MRes | Postgraduate Taught


Entry year
Entry requirements
2.1 Honours
1 years (Full Time)
2 years (Part Time)
Places available
  • Overview

    The overall aim of the MRes in Theology is to offer students the opportunity to work closely with a supervisor or supervisory team to produce a substantial piece of independent research in Theology, and, by way of research training and taught modules to develop wide-ranging research skills within disciplinary and interdisciplinary frameworks. In collaboration with the Graduate School, the Institute of Theology provides a module focussed on leadership skills as part of the MRes provision.

    Theology highlights

    Theology at Queen's is ranked in the top 20 of universities in the U.K. for Religious Studies and Theology (Guardian University Guide 2018).

    Student Experience

    • Students are enrolled as members of Queen's University Belfast and in addition to the modules offered by the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, and the Graduate School, teaching is normally carried out through the constituent Theological Colleges, recognised to teach Theology on behalf of the University.
    • The MRes in Theology is ideal for students who wish to build on their undergraduate work in Theology and/or Divinity for academic and professional development. It includes practical, analytical and critical research skills and project management capacities relevant to a variety of professional and intellectual contexts.
    • The Institute of Theology at Queen's co-ordinates the activities of the Religious Studies Research Forum, an interdisciplinary grouping of scholars from across the University and from the affiliated theological colleges interested in exploring themes and issues relating to religion in culture and society. It brings together researchers from fields as varied as history, philosophy, theology, literature, science and social science, fostering the sharing of ideas and collaboration on topics of recognised importance in current intellectual discourse. Open to postgraduate students as well as to academic staff, the Forum hosts international symposia and major public lectures and mounts regular series of seminars with internal and external speakers.

    EU Referendum

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  • Course content

    Course Structure

    The MRes ProgrammeThe programme comprises the following four elements: Leadership, presentation and research skills (20 CATS); two research preparation portfolio modules (2 x 20 CATS); an optional course drawn from the portfolio of modules available from within the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (20 CATS), and an extended dissertation (25,000 words; 100 CATS). Within the Institute of Theology, specialist study is available within the areas of the Old and New Testaments, Biblical Languages, Church History, Practical Theology and Systematics. Students are welcome to explore interdisciplinary projects by combining core interests in the above areas with those in the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.

    Career Prospects

    Employment after the Course
    Students on the MRes in Theology enter a variety of employment destinations which may include further and higher education, school teaching, voluntary groups, youth and social work, government, public and commercial sectors, and counselling.

    Professional Opportunities
    Queen's postgraduates reap exceptional benefits. Unique initiatives, run in collaboration with the Graduate School, bolster our commitment to employability, while innovative leadership and executive programmes alongside sterling integration with business experts helps our students gain key leadership positions both nationally and internationally.

    Learning and Teaching

    Learning and Teaching

    Independent Study

    in addition to tutorial and seminar sessions required for their chosen modules, students will also spend a large proportion of their time on independent directed study, guided by their supervisor or supervisory team.

    Teaching Methods

    Student time will be spent in tutorials, seminars, individual supervision sessions, and private study. Group presentation and workshop activities will form part of the teaching environment.



    Students will complete the assessments for (i) the Leadership, presentation and research skills module and (ii) each research preparation portfolio and taught module. The most substantial element of the programme is submission of an extended dissertation (25,000 words).

  • Entry Requirements

    Entrance requirements

    A 2.1 Honours degree or above or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University where Theology and/or Divinity is normally the main subject area OR where it is one of the joint subjects in an Honours degree. In the case of the latter, the modules in Theology and/or Divinity must be of 2.1 level or above, OR a 2.1 Honours degree or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University in a subject other than Theology/Divinity along with a Graduate Diploma in Theology with normally at least 5 out of the 6 modules with a mark of 60% or above.

    Candidates are required to complete an MRes research proposal of 750 words for consideration by the Theology Education and Postgraduate Committee at point of application. The purpose of the MRes research proposal is for the applicant to provide the Institute with information on the envisaged project in terms of the content and orientation of the work, and its methodology. When the proposal is submitted, it is scrutinised by members of The Theology Education and Postgraduate Committee, to consider the feasibility of the work, and availability of suitable supervisors.

    Please note: Students are enrolled as members of Queen's University Belfast, but teaching is normally carried out through the constituent Theological Colleges.

    International Students

    For information on international qualification equivalents, please check the specific information for your country.

    English Language Requirements

    Evidence of an IELTS* score of 6.5, with not less than 5.5 in any component, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University is required. *Taken within the last 2 years.

    International students wishing to apply to Queen's University Belfast (and for whom English is not their first language), must be able to demonstrate their proficiency in English in order to benefit fully from their course of study or research. Non-EEA nationals must also satisfy UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) immigration requirements for English language for visa purposes.

    For more information on English Language requirements for EEA and non-EEA nationals see:

    If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this degree programme, INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for admission to this degree.

    • Academic English: an intensive English language and study skills course for successful university study at degree level
    • Pre-sessional English: a short intensive academic English course for students starting a degree programme at Queen's University Belfast and who need to improve their English.

    INTO - English Language Course(QSIS ELEMENT IS EMPTY)

  • Fees and Funding

    Tuition Fees

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    England, Scotland or Wales (GB) Contact college of choice
    Other (non-UK) EU Contact college of choice
    International Contact college of choice

    All tuition fees quoted are for the academic year 2019-20 and relate to one year of study only. Tuition fees will be subject to an annual inflationary increase, unless explicitly stated otherwise.

    More information on postgraduate tuition fees.

    Additional course costs

    All Students

    Depending on the programme of study, there may be extra costs which are not covered by tuition fees, which students will need to consider when planning their studies. Students can borrow books and access online learning resources from any Queen's library. If students wish to purchase recommended texts, rather than borrow them from the University Library, prices per text can range from £30 to £100. Students should also budget between £30 to £75 per year for photocopying, memory sticks and printing charges. Students undertaking a period of work placement or study abroad, as either a compulsory or optional part of their programme, should be aware that they will have to fund additional travel and living costs. If a programme includes a major project or dissertation, there may be costs associated with transport, accommodation and/or materials. The amount will depend on the project chosen. There may also be additional costs for printing and binding. Students may wish to consider purchasing an electronic device; costs will vary depending on the specification of the model chosen. There are also additional charges for graduation ceremonies, examination resits and library fines.

    Theology costs

    Please refer to the relevant Theological College for tuition fee information. There are no specific additional course costs associated with this programme.

    How do I fund my study?

    From the academic year 2017/18, the Department for the Economy will provide a tuition fee loan of up to £5,500 per NI / EU student for postgraduate study. Tuition fee loan information.

    A postgraduate loans system in the UK offers government-backed student loans of up to £10,280 for taught and research Masters courses in all subject areas. Criteria, eligibility, repayment and application information are available on the UK government website.

    More information on funding options and financial assistance.

    International Scholarships

    Information on scholarships for international students, is available at

  • Apply

    How to Apply

    Apply using our online Postgraduate Applications Portal and follow the step-by-step instructions on how to apply.

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    Terms and Conditions

    The terms and conditions that apply when you accept an offer of a place at the University on a taught programme of study.
    Queen's University Belfast Terms and Conditions 2019 Entry.

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