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Postgraduate Research Programme - PhD and MPhil

If you're looking for in-depth study of contextual theology in an academically rigorous way, a PhD could be for you.

About Our Research Programmes

The postgraduate research programmes in Contextual Theology followed by our current students are validated by the University of Manchester. Though research study inevitably involves many hours of study alone, we create many opportunities for those on our programmes to come together for support and encouragement. There is opportunity to discuss and present research findings, to share best practice, and to develop the skills needed for intensive research. These are rich occasions of community and friendship, as well as enabling new learning to take place.  

We are in the process of transferring validation of our postgraduate research programmes and hope that the new arrangements will be finalised before long. Further information will be made available as soon as possible, and please contact Registry in you need to know more.

Entry Requirements

It is normally expected that those studying on our research programmes will have:

  • A Bachelors (Honours) degree at 2:1 level or above (or its international equivalent) in a related subject; and
  • A UK Master's degree with an overall average of 65% or higher, with a minimum of 65% in the dissertation and with no mark below 55% (or its international equivalent) in Religions and Theology or a related subject.

Any strong, relevant work experience will be considered on a case-by-case basis. A high standard of written and spoken English is required.

There is much more detailed information available on the Applications Process page, where you can find further guidance.

Subject Areas for Research

We offer research opportunities in all areas of contextual theology and ministry, including, but not limited to:

  • worship
  • ministry and church leadership
  • congregational studies
  • mission and multi-faith engagement
  • urban, political and social theologies, including liberation theologies and postmodern theologies
  • biblical studies and biblical languages
  • pastoral theology and pastoral ministry
  • local and global church history, theology and governance

Supervision and Academic Support

All our research students are allocated a supervisory team comprised of a main supervisor with significant previous supervisory experience, plus one or more co-supervisors with specialist subject knowledge in the student’s field of interest. If you are on our research programmes, you can expect regular on-going individual supervision support, and you will be expected to attend our research training days three times a year. The University of Manchester also offers its own programme of research training events which are available to our postgraduate research students.

Our Virtual Learning Site, Moodle, provides you with key information, documents and resources related to your research programmes. As well as having access to our own library and learning resources, students enrolled on our postgraduate research programme also have full access to resources in the University of Manchester Library.

Study Options

Our current research programmes can be studied part-time or full-time. MPhil students have 1 year to complete their studies on a full-time basis, or 2 years on a part-time basis; PhD students have 3 years to complete their studies on a full-time basis, or 6 years on a part-time basis. In certain circumstances, with the agreement of their supervisors, students may submit their thesis early or may apply for an additional year in which to write up their research.

If you're ready to apply now, head over to our Application Process page where you can download the application form and find out more about your next steps.



Fran, Current PhD student

"Studying for a PhD at LKC is great! I have been supported to become a researcher and challenged to think more deeply about my own ideas and assumptions. I am loving the journey."