Religious Studies at the OU is committed to the non-confessional study of religion, and the 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.
- 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 have nine full- and part-time research students.
- Staff and students attend regular research events.
- The Arts and Humanities Research Council Open-Oxford-Cambridge Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) and the Economic and Social Research Council Grand Union DTP offer studentships for doctoral research in the discipline.
- We are currently awaiting results of the 2021 REF.
Most of our full-time research students are based away from our Milton Keynes campus but are resident in the UK. For details of residence requirements for different modes of study see Full-time study and Part-time study.