MA Theology

Duration Full time 1 year
Part time 2 years
  • Theology and Religion
LocationExeter (Streatham)
Start date September


One of the big strengths of our Theology MA is how well it matches the current research interests of our academic staff. That means you get the maximum benefit of our expertise whichever module options you choose. We will train you in research methodologies and skills so that you can engage with key texts and sources, we can also help you develop expertise in biblical languages as well as Latin, patristic Greek and Aramaic if you need it.

You will have the chance to take an interdisciplinary approach to Theology, which is increasing in popularity and importance with Research Councils. You might choose to exchange insights with disciplines like Philosophy, Anthropology, Sociology, Archaeology, Classics and Ancient History.

We pride ourselves on being a friendly and supportive department. We are always happy to make time to talk to you one-to-one and give you all the support you need to be a success. We hope you will join us at Exeter and become an active part of our vibrant research community.

Programme structure

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.

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.


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
  • Lecturer
  • Legal Assistant
  • Marketing Assistant
  • Ministry Trainee
  • Publicity and Fundraising Manager
  • Registry Officer
  • Reverend
  • Teacher
  • 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.

Research areas

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.

You can find out more about our Academic Staff and their research interests from the Theology web pages.


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.

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.

Entry requirements

Normally a minimum 2:1 Honours degree in Theology or related subject that contains some Theology. Professional qualifications or experience may also be considered.

Requirements for international students

If you are an international student, please visit our international equivalency pages to enable you to see if your existing academic qualifications meet our entry requirements.

English language requirements

IELTS (Academic)

Overall score 6.5. No less than 6.0 in any section.


Overall score 90 with minimum scores of 21 for writing, 21 for listening, 22 for reading and 23 for speaking.

Pearson Test of English (Academic)

58 with no less than 55 in all communicative skills.

Other accepted tests

Information about other acceptable tests of linguistic ability can be found on our English language requirements page.

Pre-sessional English

Applicants with lower English language test scores may be able to take pre-sessional English at INTO University of Exeter prior to commencing their programme. See our English language requirements page for more information.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees per year 2020/21

  • UK/EU: £8,750 full-time; £4,375 part-time
  • International: £18,500 full-time

Fee information

Fees can normally be paid by two termly instalments and may be paid online. You will also be required to pay a tuition fee deposit to secure your offer of a place, unless you qualify for exemption. For further information about paying fees see our Student Fees pages.

UK government postgraduate loan scheme

Postgraduate loans of up to £10,609 are now available for Masters degrees. Find out more about eligibility and how to apply.

2019 MA Theology Scholarship

We are very pleased to offer two scholarships for students applying to study MA Theology within the University of Exeter’s Department of Theology & Religion for September 2019 entry.

Global Excellence Scholarship

We are delighted to offer Global Excellence Scholarships for students of outstanding academic quality applying to postgraduate Taught programmes starting in autumn 2020.
Please note that this scholarship isn't offered for all our masters programmes.

Contact us

Admissions Office - Exeter

Web: Enquire online

Phone: 0300 555 6060 (UK callers)
+44 (0)1392 723044 (EU/International callers)

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