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Undergraduate Study

Theology and Religion

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No1 in the UK for our world-leading research in Theology and Religious Studies

Research Excellence Framework 2021

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Top 100 in the world for Theology

QS World University Subject Rankings 2024

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Top 10 in UK subject rankings

The Complete University Guide 2025 and The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2024.

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Opportunities for study abroad and employment experience in the UK or abroad

Theology and Religion is one of the most challenging and stimulating subjects you can study. Religion is a major factor that shapes the world in which we live. All religions raise ethical and philosophical questions that are among the most fundamental we face as human beings: Is there a meaning and purpose to human existence? Is there a god or gods? How should we understand good and evil? How do we decide what’s right or wrong in relation to war and peace, birth and death, sex, and the environment? Can we better understand the tensions in Eastern Europe, the Middle East or Northern Ireland if we first understand the religious traditions that often separate communities from one another?

Studying Theology and Religion at Exeter gives you the opportunity to wrestle with these questions in depth, through a disciplined and rigorous framework. Good theology engages with the political, cultural and social issues that affect our lives and communities, and we offer a demanding and rewarding programme enabling you to develop a wide range of skills that will stretch your intellectual abilities to the full. You will work as a historian, anthropologist, literary critic and philosopher, gaining all the essential skills you need to be fully equipped for a wide range of future careers.

Our department is welcoming and supportive, with a lively and dynamic team of scholars of theology, religion, history, ethics, philosophy of religion, biblical studies and anthropology. We pride ourselves on the quality of our undergraduate programmes, and our members of staff are at the forefront of innovative research; our research feeds directly into your undergraduate studies, ensuring you are taught cutting-edge ideas that are relevant to contemporary society. Our research interests and teaching expertise span a wide range of subject areas, with particular research strengths, including: biblical studies, the reception of Christian and Jewish traditions, disability studies, religion in the public sphere, sex and gender, and religious art and architecture.

Our broad and varied curriculum is taught by enthusiastic staff. You do not have to be religious to find the issues our Theology and Religion programmes raise (or the ways in which we tackle them) compelling. Our friendly department is made up of students and staff with diverse opinions and ideas about religion and faith, atheism and secularism. All you need is the desire to study with enthusiasm and an open mind. 

I have thoroughly enjoyed studying at Exeter. One of the best things about Theology and Religion is that all the modules in your second and third year are optional so it is possible to tailor your degree to your own specific interests.

This has been amazing because not only has this meant that I have had an interest in all my modules but it has also allowed me the opportunity to select the modules which favour my strongest forms of assessment.

Along with this flexibility, Theology and Religion has transformed the way that I have learnt to independently research, interpret and construct reasoned arguments. As such, I would definitely encourage anyone looking to study Theology and Religion to choose Exeter. Outside of academic work, I am a member of Exeter University Hockey Club and represent the 1st team in the National Premier League on the weekends and the BUCS South A League on Wednesdays. Having the opportunity to play this standard of hockey, coach other teams and just be part of such a great club has certainly been the highlight of my University Experience.

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BA Theology and Religion