MRes Pentecostal and Charismatic Studies

The Pentecostal and Charismatic Studies MRes degree is a research programme with provision for three taught modules.

It aims to explore these multifarious movements with academic honesty, emphasising the contextual nature of Charismatic Christianity, considering the lessons such a study has for world Christianity, and enabling academic reflection on these movements.

We have one of the leading centres worldwide for the academic study of Pentecostalism, with some of the best scholars in the entire field.

Professor Allan Anderson

Professor Allan Anderson

“The Centre for Pentecostal and Charismatic Studies in the Department of Theology and Religion is one of the premier institutions for the postgraduate study of Pentecostalism in the world. It has a longstanding tradition going back to the time of Walter Hollenweger in the 1970s. Its academic staff are very research oriented and their publications are internationally known. The student will participate in an active research community and be directed to the latest scholarly debates and literature.”

This programme is a research degree that includes taught components.

It may be followed as an end in itself, but also provides an excellent foundation for subsequent doctoral research.

The MRes comprises four components; a compulsory Research Methodology module, two optional modules, and a 20,000-word thesis.

Why study this course

  • This MRes forms part of the University’s Centre for Pentecostal and Charismatic Studies, which is one of the largest and most prominent research centres for Pentecostal and Charismatic Studies in the world and our work has received international recognition and acclaim.
  • Theology and Religion at the University of Birmingham was ranked second among all Theology departments in the country in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework exercise, with over 50% of our research judged to be ‘world-leading’.
  • Department of Theology and Religion combines internationally established strength in teaching and research with initiatives in new fields of study. We offer a variety of forward-thinking postgraduate programmes and research opportunities in a wide range of subject areas.


You will study a core Research Methods module.  For your two optional modules you may choose from any of the other M-Level modules offered on the MA in Evangelical and Charismatic Studies or from the other M-level modules offered within the School of Philosophy, Theology and Religion or, where appropriate, from other Schools in the College of Arts and Law. They will be studied independently with supporting tutorials. You will then produce a 20,000 word thesis.

The following modules are recommended:

  • History of Evangelicalism and Pentecostalism
  • Pentecostal/Charismatic Theology in Context
  • Sociology of Evangelicalism and Pentecostalism

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Fees and funding

We charge an annual tuition fee. Fees for 2016/17:

  • Home / EU £4,110 full-time; £2,055 part-time*
  • Overseas: £13,680 full-time

For part-time students, the above fee quoted is for year one only and tuition fees will also be payable in subsequent years of your programme.

* For UK/EU postgraduate research students the University fee level is set at Research Council rates and as such is subject to change. The final fee will be announced by Research Councils UK in spring 2016.

Eligibility for Home/EU or Overseas fees can be verified with Admissions. Learn more about fees for international students.

Tuition fees can either be paid in full or by instalments. Learn more about postgraduate tuituion fees and funding.

Entry requirements

Normally a 2:1 degree in a relevant discipline is required for entry

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International students

Academic requirements

We accept a range of qualifications; our country pages show you what qualifications we accept from your country.

English language requirements

You can satisfy our English language requirements in two ways:

How to apply

Before you make your application

Please refer to our six step process on applying for PhD, MA by Research and MRes opportunities for Arts subject areas.

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You will also become part of, and contribute to, the vibrant international community of the College of Arts and Law Graduate School, which offers dedicated research resources and a supportive working environment. Our team of academic and operational staff are on hand to offer support and advice to all postgraduate students within the College.

The University of Birmingham has been ranked 8th in the UK and 60th in the world for post-qualification employability in the latest global survey of universities commissioned by the International Herald Tribune.

Your degree will provide excellent preparation for employment and this will be further enhanced by the employability skills training offered through the College of Arts and Law Graduate School.

Birmingham’s Theology graduates develop a broad range of transferable skills including: familiarity with research methods; the ability to manage large quantities of information from diverse sources; the ability to organise information in a logical and coherent manner; the expertise to write clearly and concisely and to tight deadlines; critical and analytical ability; the capacity for argument, debate and speculation; and the ability to base conclusions on statistical research.

Over the past five years, over 92% of our postgraduates were in work and/or further study six months after graduation. Many of our graduates go into careers in churches of various denominations. For those in further study, teacher training courses remain a popular choice. Other students use their transferable skills in a range of employment sectors, including local government, education and charities. Employers that our graduates have gone on to work for include: British Council; Church of England; Institute of Education; International Greek New Testament Project; Quaker Homeless Action; Queens Ecumenical Theological College; and University of Birmingham.

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