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Theology and Religion at Exeter


Theology and Religion at Exeter is a centre of excellence for teaching and research across a broad and diverse range of interests within the discipline. We are a dynamic and friendly team who offer intellectually challenging and wide-ranging teaching, and a flourishing research culture.

Research-led teaching

  • Top 100 worldwide for Theology and Religion (QS World University Subject Rankings 2022)
  • Top 10 in UK subject rankings - The Complete University Guide 2022 and The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022
  • First in the Russell Group in the National Student Survey 20191
  • No. 1 in the UK for our world-leading research in Theology and Religious Studies2
  • Varied programme including biblical studies, Judaism and Christianity, philosophy of religion, ethics, science and religion, theology and art
  • Opportunities to take a work placement, field trips or study abroad

High quality research

  • Two Centres and a Network provide a particular focus for research activity and public engagement: the Centre for Biblical Studies, the Exeter Centre for Ethics and Practical Theology (EXCEPT, formerly the Centre for the Learning Church), and the Network for Religion in Public Life
  • We have a high success rate in our bids for research-council funding, and are active in developing projects involving other scholars and disciplines within the University and wider world
  • We have a strong track record of supervising PhD students in a wide range of areas, and provide excellent training and resources to help students develop research skills and get a good start in their careers
  • Our excellent support for postgraduate students includes AHRC and other studentships
  • A distinctive feature of Theology and Religion at Exeter is our commitment to multi-disciplinary work. Theologians, philosophers, biblical scholars and historians contribute to a shared conversation about the central questions in our fields

1 Based on the average percentage of positive responses across all survey categories for full service universities

2 Research Excellence Framework 2021