Postgraduate study opportunities

The members of staff of the Centre are the major contributors to study and research in Religions and Theology at Manchester. Full-time staff also supervise MPhil and PhD students.

For more information on the MPhil in Religions & Theology or the PhD in Religions & Theology, please see Religions & Theology postgraduate research.

Training and travel opportunities

The CBS strives to provide its students with ample training and travel opportunities. A few examples of recent opportunities are listed below.

Annual joint-PhD training day with northern universities

For several years, postgraduate students have benefited from training in research methods and conference paper presentation through annual workshops conducted collaboratively with the Universities of Durham, Sheffield, Leeds, and Edinburgh. The joint-PGR training day takes place in the spring semester each year. PhD students are given the opportunity to present a short paper on their topic of choice within a session. Professors from participating universities chair these sessions and give valuable feedback to participants.

Travel opportunities

PhD students will have the opportunity to enhance their programme with travel. For the past two years, PhD students have attended the German (and) Theology Summer School at Johannes Gutenberg Universität-Mainz in Mainz, Germany for an intensive course on the German language and German theology. Students have benefited from scholarships provided by the Centre for Biblical Studies and DAAD. 

CBS staff, along with PhD and MA students, travelled to Greece in April 2017. Led by an academic tour guide, students visited Thessaloniki, Philippi, Kavala (ancient Neapolis), Pella, Thassos, and Amphipolis. The visit included stops at archaeological museums as well other activities to enhance one's knowledge of ancient and modern Greece.

Published dissertations

Many doctoral students have gone on to publish their dissertations. For example, in recent years, the following have been published:

  • Baesick Choi, Leviticus and Its Reception in the Dead Sea Scrolls from Qumran (Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock, 2020)
  • Yoonjong Kim, The Divine-Human Relationship in Romans 1–8 in the Light of Interdependence Theory (LNTS 635; London: T&T Clark, 2020)
  • Elif Hilal Karaman, Ephesian Women in Greco-Roman and Early Christian Perspective (Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2018)
  • Katharina E. Keim, Pirqei deRabbi Eliezer: Structure, Coherence, Intertextuality (AJEC 96; Leiden: Brill, 2017)
  • Jessica M. Keady, Vulnerability and Valour: A Gendered Analysis of Everyday Life in the Dead Sea Scrolls Communities (LSTS 91; London: Bloomsbury, 2017)
  • Andrew K. Boakye, Death and Life: Resurrection, Restoration, and Rectification in Paul's Letter to the Galatians (Eugene: Pickwick, 2017)
  • Frederick Tappenden. Resurrection in Paul: Cognition, Metaphor, and Transformation (ECL 19; Atlanta: SBL Press, 2016).
  • Helen R. Jacobus, Zodiac Calendars in the Dead Sea Scrolls and Their Reception: Ancient Astronomy and Astrology in Early Judaism (IJS Studies in Judaism 14; Leiden: Brill, 2015)
  • Sandra Jacobs, The Body as Property: Physical Disfigurement in Biblical Law (LHB/OTS; London: Bloomsbury T&T Clark, 2014)
  • Ann Conway-Jones, Gregory of Nyssa’s Tabernacle Imagery in Its Jewish and Christian Contexts (Oxford Early Christian Studies; Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014)
  • Kipp Davis, The Cave 4 Apocryphon of Jeremiah and the Qumran Jeremianic Traditions: Prophetic Persona and the Construction of Community Identity (Studies on the Text of the Desert of Judah; Leiden: Brill, 2014)
  • David Lamb, Text, Context and the Johannine Community: A Sociolinguistic Analysis of the Johannine Writings (LNTS 447; London T&T Clark, 2014)
  • Isaac Mbabazi, The Significance of Interpersonal Forgiveness in the Gospel of Matthew (Eugene: Wipf and Stock, 2013)
  • Maria Haralambakis, The Testament of Job: Text, Narrative and Reception History (LSTS; London: T&T Clark, 2012)
  • Marcus Tso, Ethics in the Qumran Community: An Interdisciplinary Investigation (WUNT 2.292; Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2010)
  • Michael Tait, Jesus the Divine Bridegroom in Mark 2:18-22 (Analecta biblica 185; Rome: Pontifical Biblical Institute, 2010)
  • Susan Docherty, The Use of the Old Testament in Hebrews (WUNT 2.260; Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2009)
  • Dorothy Peters, Noah Traditions in the Dead Sea Scrolls: Conversations and Controversies of Antiquity (SBL Early Judaism and its Literature; Atlanta: SBL, 2008)
  • Julie Hughes, Scriptural Allusions and Exegesis in the Hodayot (Studies on the Texts of the Desert of Judah; Leiden: Brill, 2006)
  • Gillian Beattie, Women and Marriage in Paul and His Early Interpreters (JSNTSup 296; London: T&T Clark International, 2005)


Enquiries about postgraduate study associated with the Centre for Biblical Studies should be addressed to: 

Postgraduate Admissions Office 
School of Arts, Languages & Cultures 
The University of Manchester 
Oxford Road 
M13 9PL