Theology and Religion
- 2nd in the UK for world-leading and internationally excellent research
- 2nd in The Guardian University Guide 2017
- 4th in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2016
- 12 fully funded doctoral studentships over the last 3 years
- £900,000 external research funding awarded over the past 4 years
- Top 10 for Theology and Religion in the National Student Survey 2017
- Regular research seminars involving staff, students and visiting speakers
- Theologians, philosophers, biblical scholars, and historians join in one united research culture to exchange and develop ideas
We combine a strong commitment to research and scholarship with a friendly and welcoming atmosphere. Postgraduate students study broadly in the areas of biblical studies, patristics, Christian doctrine, philosophical theology, and the ethical, social and political implications of Christian theology. Some choose inter- or multi-disciplinary topics. There are close links with other disciplines in the College of Humanities and Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies. We welcome research degree applications from those wishing to study on a full-time or part-time basis, on campus or at a distance.
Studying in the Department of Theology and Religion allows you to engage with some of the big questions which have fascinated people for many centuries. Our rigorous but varied and innovative programme allows you to pursue these questions from different angles: Biblical studies, history, literature and the visual arts, philosophy and theology. We also use insights from other humanities disciplines and the social sciences. Our modules are led by our research, but our research is also shaped by learning from our students!
Professor Morwenna Ludlow, Head of Theology and Religion
Why study for a Theology PhD at Exeter?
Hear Penny Cowell Doe explain why she chose to study for her PhD in Theology at the University of Exeter.
I love my PhD
Theology PhD student Dave Shaw tells us about his research and why he loves his PhD. See full size.