PhD Religions and Theology / Overview
Year of entry: 2021
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- Degree awarded
- Doctor of Philosophy
- 3 years [full-time], 6 years [part-time]
- Entry requirements
- A Bachelors (Honours) degree at 2:1 level or above (or its international equivalent) in a related subject; and
- A UK Master's degree with an overall average of 65% or higher, with a minimum of 65% in the dissertation and with no mark below 55% (or its international equivalent) in Religions and Theology or a related subject.
- Any strong, relevant work experience will be considered on a case by case basis.
- How to apply
- Apply online
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Areas available for research include:
- Biblical studies, especially the Bible in context (Ancient Near Eastern, Jewish, Graeco-Roman), linguistic approaches, Bible and gender;
- early Christianity, especially Nag Hammadi and magical texts;
- papyri and other manuscripts in the John Rylands Library;
- Rabbinic and medieval Judaism;
- Jewish thought;
- Jewish-Christian and Jewish-Christian-Muslim relations;
- Islamic philosophy and medicine;
- Christian doctrine;
- philosophical theology;
- applied theology;
- theology and technology;
- contemporary Christianity;
- religious archives in the John Rylands Library;
- religion and philosophy;
- philosophy of law;
- religion and science;
- religion and politics;
- religion and gender.
Find out more about our staff's research interests on the People page.
One of our particular strengths is the ability of our research students to draw on the expertise of specialists in a wide range of disciplines.
This offers the possibility of developing interdisciplinary projects with high level expertise in both disciplines. For instance, recent PhD students have had supervision jointly between lecturers in Biblical studies and Roman social history, theology and music, and South Asian Studies and sociology.
Within Religions and Theology, our doctoral students also participate in a thriving disciplinary research culture. There are regular research seminars in Religions and Theology, Biblical Studies, and Jewish Studies.
Research students are also welcome at a wide range of seminars in other areas, for instance, in linguistics or in gender, sexuality and culture.
Religions and Theology students get the opportunity to meet and discuss with a range of major international scholars who visit to deliver seminars, public lectures (The Manson Memorial Lecture in New Testament, The Sherman Lectures in Jewish Studies, The Ferguson Lecture in Theology).
Many of our students undertake some undergraduate teaching, following appropriate training which is offered to all doctoral students.
Funds are available for students to organise conferences and travel to attend events and undertake research.
There are opportunities to organise, participate in, and present papers at conferences led by PhD students and joint events, such as the Manchester-Durham-Sheffield PhD student conference in Biblical Studies.
Find out what it's like to study at Manchester by visiting us on one of our open days .
For entry in the academic year beginning September 2021, the tuition fees are as follows:
UK students (per annum): £4,500
International, including EU, students (per annum): £19,500
UK students (per annum): TBC
Further information for EU students can be found on our dedicated EU page.
Please note for the majority of projects where experimentation requires further resource: higher fee bands (where quoted) will be charged rather than the base rate for supervision, administration and computational costs. The fees quoted above will be fully inclusive and, therefore, you will not be required to pay any additional bench fees or administration costs.
All fees for entry will be subject to yearly review and incremental rises per annum are also likely over the duration of the course for UK/EU students (fees are typically fixed for International students, for the course duration at the year of entry). For general fees information please visit: postgraduate fees . Always contact the department if you are unsure which fee applies to your project.
We offer a limited number of bursaries and studentships on a competitive basis, details of which can be found via the links below.
Please note that while we do not have closing dates for programme applications, all funding competitions have a specified deadline for submitting the funding application form and a separate (earlier) deadline for submitting the online programme application form, both of which will be stated in the funding competition details below.
You may also be eligible for a postgraduate loan from the government. Find out more about this and other sources of funding on the funding opportunities page.
- AHRC North West Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership (NWCDTP) in the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures 2021-22
- President's Doctoral Scholar (PDS) Awards in the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures 2021-22
- School of Arts, Languages and Cultures PhD Studentships 2021-22
- China Scholarship Council - The University of Manchester Joint Scholarship for PhD Study in the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures 2021-22
- Lincoln International Doctoral Studentship/Mark Gibbs Studentship - Religions and Theology
- Trudeau Doctoral Scholarships 2021-22
- School of Arts, Languages and Cultures
- Contact name
- Rachel Corbishley
See: About us
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