Courses & Learning
Centre for Post Graduate Quaker Studies
The Centre for Postgraduate Quaker Studies (CPQS), established in 1998, is the world’s leading centre for research into Quakers and Quakerism.
Its staff teach and supervise in all areas of Quakerism including history, theology, sociology, and literary studies.
CPQS works with the University of Birmingham to deliver research supervision for the degrees of MA by Research and PhD, including a NEW MA by Research/ PhD opportunities with a focus on Quaker Values in Education (QVinE) starting in October 2015, and the University of Lancaster to offer the wholly online distance learning Postgraduate Certificate in Quaker Studies and MA in Quakerism in the Modern World.
- There are over 25 students enrolled in CPQS programmes and its staff are amongst the leading scholars in their fields.
- 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 two years, there is a ten-day Quaker Studies Research Summer School and each year there is an optional ‘1652 Country’ Summer School for Lancaster Distance Learning students.
- 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.
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