|Duration||1 year full time
2 years part time
|Duration||1 year full time
2 years part time
- Our imaginative and exciting programme offers a great breadth of learning with the flexibility to specialise in the areas that interest you the most
- You can further develop interdisciplinary approaches by taking a module outside the Department of Theology and Religion, with the agreement of the programme director
- Throughout your studies you will benefit from access to the department’s extensive resources and enjoy a close working relationship with our exceptional academic staff
- You will learn to understand other people’s viewpoints, to communicate and debate effectively, to work independently and as part of a group, all skills essential for the workplace
Top 100 in world subject rankings for Theology and Religion
QS World University Subject Rankings 2021
Top 4 in UK subject rankings for Theology and Religion
The Complete University Guide 2021
2nd in the UK for world-leading and internationally excellent research
Research Excellence Framework 2014 based on the percentage
£1.25m external research funding awarded over past four years
Academic years 2014-2018
Normally a 2:1 Honours degree in Theology or a related subject.
The programme is divided into units of study called modules which are assigned 'credits'. The credit rating of a module is proportional to the total workload, with 1 credit being nominally equivalent to 10 hours of work.
Students on the MA Theology study 180 credits in total. All students study the dissertation and the compulsory modules Research Skills in Theology and Research Proposal in Theology. You will choose your remaining credits from a range of Masters modules. Any requests to take modules outside of the Department of Theology and Religion are dependent on the agreement of the programme director.
The modules we outline here provide examples of what you can expect to learn on this degree course based on recent academic teaching. The precise modules available to you in future years may vary depending on staff availability and research interests, new topics of study, timetabling and student demand.
- May suit you if you prefer to carry out an independent research project under the supervision of an academic
- Assessed by a written dissertation of up to 40,000 words
- Formal qualification without the long-term commitment of a PhD
- Successful completion could lead to further doctoral research
UK fees per year:
£9,200 full-time; £4,600 part-time
International fees per year:
The University of Exeter is offering scholarships to the value of over £4 million for students starting with us in September 2021. Details of scholarships, including our Global Excellence scholarships and GREAT scholarships (British Council and the GREAT Britain Campaign) for international fee paying students, can be found on our dedicated funding page.
Teaching and research
Learning and teaching
We are focused on making sure your MA programme works well for you, and are happy to give you advice on module choices and combinations. Our aim is to help you develop the skills you learned at Undergraduate level and add further expertise in a range of connected disciplines.
We will give you the opportunity to engage with the latest methodology through small-group teaching and seminars where you will have excellent access to our top academic staff. We encourage our Postgraduate students to become part of our lively research culture, meeting regularly with other students and staff for study groups and informal discussions about interesting topics.
Most of your teaching will take place in the first two terms. The third term is dedicated to your dissertation where you will design, research and write a piece of original research. Progress in your modules will be assessed through a variety of coursework, and if you choose to study Greek or Hebrew your language skills will be assessed by a combination of exams and other coursework.
We have a very active research culture with international scholars who are publishing cutting-edge research, we encourage interdisciplinary and collaborative research which is reflected in our projects.
Our research focuses on the interaction between theology and matters of current social and political importance.
Some of our specialist areas of interest include:
- The relationship of Christian theology with environmental concerns
- Urban planning, criminal justice, international law, sexuality and gender, and the visual arts
- Interfaith dialogue between the Abrahamic faiths; sacramental theology
- Ecumenical theology, especially in Ireland
- Christian theology and science
We also operate the Exeter Centre for Ethics and Practical Theology (EXCEPT) which provides a centre for research into contextual, practical and ministerial theology. Our Network for Religion in Public Life promotes co-operation between academics and religious communities on matters concerning the relationship between religions and public and political issues. And our Centre for Biblical Studies provides a focus for a range of research activity and research projects including seminars, public lectures and hosting academic visitors.
Libraries and archives
You will be perfectly placed to take advantage of the resources of Exeter Cathedral including the Cathedral Library and Cathedral Archives which date back to Saxon times.
You will be welcome to join our dedicated research centre, the Exeter Centre for Ethics and Practical Theology, where academic staff and Postgraduate students work together to develop and discuss research projects.
Our broad range of expertise within the Department will give you a unique opportunity at MA level to specialise in the areas that interest you most. The main University Library is a modern facility with extensive collections, including digital, and provides a range of study spaces as well as excellent resources.
Digital Humanities Lab
In addition we have recently invested £1.2 million into Digital Humanities to create a new lab and research space for the examination and preservation of important historical, literary and visual artefacts. The lab will enable you to use high-tech equipment to find out more about our cultural heritage, examine items in greater detail and share discoveries with the public. For more information visit our Digital Humanities Lab page.
Our MA is excellent preparation for a research degree in Theology if you choose to take your studies on to doctoral level. Many of our students find our MA in Theology an excellent way of furthering their career or opening up new job prospects.
Our MA will deepen your understanding of Theology and bring you up to date with the latest developments in the field. The skills you will develop are highly relevant regardless of the path you take. You will learn to understand other people’s viewpoints, to communicate and debate effectively, to work independently and as part of a group. We will encourage you to use your own initiative and keep an open mind while training you in a range of academic, personal and professional skills. Some of our recent graduates have gone on to work in a variety of related fields such as:
- Assistant Curate
- Chaplains Assistant
- Junior Pastoral Assistant
- Legal Assistant
- Marketing Assistant
- Ministry Trainee
- Publicity and Fundraising Manager
- Registry Officer
- Youth and Families Worker
Careers and employment support
While studying at Exeter you can also access a range of activities, advice and practical help to give you the best chance of following your chosen career path. For more information visit our Careers pages.
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