Postgraduate study in Theology and Religion

Research is at the heart of our departmental life. If you decide to join us for postgraduate study, you will become part of a diverse and vibrant group of students from many parts of the world. We combine a strong commitment to research and scholarship with a friendly and welcoming atmosphere. 

Graduate students in all of these fields are invited to become part of our academic community — in which both discipline-specific and multi-disciplinary skills are nurtured and tested, and in which academic staff work closely with research students to encourage creativity and enable critical thought. We place strong emphasis on research-inspired teaching, and our department enjoys an excellent reputation for teaching of the highest quality. Our research centres include The Centre for Biblical Studies, The Exeter Centre for Ethics and Practical Theology (EXCEPT), and The Network for Religion in Public Life.

  • Top 50 worldwide for Theology and Religion (QS World University Rankings 2018)
  • Top 10 for Theology and Religion in the National Student Survey 2017
  • 2nd in the UK for world-leading and internationally excellent research
  • Top 5 in all major UK league tables
  • £900,000 external research funding awarded over the past 4 years
  • 15 fully funded doctoral studentships over the last 3 years
  • Theologians, philosophers, biblical scholars, and historians join in one united research culture to exchange and develop ideas