Skip to main content

Theology & Religious Studies Research MPhil/PhD

Apply now

Overview

  • 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:

    • Visualising a Sacred City: London, Art and Religion.

    • London Youth, Religion and Politics: Engagement and Activism from Brixton to Brick Lane. 

    • Beauty in Sufism: The Teachings of Rūzbihān Baqlī. 

    • Nobody Owns the Moon: The Ethics of Space Exploitation.

    • A Philosophy of Tragedy.   
  • Current research projects:

    • Pre-reform Buddhist meditation practices of Sri Lanka and Southeast Asia.

    •  A Visual Commentary on Scripture

    • Identities and Beliefs in the Eastern Mediterranean (6th-8th centuries)

    • the philosophy of religious experience and desire

  • 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

Further details

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Faculty of Arts & Humanities

DepartmentDepartment of Theology and Religious Studies

Locations

 

Explore campuses


Applying for a PhD at King's

In the heart of London

Watch our video for tips and advice on applying for an Arts & Humanities PhD at King's.

Watch more videos

Course detail

Description

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 Markus Vincent, markus.vinzent@kcl.ac.uk

Contact for information

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

Contact email

https://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/pg/Admissions-contact-form.aspx

Course website

www.kcl.ac.uk/trs

Entry requirements

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

The deadlines for applications are detailed below for 2017/18 entry. Prior to these dates all applications will be given equal consideration and considered on their individual merits. After these dates applications will be considered subject to the availability of places, thus we encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible. Please note that funding deadlines may be earlier.

  • September 2017 entry - Application deadline: 20th July 2017 for Overseas students and 3rd September 2017 for Home/EU students
  • January 2018 entry - Application deadline: 29th October 2017 for Overseas students and 3rd December 2017 for Home/EU students
  • April 2018 entry - Application deadline: 18th February 2017 for Overseas/Home/EU students

Help and support

If you don't have a suitable qualification for direct entry to a UK university, or if English isn't your first language, our academic preparation courses can help you get ready for study in the UK.

Preparation courses

Fees and funding

UK/EU Tuition Fees 2017/18

Fees for UK/EU research students are linked to rates set by the Research Councils UK and for 2016/17 were on average £4,600 for full time fees and £2,300 for part time fees. The rates for students starting their research programmes in the 17/18 academic year will be set by the end of January 2017.

Current regulations allow some students to pay UK tuition fees on the basis of their EU citizenship or residency. Until these eligibility criteria are changed, the EU tuition fee will remain the same as the UK tuition fee.

These tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

International Tuition Fees 2017/18

Full time tuition fees:  £17,850 p.a.               

Part time tuition fees: £8,925 p.a.

These tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

Financial help and support

Visit the fees and funding webpages to find out more about bursaries, scholarships, grants, tuition fees, living expenses, student loans and other financial help available at King's.


Testimonials

Next steps

View our postgraduate guide

Learn more about postgraduate degree programmes at King's. Download or view our guide in PDF format.

Download guide

View online

Sound like the course for you?

Apply now

Explore King’s

AccommodationTake a look at our comfortable, safe residences to suit your budget, located close to King's teaching campuses. 
Student lifeArt, food, music, shopping – you'll never find yourself with nothing to do in the world's most vibrant city.
Extra-curricularDiscover the huge variety of extra-curricular opportunities at King’s, from MOOCs to language courses.
London livingWith four campuses by the River Thames and one in south London, King's is right in the heart of the capital.

Page last modified on 12 January 2017.