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Theology and Religious Studies MRes

University of Gloucestershire

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  • Qualification

    MRes - Master of Research

  • Location

    Francis Close Hall Campus (Cheltenham)

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    FEB, OCT

  • Duration

    2 years

Course summary

Research in Biblical studies, religious studies or theology will enable you to complete a survey of existing knowledge in your selected area.

Theology and religious studies is a vibrant learning community within a university that has an established research reputation, being recognised for world-leading and internationally excellent research output (REF, 2014). Many of our students follow a research degree out of personal interest. However, for some it is an important step towards lecturing in higher education or for achieving a new career in religious studies or other areas.

Research Environment

There’s an ethos of collaboration between students and staff. Our staff have established an international reputation through their research, publications, research supervisions and presentations at academic conferences. Their expertise covers a wide range of topics in areas such as theology, Old Testament, New Testament, Buddhist philosophy, Islam and contemporary Judaism. We have special interests in: socio-scientific approaches to biblical studies; New Testament theology; the Bible and the visual arts; and the Bible and spirituality. We welcome applications in these areas.

The research areas of theology, biblical studies and religious studies at the university attract research students from around the world. Recent students have come from the USA, Australia, Canada, India, South Africa, Japan, Germany and South Korea, as well as the UK. Our strengths in biblical studies led to the development of the International Centre for Biblical Interpretation.

We offer opportunities for interdisciplinary research within humanities and also across the university. It’s possible, under certain conditions, to do a research degree in theology and religious studies by international distance learning (in your own country).

Research Areas:

Research areas include: Biblical studies, Buddhist philosophy, contemporary Judaism, Islamic political philosophy, and gender and religion. All students are required to take and complete a Postgraduate Certificate in Research Methods to support the development of their project and their education as researchers.

This research contributes to the subject community Religious, Philosophical and Historical Studies and the research priority area Being Human: Past, Present and Future.

Training in Research Methods

All students are required to take and complete a Postgraduate Certificate in Research Methods to support the development of their project and their education as researchers.

Tuition fees

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£ 10,000per 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 Gloucestershire

  • University League Table

    97th

  • Campus address

    University of Gloucestershire, The Park, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL50 2RH, England

Diverse and inclusive community, welcoming students from over 60 countries worldwide.
Exceptional one-to-one support, with Helpzones on every campus.
Wide array of scholarships and awards for international students.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    27th out of 33 6

  • Entry standards

    / Max 197
    103 53%

    21st

    7
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    55 55%

    31st

    2
  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.29 86%

    10th

    19

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