should apply as early as possible. 


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Academic requirements

We are not aware of any specific GRE, GMAT or GPA grading score requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Masters-level degree (or international equivalent)
  • IELTS: 7.0 (no less than 6.0 in any element)

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    20000 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 20000 GBP per year during 36 months.
  • National

    4596 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 4596 GBP per year during 36 months.

Living costs for Nottingham

583 - 978 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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