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Contemporary religion in historical perspective

Studying contemporary religions and spiritualities with The Open University

The Research Studies discipline at the OU has considerable and internationally recognised expertise in two key areas:

  • Religious history, particularly pertaining to the 19th and 20th centuries and Protestant evangelicalism in the UK and elsewhere. Current research includes work on religion and global uncertainties.
  • Lived, improvised and vernacular forms of religion and spirituality. Current research includes work on indigenous and vernacular traditions in Europe and beyond. 

We welcome applications in areas that correspond with current staff research interests. We look for detailed and well thought-out proposals, which set out specific research questions and outline the originality of your topic or approach. We encourage you to discuss your ideas informally before submitting an application; to do so please contact us (details below).

Qualifications available: or MPhil


For detailed information on current fees visit Fees and funding.

Entry requirements:

Minimum 2:1 (or equivalent)

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.