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PhD opportunities

We have a thriving PhD programme with over 80 students, all supported by a supervisory team of active researchers in the student’s subject area. We have students studying for PhDs in areas such as applied science, theology, sport, health, arts and humanities, social sciences, business and education.

In addition, a number of our students are working in important cross-disciplinary fields such as the relationship between theology and public policy and the provision of health services in prisons. St Mary’s also has a professional doctorate programme in education.

MPhil Studentship

The Benedict XVI Centre for Religion and Society at St Mary’s University, Twickenham, offers a fully funded, full-time two-year MPhil studentship, commencing in February 2020, to focus on university Catholic chaplaincies (and/or ‘CathSocs’ or similar) in Britain. The successful applicant will conduct their own empirical MPhil research project in this area, supervised by Prof. Stephen Bullivant. They will also be expected to contribute to the wider work of the Centre’s ‘Seeds of Hope’ research project (funded by Porticus UK), exploring nascent signs of growth and renewal within the Catholic Church in Britain.

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Facilities and development

All students have dedicated study facilities. A Researcher Development Programme is provided for all students and, in the second year, there is a Career Development Programme which also provides students with the opportunity to engage with our experts in residence.

The development programmes are compulsory for full-time students. Part-time students have their needs assessed by their supervisors, but are free to attend all sessions.

All students, on the recommendation of their academic faculty/institute, will have the opportunity to train for and apply to be an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Your academic and other needs are overseen by Professor Philip Booth, Director of Research and Public Engagement and Claire Tapia, Head of the Research Office.

Requirements and application

Information about  entry requirements and  how to apply is available within this section. If at any time in your application process you have any queries, please contact