Our research degrees (MTh and PhD) are validated by the University of Aberdeen. Research students read on their own research topic and work closely with their two supervisors, who have expertise in their subject area, to define research and write a thesis. Students also attend an annual conference at the end of the academic year (June) and if resident in Bristol attend regular research seminars. We work closely with our partner Trinity College, Bristol, and supervision is shared across the Joint Faculty. Please click here for details on our Research Supervisors and their areas of interest.
Normally, the minimum entrance requirement for admission is a degree with Second Class Honours (Upper Division) in an appropriate field, or its equivalent. It is preferable that you hold a Masters in the chosen area of study as well.
The RAC (Research Application Committee) committee meets three times a year; mid Oct, Feb, and May to consider applications from potential research students. All applications are considered in detail at our RAC.
PhD (100 000 words incl. footnotes): 3years FT, 6 years PT
MTh (40 000 words), 1 year FT, 2 years PT
(MTH students have the option to upgrade to PhD).
We have an annual PGR conference that all our PGR students are expected to attend and present a short paper. This takes place from 28th – 30th June 2017. The costs is around £40 per day (incl. 3 meals a day) for residential students, or £20 per day (incl. lunch and dinner only) if you wish to arrange your own accommodation.
This year the conference speaker will be Professor Walter Moberly of the University of Durham. Professor Moberly is an Old Testament scholar by trade, but he has written extensively in dialogue with all the theological disciplines, including, for instance, in one of his most recent books: Old Testament Theology: Reading the Hebrew Bible as Christian Scripture.
Non EEA students who wish to come to Bristol to study full-time and reside in the UK can be sponsored under a Tier 4 (General) visa. We are a privately funded sponsor (listed body) which means that students registered with us who wish to reside in the UK during their studies cannot bring their families/dependants for the period of their research. For more information, please do have a look at https://www.gov.uk/tier-4-general-visa. If you wish to stay in your own country whilst registered as a full-time research student with us, please contact us for further details. Part-time students cannot apply for a Tier 4 (General) visa, so will have to live in their home country whilst conducting their research.
English as a second language:
Potential students who have not already completed a degree through the medium of English need to demonstrate that their language levels are at IELTS level 7.
The current fees are:
Full-time MTh (1 year); PhD (3-4 years) UK and EU students £6450
Non-EU students £14250
Part-time students are charged pro-rata.
We are glad this year to be able to grant all non EU students to whom the RAC agrees to offer a place a bursary of £4,800 against the full-time tuition fee and £775 against the part-time fee. This level of bursary will remain in place throughout the student’s period of study.
For a full application, we need:
– 2 Academic references: we must have a hard copy with the referee’s signature on the flap of the envelope where you tear.
– Filled in application form
Two sides of A4 required, setting out what you want to write about, -incl. a bibliography.
– Example of your writing (eg essay).
– Original Transcripts
– Original degree certificates or diplomas of university studies you may have completed.
– Personal statement (500 – 2000 words)
– if you are applying for part-time study, we require a letter from your employer confirming that they know the time and effort it will take to be involved in the programme and that they will support you.
– Evidence of language ability if English is not you first language.
– Evidence of how you plan to fund your studies.
Feel free to contact Dr Peter Hatton at the college at an early stage with an outline of your intentions regarding your subject of interest firstname.lastname@example.org