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Research Degrees (MPhil & PhD) in Catholic Studies

Research Degrees (MPhil & PhD) in Catholic Studies

Different course options

Study mode

Distance without attendance


4 years

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

PhD/DPhil - Doctor of Philosophy

Subject areas

Christian Religious Studies

Course type


Course Summary

The Institute's Research Degree in Catholic Studies (MPhil and PhD) is offered through Liverpool Hope University and offers supervision in programmes of research in the area of Catholic Studies, including history, literature, philosophy, spirituality, theology, Newman studies and religious education and catechesis. It is a part-time, distance-learning programme.

Who is the programme aimed at?

This programme is specifically for students who wish to continue to MPhil or PhD research degrees by establishing critical and research skills. The research programme aims to train postgraduate students to specialise in their proposed project area at MPhil or PhD level.

Aims of the Programme:

The Programme aims to provide the highest level of training by thesis to MPhil or PhD for candidates who wish to study in the human sciences branch of theology and/or religious education in order to strengthen the teaching and research capacity both nationally and globally.


Students are required to produce a thesis of required length (max 100,000 words for PhD or 60,000 words for an MPhil) which is examined and assessed through a viva voce oral examination.


This programme leads to the Liverpool Hope University degrees of Master of Philosophy and Doctor of Philosophy, which will be awarded after the examining scholars have been assured that students have an appropriate level of knowledge in the field and are thoroughly competent in the work of independent research. Please see the Information Pack for further details of the academic standards required for these awards.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK/ international students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

The requirement for entry to the PhD programme is a Distinction at Masters level.