Course Overview

This new programme is the result of an innovative, interdisciplinary collaboration between the Postgraduate Quaker Study Centre at Woodbrooke, Birmingham and the Department of Politics, Philosophy, and Religion (PPR) at Lancaster University.

The course is designed to introduce you to the theories, issues and processes connected with the history, theology and sociology of Quakerism in a global context. The programme is especially relevant if you are interested in Quaker theology and history, the adaptation of religious groups to new social and geographical settings, globalisation and religion, and secularisation. On successful completion, you will have the option of transferring to the MA in Quakerism in the Modern World. Alternatively, the Postgraduate Certificate in Quaker Studies is an excellent way to gain a foundation in the academic study of the Quaker past and present.


You will study three modules which deal with a wide range of topics relevant to the scheme:

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

Each module is to be completed within a 10-week period and assessed by the participation in weekly learning activities and a 5,000 word essay (to be submitted after the end of the module). Study throughout the whole programme is comprehensively supported through supervised online group discussions, web seminars and individual academic supervision to ensure an engaging and enjoyable distance learning experience.

Finally, for those interested, there will be an optional Summer School based at Woodbrooke and at Lancaster University in the heart of ‘1652 country’, which will include additional lectures and guided visits to key sites of Quaker interest.