The Academic Arm of the Centre focuses on performing and facilitating cutting-edge postgraduate research in the area, and offering postgraduate academic teaching.

Our aim is to study questions appertaining to Bible and Violence deeply and rigorously in collaboration with scholars from different (or no) faith traditions, nationalities and academic disciplines.

Photos and recordings of the first academic symposium, held on 17th June 2019, can be found here. The Proceedings of the first symposium will be published by Sheffield Phoenix Press in 2020.

We are inviting applications for our postgraduate research degree programme (MTh and PhD) in areas related to the broad area of Bible and Violence. The Centre for the Study of Bible and Violence is part of Bristol Baptist College, which works in partnership with Trinity College, Bristol, to supervise and support our research students. Our research degrees are awarded by Aberdeen University.

The scholarly disciplines which may be relevant to the research of the Centre include, but are not limited to, New and Old Testament studies, Ancient Near East studies, philology, literary theory, hermeneutics, ethics, biblical theology, feminist theory, ideological criticism, political science, ethnography, and sociology.

Within the joint faculty of Bristol Baptist College and Trinity College we are able to offer expert supervision in most of these fields. The two colleges already have a thriving community of research students working in a broad range of biblical and theological fields, many of whom live and work overseas. We are well-experienced at supervising and supporting our research students using internet-based technology. This includes remote supervision meetings and a weekly research seminar. Once a year all of our students gather in Bristol for a postgraduate research conference, which is an exciting opportunity to present work, learn from others, and interact with our invited guest scholar. In previous years we have hosted N.T. Wright, Walter Moberly and Katherine Sonderegger.

For more information about undertaking postgraduate research with us, contact the Centre Director on General information about undertaking postgraduate research at Bristol Baptist College can also be found on the college website.

We are inviting applications for our MA programme. We offer an MA pathway in Bible and Violence within the current MA in Theology, Ministry and Mission offered by Bristol Baptist and Trinity Colleges. Our taught degrees are awarded through Durham University.

This MA will allow students to develop their competence at biblical hermeneutics, and to pursue their own particular interests through an Independent Learning Project (mini-dissertation) and a full dissertation. There is also the possibility of learning a biblical language as part of this course. Students who arrive with some competence at Greek or Hebrew may have the opportunity to develop this further, and to study a biblical text in the original language. For those who are considering progressing to further study, this provides an ideal starting point.

MA study can be undertaken full-time or part-time. Most modules are taught over ten weeks, though some can be undertaken in block weeks. General information about studying for an MA at Bristol Baptist College can be found on the College website. 

Bristol Baptist College also hosts the Centre for Anabaptist Studies, and some of the modules offered on their MA pathway may be relevant for our students. We aim to offer as much flexibility as possible. To enquire about studying for an MA at the Centre for the Study of Bible and Violence, contact the Director on