University of Sheffield

University of Sheffield

Biblical Studies

The MPhil and PhD are research degrees in which a student undertakes the investigation of a topic of personal choice and presents the results in a thesis of approximately 40,000 words (MPhil) or 75,000 words (PhD); after acceptance to the course, a student is assigned to one of the academic staff as supervisor, based on their intended topic; the MPhil and PhD, as is typical in British universities, are research degrees, so students do not do standard graduate coursework; instead, they begin researching a thesis immediately and spend their entire programme concentrating on this task; the general research areas supported by the faculty are: Early Christian studies; history; archaeology and historiography; literary criticism and cultural studies.

Entry requirements

Degree in theology or religious studies (preferably Master of Art or Master of Divinity) with a strong biblical studies component; competence in Greek and or Hebrew.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MPhil Full-time - 2 years
PhD Full-time - 3 years
MPhil Part-time - 4 years
PhD Part-time - 6 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Main Site Sheffield S10 2TN Yorkshire and the Humber

Key information

Department of Biblical Studies
Telephone number: 
0114 222 0507