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Theology & Religious Studies Research MPhil/PhD



  • REF rankings 2014: The Department ranked 3rd in the country according to the ‘power’ metric, which takes into account both the quality and quantity of research activity, and received an outstanding score for the impact of its research. Overall, 76% of the Department’s research was rated 3* or 4* - indicating internationally excellent and world-leading quality – in the REF, which assesses the quality of research taking place between 2008 and 2013 in UK higher education institutions.

  • Current number of academic staff: 28

  • Current number of research students: 120

  • Recent publications:

    • A History of Saudi Arabia.

    • The Stars Will Fall From Heaven: Cosmic Catastrophe in the New Testament and its World.

    • The Command of Grace: A New Theological Apologeticsl. 

    • Imitating Jesus: An Inclusive Approach to New Testament Ethics.

    • Language in the Diaspora: The Secularization of Hebrew in the Eighteenth Century.

  • Current research projects:

    • The Historical and Contemporary Impact of St Paul. 

    • Transformation Theology

    • The Visibility of the Church: Christan Ministry and Leadership 

    • Apophatic Theology.

  • Partner organisations: London School of Jewish Studies & Leo Baeck College, and the National Gallery.

Key information

Duration Expected to be: MPhil two years FT, four years PT; PhD three years FT, four-six years PT. September to September, January to January or April to April.

Study mode Full-time,Part-time

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Faculty of Arts & Humanities

Department Department of Theology and Religious Studies


Entry requirements

Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.

Students who wish to read for a research degree should normally have obtained (a) an MA or, in exceptional circumstances, a first class or good upper second class honours degree at a British university, or (b) an equivalent qualification. In both cases, their previous studies should normally have included a dissertation, or equivalent, demonstrating ability to present the result of independent study and research.

Application procedure

You are encouraged to contact a potential supervisor before applying to discuss your proposed research project (see Staff and Groups section). Admission to our research programmes will initially be for the MPhil/PhD but we expect students to transfer to the PhD after an appropriate period, by agreement with their supervisor and the Departmental Postgraduate and Research Committee.

Personal statement and supporting information

Please provide a research proposal of between one paragraph and two sides of A4 paper in length.

Course intake

No set number.

Application closing date

There is no specific deadline for applications. Applications will be considered subject to the availability of places, thus we encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible. Please note funding applications may be subject to specific deadlines.


Course detail


The lively research-orientated atmosphere of our department offers a stimulating environment for graduate research.

The department represents a broad range of overlapping research areas. Students can pursue traditional areas of study through Theology (Systematics; Philosophical Theology; Patristics and Medieval Theology; History of Christianity in the reformation and modern period; Biblical Theology, Ethics, Business Ethics, and Christianity and the Arts) and Biblical Studies (literary, ideological and theological approaches to the Hebrew Bible; Second Temple Judaism, gender and the Dead Sea Scrolls; New Testament studies, including biography, genre, environment and ethics). Central to our department too is the social scientific study of religion (anthropology, sociology, history and politics), together with philosophy of religion, the world of Jews in modern Europe, contemporary Islamic thought, and Chinese religions. Staff are engaged in research and publishing at the cutting edge of their areas, and several are involved in editing leading academic journals and monograph series.

Students pursue their research by working with a supervisor, and the department's graduate seminars and day conferences offer excellent opportunities for interaction with other staff and students, including the chance to try out research papers on a friendly audience. We pride ourselves on the quality of our research training at every level.

Course study environment

You work with a supervisor, and our graduate seminars and day conferences offer excellent opportunities for interaction with other staff and students, and the chance to try out research papers in a friendly atmosphere.

Postgraduate training

Within the department you will have the opportunity to take part in the Biblical studies seminars, the research seminars in Social Scientific Study of Religion, and the Research Institute in Systematic Theology seminar programme of lectures, colloquia and seminars.

Head of group/division

Professor Paul Janz

Contact for information

Postgraduate Admissions, Admissions Office tel: +44 (0) 20 7848 1649 fax: +44 (0) 20 7848 7200

Contact email

Course website

Career prospects

Career destinations

Teaching; journalism; careers in the church - one of our famous alumni is, of course, Desmond Tutu.


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Fees and funding

One scholarship awarded two out of every three years by the King's Theological Trust to a student from a country where the opportunity to pursue a theology degree is not normally available and for whom sources of finance are not available. The student must already have been accepted to study in the department and, if awarded, the scholarship is for the duration of full time study of a research degree, subject to satisfactory progression. The Trust additionally makes a number of minor grants to students. Two Walton Scholarships (approximately £4,500 each year), normally awarded to one full time MA student and one full time research. Otherwise AHRC, Graduate School and School of Arts & Humanities scholarships and bursaries, self-funded. For further information, please see our postgraduate funding page:

Full time tuition fees - Home/EU
£4,600 (2016)

Full time tuition fees - Overseas 
£17,000 (2016)

Part time tuition fees - Home/EU
£2,300 (2016)

Part time tuition fees - Overseas
£8,500 (2016)

Please visit our web pages on fees and funding for more information.


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