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Sheffield Institute of Interdisciplinary Biblical Studies - PhD Programmes

  Faculty of Arts and Humanities

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About the Programme

The University is in the top ten UK research-intensive universities (latest Research Assessment Exercise). Our academics produce world class and internationally recognised research and the University takes pride in its research-led critical thinking that aims to make an impact in the world.

Central to this is our large body of postgraduate research students of over 2000 across our departments and more than 240 in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities.

Our Doctoral Academy at Sheffield offers postgraduate researchers personalised skills training opportunities, expert careers advice and the opportunity to become part of an inspiring, collaborative group of researchers from across the disciplines.

The Faculty of Arts and Humanities

The Faculty is ranked 54th in the QS World Rankings 2015 and is recognised for our world class research, our diverse range of research centres and our highly employable postgraduates. We explore, share and recreate expressions of the human experience and are known for our interdisciplinary and diverse approaches, our extensive public engagement and collaborative work, and our innovations in the digital humanities.

Our track record for research excellence attracts students from across the world to pursue original research and contribute to the advancement of our knowledge and understanding of the world, its past and present, and its many and varied cultures.

Our research students are members of a vibrant and supportive postgraduate research community where there are opportunities to present and participate in research seminars, attend interdisciplinary conferences and access a range of opportunities to help you get the best out of your research and develop professionally.

The Sheffield Institute for Interdisciplinary Biblical Studies (SIIBS)

SIIBS is a leading institute for the secular and multi-disciplinary academic study of the Bible and research into how the text influences Western culture. Our research has been ranked in the top three in the UK and is recognised for its breadth and diversity, spanning ancient and contemporary issues from biblical languages, politics and philosophy to forced migration, popular culture and gender studies.

Our academics work across the University and with partners from across the globe to ensure that our research is truly interdisciplinary and engages with real-world concerns. The Institute offers a unique, innovative and exciting approach to Interdisciplinary Biblical Studies providing a stimulating and supportive environment for a wealth of research opportunities.

All our staff are actively involved in research projects and activities and we can offer research supervision across a wide range of subjects, including:
• Religion, Conflict and Violence
• Biblical and Quranic Studies
• The New Testament and its Greco-Roman background
• Contemporary Religiosity
• Gender Studies
• Contextual Biblical Studies
• Social Memory
• Disputed Paulines
• Bible and the Arts
• Philosophy of Religion/ Philosophical Engagement with Biblical Texts
• The Bible and Literature
• Embodied Religion
• Bible and Contemporary Popular Culture
• Religious and Biblical Literacy

For a full list of areas of supervision, please see the SIIBS website:

Funding Opportunities
Postgraduates in SIIBS attract funding from a range of sources including fully funded studentships.For potential funding opportunities visit:

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Funding Notes

Some or all of the PhD opportunities in this programme have funding attached. Applications for this programme are welcome from suitably qualified candidates worldwide. Funding may only be available to a limited set of nationalities and you should read the full programme details for further information.
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