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MPhil Theology & Religious Studies Research

 Course Level
Masters / PG
 Type
Full Time

 Duration
2 Years
 Start month
September

 Tuition fee

International
17000 GBP
National
4600 GBP
EU
4600 GBP

Application fee

International 0 GBP
National 0 GBP
Department
Department of Theology and Religious Studies
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)7
TOEFL-IBT (min)100
27

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About this course

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:

  • A History of Saudi Arabia.
  • The Stars Will Fall From Heaven: Cosmic Catastrophe in the New Testament and its World.
  • The Command of Grace: A New Theological Apologeticsl. 
  • Imitating Jesus: An Inclusive Approach to New Testament Ethics.
  • Language in the Diaspora: The Secularization of Hebrew in the Eighteenth Century.
  • Current research projects:
  • The Historical and Contemporary Impact of St Paul. 
  • Transformation Theology
  • The Visibility of the Church: Christan Ministry and Leadership 
  • Apophatic Theology.

Partner organisations: London School of Jewish Studies & Leo Baeck College, and the National Gallery.

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Eligibility Criteria

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.

English language requirement:

  • IELTS: 7.0
  • TOEFL-IBT: 100

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Course Modules

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

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How to Apply

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 deadline for applications is detailed below for 2016 and 2017 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.

April 2016 entry - Application deadline will be on the 19th February 2016 for UK/EU and international students.

September 2016 entry - Application deadline will be on the 29th July 2016 for international students and 2nd September 2016 for UK/EU students.

January 2017 entry - Application deadline will be on the 31st October 2016 for international students and 2nd December 2016 for UK/EU students.

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