Postgraduate Opportunities in Theology and Religion

This online chat event is designed to inform prospective postgraduate students, applicants and offer-holders about the postgraduate opportunities available the Department of Theology and Religion and how to prepare for your course:

The Department of Theology and Religion combines internationally established strength in teaching and research with initiatives in new fields of study. The Department of Theology and Religion has an outstanding international reputation in the study of all types of religion in the contemporary world, including inter-cultural theology, textual studies, pentecostal and charismatic studies, inter-religious relations, Islamic studies and Quaker studies.

Dr Deryn Guest (Senior Lecturer in Biblical Hermeneutics) and Richard Swain (part of the Postgraduate Recruitment Team at the College of Arts and Law) are available from 15:00-16:00 to answer any questions you might have about the courses and studying in the department.

A number of our postgraduate mentors have studied in the department of Theology and Religion. You are welcome to ask them any questions you have about what it’s like to work in the Department through our online platform.

More information about postgraduate study in Theology and Religion

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Speaker profiles

  • Deryn Guest

    Deryn is a Senior Lecturer in Biblical Hermeneutics and Admissions Tutor for MA/MRes and PhD Theology and Religion. (Live Q&A 15:00-16:00)

  • Richard Swain

    Richard is part of the Postgraduate Recruitment Team for the College of Arts and Law. (Live Q&A 15:00-16:00)

Q&A Archive

These were the questions asked during the Postgraduate Opportunities in Theology and Religion live event.

We’ve come to the end of our Q&A session today. Thank you very much to everyone who took part – I hope we managed to be of assistance and provide the information that you were looking for.

We will hold many more of these online chat events over the coming months so please check now and again to see what we’ve got lined up for the future. If you’d like to visit our campus (in real life!), our next Postgraduate Open Day will take place on Saturday 23 November 2019. We also run bespoke campus tours throughout term time and Cafés at which you can meet current students.

Deryn Guest asked:

I am interested in studying pilgrimage as spiritual formation. Is that a research topic that fits within the subjects your PhD programme covers?

Deryn Guest replied:

Hi, it is possible that this would be a research topic for which we could provide a supervision team, but a more detailed research proposal would be helpful. Are you thinking of pilgrimage within a particular faith, for instance?  I suggest you put  a proposal together, following the advice provided on this page, email it to me and I will circulate to staff in our department.

Deryn Guest asked:

Hello! I was wondering if there are any faculty that work within the field of aesthetics and philosophy of religion? Somewhere along the lines of Christian Aesthetics. Thank you!

Deryn Guest replied:

Hi, there isn’t a member of staff who immediately springs to mind. However, you could peruse the staff pages of the Philosophy and Theology departments in order to read about each individual’s research and supervision interests. It can be found here:  In the meantime, if you put together a research proposal and emailed it to me at I could circulate it to staff to see if it fell within anyone’s interests.

Deryn Guest asked:

Good morning, I’m interested in studying a topic that falls under Practical Theology. I am considering both your PhD and DPT programs. I am attracted to your research preparation opportunity in the DPT program that was mentioned in your accompanying video. Is their research training offered in the PhD program? Also is it possible to enroll in the DPT program fulltime or is it only offered part-time? Thank you

Deryn Guest replied:

Hello. Yes, we do have research training for students on the PhD programme. There is a face-to-face course on research methods that you can drop into and we also have short online research training for things like ethics, fieldwork, managing your work and so forth. It is possible to undertake the DPT on a full-time basis but as most students do this programme alongside their career, it is usually undertake part-time.

Dertb asked:

I have a 2:1 in BSc Accounting and Finance but I have no previous accredited theological study as such, under my belt. However I have been involved with praise and worship within a Pentecostal church for the last 10 years and i would love to study MA Pentecostal and Charismatic Studies. Would i still be allowed to do this course?

Deryn Guest replied:

Hi, we would would usually like students to have an undergraduate degree in a strongly related field but we can take into account your practical experience. You would be able to apply for the taught MA programme and then use this as a launch pad to a research degree should you wish to go further.