The University of Manchester
School of Arts, Languages and Cultures
Samuel Alexander Building, WG16
Oxford Road, Manchester, M13 9PL, UK
Phone: +44 (0)161 275 3064



The University of Manchester
School of Arts, Languages and Cultures
Samuel Alexander Building, WG8
Oxford Road, Manchester, M13 9PL, UK
Phone: +44 (0)161 306 1663


What does it mean to exist in complex relationships with machines? What insights can be offered to our understandings of these relationships by the theologically significant theme of ‘love’? What critical assessments can be made of our multiple uses of technologies in shaping our futures, by reflecting on our pasts?

Events and Outputs
> Robots vs Loneliness?
> Focus Groups
> Conference: Care and Machines
Useful links 

Disquiet over the prevalence of social and economic individualism has a long history. In a world of mobile Capital and increasingly mobile people, communities of common tradition and locality appear to be under threat from the advent of a fragmented market society. Are these complaints against individualism justified? And crucially, how should Christians respond to them? Digging down into the substance of these questions, this project will consider the theological, liturgical and scriptural resources Christians have for understanding the notion of individualism in relation to issues of education, public life and the formation of democratic citizenship.

After Graduating


Students who have achieved doctoral and master's level degrees in religion and civil society at the University of Manchester go on to a range of careers in education, NGOs, the media, governmental and international offices as well as faith based communities. Here are some recent examples of the "destinations" of some of our students, together with a commentary on what they found valuable about studying at Manchester:


Timothy Stanley, Lecturer in Theology, The University of Newcastle, Australia

PhD, 2009

 The most significant thing for me about my time completing doctoral studies in Manchester was its location in a large cosmopolitan metropolis. There is a profound intellectual tradition in the department which inspires some of the most rigorous and sophisticated reflection upon religious thought and practice. However, the research and courses taught consistently defy academic ghettoisation. Rather, the work of so many of the staff in the Religions and Theology Department remain deeply engaged with the concerns of the city, and, by proxy, the contemporary world of today. The academic calendar at the university is filled with research seminars and public lectures, which, from memory, covered everything from contemporary Buddhist art in China, the Poetry of the Sufi mystic Rumi, the neo-platonic eschatology at work in Hegel's thought, new scientific methods of addressing lacuni in Dead Sea Scrolls, and the socio-political archealogy of Paul's Epistle to the Romans. This breadth and diversity of the department directly inspired my own participation in conferences in both Europe and North America, as well as the courses I taught at the University alongside my own research. In brief, I came to Manchester to study for a PhD in philosophical theology with Professor Graham Ward, and in the process gained a much wider appreciation for theology's role within the humanities in a large international university. My time in Manchester was transformative and has directly led to my current position teaching theology at a large research university with a similar ethos in Australia.