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Philosophy and Religion PhD/MPhil


Course facts

  • Name: Philosophy and Religion
  • Qualification: PhD/MPhil
  • Duration: PhD: 3 years full time, 6 years part-time; MPhil: 2 years full-time, 4 years part-time

The MPhil is awarded for a dissertation of not more than 60,000 words, and the PhD for a dissertation normally of not more than 100,000 words.

Research areas

The School offers supervision in the following areas of specialism:

  • Philosophy of Religion
  • Meta ethics and Normative ethics
  • Meta philosophy
  • Problem of Evil
  • Aesthetics
  • Islamic studies
  • Fundamentalism
  • Psychoanalytic studies
  • Jungian studies
  • Sociology of Religion
  • Nietzsche
  • Wittgenstein
  • Freud

To apply, send a research proposal of no less than 500 words, accompanied by a proposed bibliography and personal statement outlining your relevant experience (training and research) in your chosen field. To find out more about staff specialisms and supervision in the school, consult the Staff pages.

Course content is for guidance purposes only and may be subject to change.

Entry Requirements

We would normally expect students starting a PhD or MPhil to hold a first class or a good second-class degree. In many cases PhD applicants have studied to MA level, though this is not compulsory. We accept students on a distance-learning basis, but they should have access to an academic library for easy access of research materials to consult in addition to the online facilities available through Bangor University library.

Students whose first language is not English are expected to have achieved an IELTS score of 7.0 with no element below 6.5.

International Students

For information and further detailed guidance on entry requirements for International Students, including the minimum English Language entry requirement, please visit the Entry Requirements by Country pages on the International Education Centre section of our website.

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Careers and Employability

The programme prepares students for a career in higher education, as well as in publishing, journalism, management, arts administration, and a range of related careers.

Research / Links with Industry


Supervisors are renowned in their field and are members of international editorial boards, and various academic boards related to their fields of expertise.

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