PhD degrees in SIIBS

Our Institute is home to a thriving graduate research community, with students investigating a diverse array of topics in the field of religion, theology and the Bible.

Areas of supervision:

All our staff are actively involved in research projects and activities, and we can offer research supervision across a wide range of subjects including:

  • Biblical literacy   
  • Reception histories of biblical texts
  • Postcolonial readings and contexts  
  • Cultural studies (representations of biblical narratives in the visual arts, film, television and advertising) 
  • Religion, conflict and the media
  • Sociological, literary and political approaches to biblical texts

Find a supervisory match for you by looking at our members and our research.

MPhil or PhD?


Typical duration:

  • Full-time: two years

You’ll complete a 40,000 word thesis on a research topic of your choice and attend an oral exam.


Typical duration:

  • Full-time: three years
  • Part-time: six years

You’ll complete a 75,000 word thesis on a research topic of your choice and attend a viva meeting.


Entry requirements

You should have a Masters degree with Merit in a relevant subject area, including a grade of 65 or higher for the dissertation element.

If your first language is not English you will need to provide evidence of your English language proficiency. We require overall IELTS grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.

Further information about acceptable English language qualifications can be found here

Faculty Graduate School

You'll become part of the Graduate School in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities. The Faculty supports a range of training and development opportunities, fosters interdiscipinary research and can help you nurture interests in academic writing, public engagement and research skills.