School of Divinity

Choose your research programme

You can choose from three research programmes: two Masters programmes and the PhD.

Each takes a different amount of time: the Masters by Research, full-time, takes a year; the MPhil takes two years; a PhD takes at least three. 

The demands of each are different: Masters by Research students usually write research essays and a 15,000 word dissertation; MPhil students write a thesis of up to 60,000 words; PhD students write a thesis of up to 100,000 words.

In this study area, Masters by Research can be taken either as a ‘Master of Theology’ (MTh) or as a ‘Master of Science’ (MSc) – the difference is only in the name.

More information: Types of programme.