Research: Quaker Studies

We have an outstanding international reputation in the study of all types of religion in the contemporary world, with a strong tradition in Quaker Studies.

  • This programme is delivered in collaboration with the Centre for Research in Quaker Studies (CRQS) at Woodbrooke, the world’s leading centre for research into Quakers and Quakerism. CRQS staff offer supervision expertise in all areas of Quakerism including history, theology, sociology, philosophy, and literary studies.
  • You will benefit from the association Birmingham has with Woodbrooke, a Quaker study centre with an international reputation based in the heart of Quaker Birmingham in the beautiful Victorian home of George Cadbury. 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.
  • You can study full-time or part-time, for an MA or PhD, and from anywhere in the world.
  • 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. CRQS staff are heavily involved in the Brill Research Perspectives in Quaker Studies series.
  • 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, including the unique Bevan-Naish Collection.

Postgraduate courses

Postgraduate supervision

Supervision is available in all areas of Quaker Studies, but particular interests include:

  • Present-day Quakerism
  • Sociology of religion
  • Early Quakerism and the development of the movement
  • Quaker businesses and industrialists
  • Quaker values in education
  • Philosophy and religion
  • Amish studies

Professor Ben Pink Dandelion was given an award for Excellence in Doctoral Research Supervision by the University Graduate  School in 2016.

Academic staff

Theology and Religion research specialisms