Graduate admissions

Graduate admissions

URD’s graduate courses
URD’s approach to graduate study emphasises your ability to work independently, while supported by a world-class academic community.
About our courses
URD offers more than 34 graduate courses in the field of religions and denominations, with courses opening in new areas every year. This includes taught and research courses available for full-time and part-time study, and at every level from master’s to doctorates.
Each graduate course has a dedicated course page on our website, which will provide you with detailed information about the course and how to apply for it. You can browse our graduate courses A to Z department As a graduate student you'll belong to a department or faculty a thriving academic community working to advance knowledge in a particular field. Your department or faculty will provide your teaching and supervision, as well as extensive, specialist resources to support your studies. Our departments often collaborate on joint courses and interdisciplinary research projects.
Every graduate student at URD is given an academic supervisor. Throughout your course, you'll receive personalised support and guidance from an expert in your field, helping to guide your programme of study or research.
Residence requirements Students enrolled on full-time courses are subject to the University's residence requirements Students studying for part-time courses are exempt from these residence requirements.URD’s PhD Research Degrees URD’s PhD research degrees involve extensive independent study and the opportunity to undertake and present original research at an advanced level. These degrees offer access to a wide variety of experienced specialists in many different fields of religious studies, with students developing an extensive range of research skills, and expertise in your chosen field of research.
Students admitted to the PhD will most often have acquired one of Master’s degrees within their area of research, ie theology, religious studies or another closely-related field. All PhD students are assigned a supervisor or supervisors, who will provide support and guidance to help them develop their ideas, direction and a programme of research. The degree is awarded on the successful completion of the research dissertation.
The URD’s PhD degree programs are available by online or distance learning. Thus, students are not required to keep attending the University. Some attendance is normally required. SupervisionThe allocation of graduate supervision for this course is the responsibility of the relevant department and it is not always impossible to accommodate the preferences of incoming graduate students to work with a particular member of staff. Under exceptional circumstances a supervisor may be found outside the University. In such circumstances, a second internal supervisor may be appointed.
All PhD courses offered by the University of Religions and Denominations:

1 Shiite Studies
Faculty of Shiite Studies
2 History of Twelver Shiism
Faculty of Shiite Studies
3 Sufism and Islamic Mysticism
Faculty of Mysticism
4 Islamic Mysticism and Imam Khomeini’s Thoughts
Faculty of Mysticism
5 Islamic Theology (Transcendental Philosophy)
Faculty of Islamic Denominations
6 Islamic Theological Denominations
Faculty of Islamic Denominations
7 Islamic Denominations and Proximity
Faculty of Islamic Denominations
8 Comparative study of Jurisprudential Denominations
Faculty of Islamic Denominations
9 Wahhabism
Faculty of Islamic Denominations
10 Christian Theology
Faculty of Religions
11 Non-Abrahamic Religions (Persian Religions)
Faculty of Religions
12 Wisdom of Religious Arts
Faculty of Religions
13 Women’s Studies
Faculty of Women’s Studies
14 Philosophy of Religious Arts
Faculty of Religions
15 Study of Religion
Faculty of Religions