Research in Theology and Religious Studies

Research in Theology and Religious Studies

There is an august and long-established tradition in Theology (and latterly Religious Studies) at the University of Glasgow, beginning with the University's foundation in 1451. Today researchers in Theology and Religious Studies continue to build on Glasgow's reputation for excellence in traditional fields of theology including Practical Theology, Modern Systematic Theology, Hermeneutics, Church History, Catholic Moral Theology, and Biblical Studies, and Glasgow also has a strong profile in Islam, Sufism, religion in modern Iran, Judaism, Esoteric Buddhism, and religion in China.

TRS staff can employ a range of approaches in our research, and the projects in which we are engaged are often of an inter-disciplinary nature. Some staff are primarily theologians, others work within sociology, anthropology, history, and other disciplines. This is reflected in the string inter-disciplinary research links with other subjects in the School of Critical Studies as well as in the College of Arts. Recent collaborations have involved English and Scottish Literature, Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Law, Education, Philosophy, Medical Humanities and different Glasgow Museums.

TRS seeks to focus its research in specific clusters: Religion in Scotland; Religion, Literature and Culture; and Religion, Conflict and Transition.  

We have a long tradition of supporting excellent PhD research, and currently have one of the largest and most international communities of doctoral students in Glasgow’s College of Arts. Current PhD students come from countries including Iran, Norway, USA, China, and Japan.
The Professional Doctorate in Practical Theology offers a route to a doctoral qualification for practitioners in the church, in education, health care, or community based organisations.

TRS offers taught Masters programmes in Religion, Theology and Culture, and in Values-Based Practice.  It is also possible to take a research Masters degree to explore a project of your choice.