"We are a lively and friendly community of theologians and biblical critics committed to pursuing world-class research, and to providing the best undergraduate and postgraduate experience in our fields in the country."
Dr Esther D Reed
Head of Theology and 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.
- Our students enjoy studying here - 1st in the National Student Survey (2012)1
- Our varied programme includes applied theology, philosophy of religion, science and religion, ethics, biblical studies, Christian doctrine and history.
- Top 5 for Theology in the Guardian, The Times Good University and Complete University guides 2013
- Student feedback on our teaching is some of the best in the University, and we are constantly trying to improve what we do.
- Undergraduate students can add value to their studies through work placements, field trips and study abroad.
High quality research
- In the latest Research Assessment Exercise, 85% of our work was recognised as being of international quality and 50% was rated as internationally excellent or world leading.
- Two Centres and a Network provide a particular focus for research activity and public engagement: the Centre for Biblical Studies, the Exeter Centre for Ecumenical 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.
1based on the percentage of positive responses for full service universities