Postgraduate study

Critical Religion staff at the University of Stirling warmly welcome enquiries about postgraduate study, either at Masters or at PhD level.


Our Masters degrees combine an element of classroom-based teaching, as well as dedicated research time leading to a dissertation.  We do not offer a specific Critical Religion Masters degree because a primary objective of the Critical Religion project is to further interdisciplinarity.  The programme that we use for Masters level study is the MRes in Humanities, which allows considerable flexibility in direction of study, including the incorporation of key elements of Critical Religion-related thinking.

If you are interested in pursuing the MRes in Humanities, please contact Andrew Hass, our Postgraduate Director, in the first instance.


We also offer the opportunity to pursue PhD study, and indeed, all of our full-time staff are involved in supervising a range of students.

In UK universities, PhD study is solely research-based: you will be expected to develop a proposal for a research project in conjunction with your future supervisor(s), and then, under supervision, work towards completing a thesis over the course of 3 years of full-time/6 years of part-time study. Whilst there are specific milestones that need to be achieved in the course of the programme of study, there are no obligatory intermediate examinations or courses. PhD students are welcome to attend relevant undergraduate or Masters classes across the university by prior arrangement with the lecturers concerned.

We hope you will consider coming to study with us – you will be joining an exciting and creative team of scholars – staff and other postgraduates – and there is considerable scope for developing interests in various fields of study. We have good links to other departments in the university, and are keen to foster interdisciplinary study whenever possible.

To initiate the process of applying for a PhD, we suggest that you begin by using one of these three approaches:

  1. read the staff profiles on this website to identify potential supervisors; you can then contact them directly using the contact form on each page and thereby initiate a dialogue about your proposed topic;
  2. enter keywords in the search field or use the tag cloud to the right of the screen and see who has written blog entries that most closely correspond with your own interests – these individuals would then be good people to contact;
  3. if you are unsure who might be the most appropriate member of staff to be in touch with, write to Andrew Hass, who will direct your enquiry to the right person.

Regarding finances: there are some financing opportunities available depending on the field of study – again, contact Andrew Hass in the first instance. We are hoping to offer competitive bursaries for several PhDs for study from autumn 2013. Details will be made available on this website, and information will be released on our mailing list, on Twitter, and on Facebook – do sign up in order to be kept informed of funding opportunities as they arise.

We look forward to hearing from you.


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