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Religious Studies

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The Religious Studies discipline at the OU is committed to the non-confessional study of religion, developing analysis of historical and contemporary religions through the application of critical, historical and sociological methods. Our 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) result placed us high among religious studies departments nationally and recognised the international significance of our research. Our expertise in a wide range of research methods and approaches to religions provides an invaluable context for postgraduate research about contemporary religion in historical perspective and vice versa. Our leadership in important scholarly associations, conferences and publications places us at the forefront of the discipline internationally and greatly benefits our research students.

Key facts

  • 54 per cent of our research output was rated 3* and 4* (2014 Research Excellence Framework)
  • Our research environment was awarded 3* (2014 REF)
  • We currently has nine full- and part-time research students
  • Staff and students attend regular research events
  • The Arts and Humanities Research Council Consortium of the Humanities and the Arts South-East England (AHRC CHASE) offers studentships for doctoral research in the discipline

Further information

If you have an enquiry specific to this research area please contact:

Professor Graham Harvey
+44 (0)1908 652032

For general enquiries please contact the Research Degrees Team via the link under 'Your Questions' on the right of the page.