Skip to main content Skip to navigation

WRERU Research Degrees

Research Degrees 

WRERU offers the following University of Warwick research degrees in religious education and associated fields.

  • MPhil (60,000 thesis) (normally 3 or 4 years part time)
  • PhD (80,000 word thesis) (normally 5 years part time)

PhD students initially register for the MPhil and then upgrade to PhD after 2 years part-time.

Research degrees may also be undertaken full time at the University.

Graduate Students

Graduate students reading for MA, MPhil and doctoral degrees in religious education at the University of Warwick make an important contribution to WRERU's work. Many of these researchers are serving teachers, and WRERU is committed to facilitating research which contributes to positive change in schools.

MA in RE dissertations completed in recent years include:

Chris Shannon: 'What is the relationship between Hindu pupils' experience of the Hindu tradition at home and in the religious education classroom?' The field work for this study took place in Hong Kong.

Richard Reeve: 'Action research towards the provision of motivational Christian nurture in Base Christian Communities - Maputo, Mozambique'

Robert Parry: 'Progression in religious education: a 'dietary' approach to adolescent development during Key Stage 3' 

International Students

Sissel Østberg, Vice Chancellor of Oslo University College. She was awarded her PhD on Pakistani Muslim Children in Norway in 1999. This has been published by the University of Leeds.

Østberg, S. (2003) Pakistani Children in Norway: Islamic Nurture in a Secular Context, Leeds, Community Religions Project, Department of Theology and Religious Studies, University of Leeds.

Oddrun Marie Hovde Bråten is Associate Professor in Religious Education at Trondheim University College, Norway and completed a comparative study of religious education in Norway and England as her part time PhD.

Lars B. Eriksen completed a full time PhD, a sociological study of religious education in Norway, supervised by Professor Bob Jackson and Dr Bob Carter (Dept of Sociology).

Keld Skovmand and Gabriella Dahm, both from CVU Fyn in Denmark, have completed their postgraduate certificates in religious education.

Nicholas Haambokoma, from the University of Zambia, Lusaka, has completed the MA in religious education.

Further details about Warwick research degrees and application forms.