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Postgraduate Research

The Religious Studies Department is pleased to announce Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) funding through the Consortium for Humanities and the Arts, South-East England (CHASE). CHASE is matching AHRC funding of 17m and will be awarding more than 375 AHRC-studentships over a five-year period starting in 2014/15.

Find out more about applying to our PhD programme.

CHASE AHRC studentships are available to UK and EU residents at The Open University in the Faculty’s subject areas including Religious Studies. Awards for UK residents include fees and maintenance while EU residents are eligible for fees only.

The research interests of members of the Department can be found on their websites, available via the staff link.

For advice on applying contact the Research Degrees Team at +44 (0)1908 654882 or

If you are interested in postgraduate study in religious studies the Research Degree Prospectus and application forms are available online from the Research School website. Further information about full-time or part-time study and the Department's fields of interest and expertise is available from the same site.

Enquiries about postgraduate study within the Religious Studies Department may be sent to

Postgraduate stories

Follow this link to read about some of our recent PhD graduates' experiences.

Current and recently completed postgraduate research topics includes

  • The Bridging of the Protestant-Catholic Divide on Prince Edward Island.

  • Street Children and Philanthropy in the Second Half of the 19th Century.
  • Control and Influence in Urban Society: the Thoughts and Actions of the Church of England, in Relation to Masculinity and Militarism, with Special Reference to the East End of London 1890-1914.
  • Embodied Consciousness and Pagan Ethics.
  • The Deaconess Movement in the Church of Scotland c1874-c1948.
  • Is Western Society Really Disenchanted? A Critical Examination of the Works of Alan Garner and his Reception Among Contemporary Pagans.
  • The Rise of the Anglican Evangelicalism in London in the late 18th and early 19th centuries.
  • Idolatry: Testing the Limits of Materiality.
  • Who are Church Schools For? Towards an Ecclesiology for Church of England Voluntary Aided Secondary Schools.
  • Girls' Friendly Society, 1875-1900.


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