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Published: 2020/05/30    

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 and an oral examination, commonly called ‘the viva’ (viva voce).

URD’s PhD research degrees are also available by distance learning. For further information, please see our page on PhD research degrees by distance learning.



The allocation of graduate supervision for this course is the responsibility of the relevant faculty 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


The University of Religions & Denominations, the first of its kind in Iran, is an offshoot of the Islamic Seminary established to train experts and conduct research in these very fields. While striving to introduce Islam in the light of the teachings of the Holy Prophet’s Household ... more


Faculty of Shiite Studies
Faculty of Islamic Denominations
Faculty of Religions
Faculty of Philosophy

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