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Research areas
Religious studies
Global challenges and religious change

Global challenges and religious change

Qualifications Duration Start dates Application period
(MPhil also available)
Full time: 3–4 years
Part time: 6–8 years
February and October January to April
PhD (MPhil also available)
Full time: 3–4 years
Part time: 6–8 years
Start dates
February and October
Application period
January to April

Religions are deeply implicated in global challenges and in processes of change in cultural, social, political, ecological and economicspheres. Whether religions are seen as driving processes of change or mediating its reception, and whether change is seen as a harbinger of religious resurgence or decline, our research interrogates religion in complex and shifting contexts including secularisation, modernity and globalisation. Similarly, the roles of religions in relation to global challenges (e.g. climate change, social justice, diversity and equity) are multiple, varied and deserve to be better understood.

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.

Entry requirements

Minimum 2:1 undergraduate degree (or equivalent). If you are not a UK citizen, you may need to prove your knowledge of English

Potential supervisors

Fees and funding

UK fee International fee
Full time: £4,596 per year Full time: £11,666 per year
Part time: £2,298 per year Part time: £5,833 per year

Some of our research students are funded via The Grand Union Doctoral Training Partnership; others are self-funded.

For detailed information about fees and funding, and to see current funded studentship vacancies across all research areas, visit Fees and studentships.


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

Professor Graham Harvey
Email: FASS-ReligiousStudies-Enquiries
Phone: +44 (0)1908 652032

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