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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 of Religion

Theology and Religion at Exeter


The Department of 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 the Department 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