Postgraduate Taught Degrees

Our taught degrees are offered online, with no residential requirement. We work with Lancaster University to offer two qualifications, Postgraduate Certificate in Quaker Studies and MA in Quakerism in the Modern World.


The Centre for Research in Quaker Studies offers two distance learning postgraduate taught degrees in partnership with Lancaster University. The Postgraduate Certificate consists of three 10-week modules, and would be ideal for someone new to study at this level or returning to education. The MA has five taught modules and a dissertation, and can be used as personal development, preparation for further research, or as grounding for leadership roles among Quakers.

This course is designed to introduce students to theories, issues and processes connected with the history, theology and sociology of Quakerism in a global context. The programme is especially relevant to those interested in Quaker theology and history, the adaptation of religious groups to new social and geographical settings, globalisation and religion, and secularisation. It consists of three modules:

  • Quaker Theology in Context.
  • Quakerism, Peace and Justice.
  • The Sociology of Contemporary Quakerism.

Each module lasts for a 10 week period and is assessed by the participation in weekly learning activities and a 5,000 word essay. The programme is offered full-time (1 year, October start) or part-time (2 years, October start), and can be taken alone or as preparation for another course. Please contact the programme director Professor Chris Partridge (c.partridge@lancaster.ac.uk) for more details or see Lancaster’s page on the Postgraduate Certificate.

This MA is designed to introduce students to theories, issues and processes connected with the history, theology and sociology of Quakerism in a global context. It includes training in research methods and would be an excellent preparation for further research or leadership within the denomination.

The programme consists of 5 taught distance learning modules and a dissertation. Four modules are compulsory:

  • Theory and Concepts in Postgraduate Studies (Distance).
  • Quaker Theology in Context (Distance).
  • Quakerism, Peace and Justice (Distance).
  • The Sociology of Contemporary Quakerism (Distance).

The fifth module can be chosen from:

  • Major Approaches to the study of International Relations (Distance).
  • Religion and Conflict (Distance).
  • Faith Debates: Religion, Society and Politics (Distance).

Each module lasts 10 weeks and is assessed by the participation in weekly learning activities and a 5,000 word essay. The final component of the course involves a dissertation of 20,000 words, on a research topic of your choice.

Please contact the programme director Professor Chris Partridge (c.partridge@lancaster.ac.uk) for more details or see this page on Lancaster University’s website.

Please contact the programme director Professor Chris Partridge (c.partridge@lancaster.ac.uk) or Professor Ben Pink Dandelion at the Centre for Research in Quaker Studies (b.p.dandelion@bham.ac.uk) if you require any further information about the courses.

You can then visit Lancaster University’s applications page or read their FAQs about admissions.