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Theology and Religion - Postgraduate Research Opportunities

  • Funded PhD Programme (Students Worldwide)
    Funded PhD Programme (Students Worldwide)

Profile Description

At Birmingham we offer promising candidates the opportunity to carry out research in one of the UK's largest and most diverse Departments of Theology and Religion.

We offer subject specialisms in Biblical studies, Christian theology, Islamic studies, Jewish and Holocaust studies, Pentecostal and Charismatic studies, Quaker Studies and Religion and society. 

The research interests of staff include:

  1. Christianity and Asian religions
  2. Sikh studies
  3. Hindu studies
  4. The Bible and culture; Pentecostal and Evangelical approaches to the Bible; literary criticisms; Old Testament (especially the prophetic books)
  5. Biblical Hermeneutics (with a special interest in feminist, queer and trans engagements with the Bible and Theology)
  6. Hebrew Bible, Second Temple Judaism, Dead Sea Scrolls
  7. Early Christian texts; Biblical quotations in Christian authors
  8. New Testament textual criticism; early Christian Greek texts; manuscript studies and palaeography.
  9. Historical Jesus; ethical and cultural Biblical interpretation; sociological and spatial-critical approaches to the NT
  10. Contemporary and alternative spiritualities, Islam in Britain, Contemporary Sufism, cyber religion
  11. Modern and Contemporary Islamic thought
  12. Sikh Studies, Ethnic Minorities, Religion and Law
  13. Religion and ethics, practical theology contemporary religion and spirituality
  14. Sociology/anthropology of religion; churches in modern Britain; Christian worship
  15. Jewish and Holocaust studies
  16. History of Pentecostal mission and intercultural theology.
  17. Practical and empirical theology.
  18. Theology and the arts; theology of religions.
  19. Intercultural theology and Pentecostalism; the Bible and contemporary culture.
  20. Practical theology and ethics.
  21. Jewish and Holocaust Studies.
  22. Contemporary Muslim society and politics; Muslim women.
  23. Muslims in Europe; contemporary Sufism.
  24. Islamic philosophy; history of Christian–Muslim relations.
  25. The Dead Sea Scrolls and the Hebrew Bible.
  26. Holocaust studies, contemporary Christian-Jewish relations.
  27. Theology and the arts; theology of religions.
  28. Practical theology and ethics.
  29. Jewish and Christian (post-)Holocaust theologies.
  30. History and development of the Pentecostal and Charismatic movement; Pentecostal theology in international and inter-cultural contexts.
  31. Pentecostal biblical interpretation; Pentecostalism and culture; Pentecostal/Charismatic music and worship.
  32. Philosophy of religion, contemporary theology, religion and the arts
  33. Philosophy of religion, philosophy of mind, applied ethics
  34. Hindu Studies
  35. Christian-Muslim relations, Islamic philosophy
  36. Global ethics, virtue ethics, bioethics
  37. Present-day Quakerism; sociology of religion

Funding Notes

There are a limited number of funding opportunities with the College of Arts and Law, however, competition for these scholarships is fierce and only those with the highest credentials are likely to be successful. Find out more (link)

Enquiries from self-funded students are also welcome.

Please note, funding applications for College scholarships will re-open early in the 2017-2018 academic year.

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.

How good is research at University of Birmingham in Theology and Religious Studies?

FTE Category A staff submitted: 9.00

Research output data provided by the Research Excellence Framework (REF)

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