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Philosophy, Theology and Religion PhD/MA by Research programme

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The School is home to a dynamic and friendly community of staff and students, pursuing original research on a wide range of topics within Philosophy, Global Ethics and Theology and Religion.

Our Philosophy department has a growing international reputation as a centre of excellence for research in analytic philosophy. We host regular research seminars, international conferences, and have an expanding Postgraduate Research Programme.

The main areas of research in the Department of Philosophy are as follows:

  • Philosophy of Language
  • Metaphysics, Philosophy of Mind and Philosophy of Religion
  • Ethics
  • Philosophy of Health and Happiness


Global Ethics
Founded in 2001, the Centre for the Study of Global Ethics was the first of its kind in the UK. It was set up to address the practical and theoretical issues raised by globalisation. This research centre leads and contributes to a wide variety of cutting edge projects and its work has addressed such issues as indigenous knowledge, women's rights, genetic ethics and development and trafficking. In the future, projects in business and human rights, international public health, and aspects of military practice will be undertaken.
Our research interests cover a wide variety of topics, in which we welcome postgraduate research applications, including:

  • Ethics and global public health
  • Ethics, war and terror
  • Poverty and financial exclusion
  • Ethics of borders and immigration


Theology and Religion
Our Department of Theology and Religion plays a world-leading role in areas of research such as: textual scholarship; postcolonial theory; Christian-Muslim relations; and World Christianity. Our students come from more than 20 countries and many of our academic staff are recognised leaders in their disciplines. We have come near the top in recent Research Assessment Exercises and have more postgraduate students than any other British university. Whatever your interests in religion and theology, it is likely that we share them amidst a diverse and friendly staff/student community.

We focus on four major research areas and welcome research applications in any of them:

  • Biblical Studies
  • Religious Studies 
  • Philsophy of Religion
  • Texts
  • Pentecostal and Charismatic Studies



All our Postgraduates become members of the College of Arts and Law Graduate School (CALGS). This is an international community, benefiting from excellent resources and an environment that allows research to flourish. Our postgraduate students each contribute to this rich and innovative research community.

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