Courses & Learning
Centre for Post Graduate Quaker Studies
Woodbrooke Quaker Study Centre in association with the University of Birmingham
The work of the Centre for Postgraduate Quaker Studies (CPQS) is an integral part of the Graduate Institute for Theology and Religion and the Centre’s provision of programmes in Quaker studies is now the most comprehensive worldwide. These programmes are delivered on behalf of the University of Birmingham by CPQS, itself part of the wider work of Woodbrooke, the Quaker Study Centre situated close to the Graduate Institute.
The Graduate Institute for Theology and Religion
Quaker Studies at Birmingham is offered in association with the Graduate Institute for Theology and Religion, which encourages and strengthens research activities and builds a world class centre for study in a variety of disciplines. The Theology and Religion Department at Birmingham is the largest in Britain and has the most nationalities represented, amongst both staff and students. The Graduate Institute brings together around 50 scholars, highly qualified in different areas of theological and religious research and teaching. A top grade of 5 was awarded in the 1992, 1997, and 2001 National Research Assessment Exercises for the excellence of published work and research environment.
The University library is well-stocked in theology and religious studies, reflecting the wider research interests of Department members in, for example, Christian history and theology, sociology of religion, and world religions.
All Quaker Studies postgraduates are eligible to audit other programmes within the Graduate Institute subject to the approval of the relevant course leader.
There is an exciting variety of ways to approach postgraduate Quaker Studies. There are courses which are mainly taught, Postgraduate Certificate, and the M.Res, a research degree with a taught component. The MA by Research, MLitt, and PhD are research degrees without a taught component.