The department has a thriving research culture with postgraduate students researching a variety of topics. We encourage applications for PhD by research.  Departmental staff are willing to consider research proposals in a range of areas. For staff specialisms see staff profiles: People

Applications are considered on a case-by-case basis, major considerations being the candidate’s proven academic ability and the viability of the proposed research project.  Candidates for PhD should be able to provide appropriate evidence of previous academic achievement, normally a good MA in the study of religions or a cognate area.

Admission is normally to PhD track in the first instance; i.e. the student’s progress is reviewed after one year f/t equivalent of study before upgrade to full PhD candidate status.

Please note that the Department also offers PhD track in Anthropology, for further information please visit

Prospective candidates should contact any member of staff for an informal discussion prior to application.

For details of the (on-line) application procedure via PAC click on:

For details of the Graduate School in the College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences click on:

Study of Religions Department

Staidéar Reiligiún

Room 2.22, T12 ND89