Research supervision is offered by academic staff with interests in physics, cosmology and faith; reduction and emergence; consciousness and the soul; evolutionary biology, human uniqueness, and the 'image of God'; the laws of nature and the idea of 'ultimate reality'; science and the doctrine of creation; miracles and science; the Bible and science; science and religion in literature and the arts; ecology, ethics and theology.
As a student of the Science and Religion programme offered by The University of Edinburgh, you will make use of the methods of historical study, philosophy, theology, and literary studies to assess state-of-the-art scientific research alongside well-established areas of debate.
You are encouraged to contact a potential supervisor to discuss your research project before making a formal application.
At the School of Divinity you will join a community of around 150 research students, drawn from around the world, and from a variety of religious and non-religious backgrounds.
You will study in a stimulating environment. The Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 ranked the School’s research environment at 100% world-leading / internationally excellent, second in the UK on this front in theology and religion. This outstanding result reflects the vibrancy of the School’s research culture.
Master of Philosophy (MPhil)
Studying for an MPhil commits you to at least two years’ full-time study and to writing a thesis of up to 50,000 words. You will have regular one-to-one supervision and work with advice from two supervisors.
During the first year you explore your chosen area of research and refine your research proposal. At around the nine-month mark, you will submit a draft chapter for discussion at a Review Board, together with a developed proposal for the whole thesis.
On the basis of your progress and the prospects for your research, the Review Board will make recommendations on the continuation of your studies into the second year.
- At the start of the academic year, you will be invited to Welcome Week, an intensive introduction to study and life in Edinburgh. Some events are especially for international students new to Scotland and the UK, but everything is open to all.
- In the first weeks, the School provides a general orientation to research skills and to wider opportunities for training and support.
- From your first days as a PhD or MPhil student, you will work one-to-one with your primary research supervisor.
- Your progress will be tracked, through regular supervisions and milestone reviews, to ensure that you get the support you need to bring your project to fruition.
- You will be part of the research seminar in Theology and Ethics, to which visiting speakers are invited and to which postgraduates present work-in-progress.
- 24 months
Start dates & application deadlines
- Apply before
DisciplinesReligious Studies & Theology Natural Sciences View 151 other Masters in Religious Studies & Theology in United Kingdom
- Masters by Research and MPhil: A UK 2:1 honours degree with a mark of at least 65%, or its international equivalent, in a relevant subject. You should also have academic training in the area of your research project.
International23350 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 23350 GBP per year during 24 months.
Living costs for Edinburgh
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