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.

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.


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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.


1 year full time / 2 years part time

Careers or further progression

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.

Further enquiries


Institute of Theology

Tel: 9097 3612



Subjects taught

Course Structure

The MRes Programme

The 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.


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 but 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 undertake an independent research project for academic and professional development. It encourages 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 aims to host international symposia and major public lectures and to mount regular series of seminars with internal and also external speakers.

Assessment method

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).

Application date

How to Apply

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

Enrolment and start dates

Entry year: 2019

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