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Postgraduate research opportunities 

Theology and Religious Studies

Religion, Theology & Culture

Research in Theology and Religious Studies encompasses a wide range of traditions, methods and perspectives and has been an ever-present part of the mission of the University since its foundation in 1451.

Overview

Researchers in Theology and Religious Studies continue to build on Glasgow's reputation for excellence in traditional fields of theology including Biblical Studies, Hermeneutics, Modern Systematic Theology, Catholic Moral Theology, Practical Theology, Church History and Scottish Religious History. Glasgow also has a strong profile in Islam, Sufism, religion in modern Iran, Judaism, Esoteric Buddhism, Jewish Studies, and religion in China.

Some staff are primarily theologians, whilst others work at the intersection between religion and other disciplines including sociology, anthropology, literature, history. Theology and Religious Studies in Glasgow has strong interdisciplinary research links to other subjects across the College of Arts. Recent collaborations have involved English and Scottish Literature, Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Law, Education, Philosophy, Medical Humanities and several Glasgow Museums.

Our main collective research topics are:

  • religion and politics
  • the construction of religion as a modern category
  • religion and technology 
  • mysticism and spirituality
  • religion and identity
  • scripts, scriptures, and textual analysis
  • applied theology and theory of religion.

The subject area also runs a Doctorate in Practical Theology. This is an innovative professional research doctorate by portfolio specifically designed to enable those who work in faith based organizations or public/caring professions to reflect upon their value-based practice. Work is undertaken within research cohorts which meet 5 times a year for methods training and supervision. The degree is designed to be taken on a part-time basis.

Theology Through Creative Practice PhD

We also offer a ground-breaking programme in Theology Through Creative Practice which recognises that new knowledge emerges through creative practice  [often leading to advanced research on issues of huge theological significance]. They enable creative practitioners, in a wide variety of fields, to develop their own practice and critically reflect upon it in the context of doctoral or masters research. In these degree programmes, practice is embraced as research aim, research method and research outcome. 

Please contact Anna.Fisk@glasgow.ac.uk if you are interested in the Theology Through Creative Practice PhD  

Study options

PhD: 3 years full-time; 5 years part-time. Thesis of 70,000-100,000 words

Doctorate in Practical Theology: 3 years full-time; 5 years part-time. Stage one portfolio - four pieces in total 30,000 works, stage 2 Thesis of 50,000-65,000 words

MLitt: 2 years full-time; 3 years part-time. Thesis of 40,000-70,000 words

MPhil/MTh: 1 year full-time; 2 years part-time. Thesis of 30,000-40,000 words

MRes: 1 year full-time; 2 years part-time. 60 -90 Credit taught course plus a thesis of 18,000- 30,000 words

Supervisors

All our postgraduate research students are allocated a supervisor who acts as the main source of academic support and research mentoring.

You may want to identify a potential supervisor and contact them to discuss your research proposal before you apply.

Entry requirements

Our regular standard of admission is at least an Upper Second Class Honours degree (2:1), although candidates will usually also have completed or be undertaking a Masters qualification.

Research proposal

Candidates are required to provide a single page outline of the research subject proposed (approximately 1000 words). This need not be a final thesis proposal but should include:

  • a straightforward, descriptive, and informative title
  • the question that your research will address
  • an account of why this question is important and worth investigating
  • an assessment of how your own research will engage with recent study in the subject
  • a brief account of the methodology and approach you will take
  • a discussion of the primary sources that your research will draw upon, including printed books, manuscripts, archives, libraries, or museums
  • an indicative bibliography of secondary sources that you have already consulted and/or are planning to consult

Your application, including your references and research proposal, will be passed to members of staff whose expertise and research interests most closely match the area of your proposed study.

English Language requirements for applicants whose first language is not English.

Fees and funding

Fees

2016/17

  • £4,121 UK/EU
  • £15,250 outside EU

Prices are based on the annual fee for full-time study. Fees for part-time study are half the full-time fee.

Additional fees for all students:

  • Submission by a research student £440
  • Submission for a higher degree by published work £890
  • Submission of thesis after deadline lapsed £140
  • Submission by staff in receipt of staff scholarship £680
  • Research students registered as non-supervised Thesis Pending students (50% refund will be granted if the student completes thesis within the first six months of the period) £250
  • General Council fee £50
  • Depending on the nature of the research project, some students will be expected to pay a bench fee to cover additional costs. The exact amount will be provided in the offer letter.

2017/18

  • £4,195 UK/EU*
  • £16,000 outside EU

Prices are based on the annual fee for full-time study. Fees for part-time study are half the full-time fee.

* We expect that tuition fees for EU students entering in 2017 will continue to be set at the same level as that for UK students.  However, future funding arrangements for EU students will be determined as part of the UK’s discussions on its future relationship.  If you are thinking of applying for 2017 entry, we would encourage you to do so in the usual way. For further information, please see the Research Councils UK statement on international collaboration and Universities UK Brexit FAQs for universities and students.

Additional fees for all students:

  • Submission by a research student £460
  • Submission for a higher degree by published work £1,000
  • Submission of thesis after deadline lapsed £200
  • Submission by staff in receipt of staff scholarship £680
  • Research students registered as non-supervised Thesis Pending students (50% refund will be granted if the student completes thesis within the first six months of the period) £260
  • General Council fee £50
  • Depending on the nature of the research project, some students will be expected to pay a bench fee to cover additional costs. The exact amount will be provided in the offer letter.

Alumni discount

A 10% discount is available to University of Glasgow alumni. This includes graduates and those who have completed a Junior Year Abroad, Exchange programme or International Summer School at the University of Glasgow. The discount is applied at registration for students who are not in receipt of another discount or scholarship funded by the University. No additional application is required.

Funding

AHRC Doctoral Training Programme Scotland 2017/18

Funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) to support postgraduate studentships and training in the Arts and Humanities in Scotland.

College of Arts PhD scholarship competition 2017/18

We offer a number of scholarships for students undertaking a doctoral programme in the College of Arts Graduate School. These scholarships will include around four hours per week of internship duties.

Support

Resources

Teaching and research in the Arts and Humanities is supported by the outstanding resources of our University Library with its special collections and our on-campus Hunterian Museum and Art Gallery.

Our close links and partnerships with Glasgow Life, and the city’s many museums, art galleries, performing arts and music venues, international festivals and creative industry organisations make the University of Glasgow the ideal place for postgraduate study of the arts.

Graduate School

Our College of Arts Graduate School creates a productive and interdisciplinary collegiate environment for all of our research students. We offer a range of services, courses and skills development opportunities for research students.

The College of Arts is home to a vibrant and diverse community of students enrolled on taught masters and research programmes within a stimulating intellectual and cultural environment. Across every school and subject area the college is home to world-leading and agenda-setting research.

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You will also be part of the wider Scottish Graduate School for Arts and Humanities, the world's first national graduate school in the Arts & Humanities. Membership includes 16 Scottish universities, four art schools & the national conservatoire, with support from the arts, culture, creative & heritage sectors. 

Resources

Research is underpinned by several regular seminar series: the Theology and Religious Research seminar, the Literature and Theology seminar, and the Theology and Biblical Studies seminar. The sense of community is greatly enhanced by the activities of the Glasgow University Theology and Religious Studies Student Society (GUTRSSS) who organise regular social activities and host a weekly coffee morning for staff and students.

Related links

Scottish Graduate School for Arts & Humanities

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