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  • Qualification

    PhD/DPhil - Doctor of Philosophy

  • Location

    University of Hull

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    3 years

Course summary

About our programmes

Part of the School of Education and Social Sciences, our Theology research degrees are broadly themed around culture, religion and society. This emerging area of work draws together studies of contemporary cultural practices, their inter-relationships and their social impacts, including in the media and the digital world.

Our work is supported by the well-established Centre for Spirituality Studies and includes both empirical and theoretical work.

Due to the new interdisciplinary work within the field, these programmes bring together social science, arts and humanities researchers from across the University and beyond.

During this four-year programme (seven years part-time) you will research and write a dissertation of 70,000 to 100,000 words on a theological or religious topic chosen in conjunction with your supervisor.


We welcome applications to undertake research in all the main branches of Theology. Research by social scientists at Hull aims to have a positive impact of the life conditions and experiences of individuals and communities, at a local, national and global level.

Culture, Religion and Society

Our work is supported by the Centre for Spirituality Studies which exists to:

Promote interdisciplinary research and scholarship which develops understanding of spirituality
Provide opportunities for advanced study and research training in spirituality
Offer a forum for community and inter-faith engagement with the study of spirituality

Research specialisms include:

Church as communion
Contemporary ethical problems
Doctrine of the Trinity
Faith and truth
History of Christian ethics
Interpreting religion practice
Natural theology
Philosophy and cultures
Philosophical theology
Social doctrine of the Roman Catholic Church
Symbol and sacrament.

Tuition fees

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(international fees)

£ 15,000per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

University of Hull

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  • Campus address

    University of Hull, Admissions Office, Cottingham Road, Hull, Kingston Upon Hull, HU6 7RX, England

International students starting an undergraduate degree could receive a tuition fee discount of up to £2,500 per year (terms apply).
Hull’s research takes on global issues – health inequalities, social injustice, climate change and more – to shape a fairer, brighter and carbon-neutral future.
At Hull, there are students from more than 100 countries from right across the world.

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