The aim of this degree is to give you a comprehensive understanding of Quakerism, theologically, historically, and sociologically, and to offer you the training for future research while standing alone in its own right. The programme is also an ideal stepping stone to a doctoral research degree and it is possible to transfer from the MRes to a PhD programme.
It is comprised of the following components:
Why study this course
You will benefit from the knowledge and expertise of The Centre for Postgraduate Quaker Studies (CPQS), which is a joint venture between Woodbrooke Quaker Study Centre and the School of Philosophy Theology and Religion at Birmingham. Not only that, you’ll have access to two excellent libraries to draw from, and the option of living and learning in a community at Woodbrooke.
Facts about Woodbrooke
HG Wood, Director of Studies at Woodbrooke in the 1920s, was the first Professor of Theology at the University of Birmingham.
Since 1995, Woodbrooke has been involved in postgraduate research degrees in Quaker Studies with the Universities of Birmingham and Sunderland, and with Birmingham alone since 2003.
There are over 30 students enrolled in CPQS programmes.
The Quaker Studies Research Association (QSRA,) is based at Woodbrooke, as is the Series Editorship of the Series in Quaker Studies of the Edwin Mellen Press.
The refereed journal, Quaker Studies, is co-sponsored by QSRA and CPQS.
Woodbrooke is the venue for the QSRA Annual Conference and hosts the prestigious annual George Richardson Lecture in Quaker Studies.
With QSRA, Woodbrooke offers new postgraduates in Quaker Studies the chance to apply for the annual David Adshead Award which gives five days resident study time in the library.
Every three years, there is a ten-day Quaker Studies Research Summer School.
Woodbrooke is based in the heart of Quaker Birmingham in the beautiful Victorian home of George Cadbury and has an international reputation as a Quaker study centre.
The Woodbrooke library is the main Quaker collection in Europe outside of Friends House. It carries many first edition seventeenth-century and eighteenth-century books and tracts, includes the unique Bevan-Naish Collection, and has unrivalled 24 hour access for those resident in the college.
Birmingham - the City
Birmingham is an exciting environment in which to study. Britain’s second city and served by excellent public transport and air travel links, it is close to many places of outstanding historical, industrial, and cultural interest including Stratford upon Avon. People of many cultures and religions live in and around the city and it is rich in opportunities to learn more about other faiths as well as how a cosmopolitan multi-faith environment functions.
In Quaker terms, Birmingham is close to Fenny Drayton, birthplace of George Fox, and Ironbridge where Quaker families were so instrumental in the beginnings of the Industrial Revolution. There is a high Quaker population in and around Birmingham with many Meeting Houses to visit and plenty of scope for sociological work. Woodbrooke is located very close to Bournville with its model village developed by the Cadbury family and distinctive Meeting House.
Fees and funding
We charge an annual tuition fee. Fees for 2014/15 are currently as follows:
Home / EU £3,950 full-time; £1,975 part-time
Overseas: £12,565 full-time
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Scholarships and studentships
Scholarships to cover fees and/or maintenance costs may be available. To discover whether you are eligible for any award across the University, and to start your funding application, please visit the University's Postgraduate Funding Database.
International students can often gain funding through overseas research scholarships, Commonwealth scholarships or their home government.
Normally a 2:1 degree in a relevant discipline is required for entry
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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
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