Our two Centres and 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.

Centre for Biblical Studies

Our research in biblical studies covers topics ranging from historical and archaeological studies to contemporary ethical and contextual interpretation, holding regular seminars and welcoming visiting research fellows.


The Exeter Centre for Ethics and Practical Theology (EXCEPT)'s goal is to foster and further theological and ethical research in contextual, practical and ministerial concerns. We are committed to developing theological and interdisciplinary research projects at all levels.

Network for Religion in Public Life

Founded in 2007, The Network for Religion in Public Life (NRPL) is an interdisciplinary research partnership. It links students and staff at the University of Exeter and partner institutions with shared interests in how religion interacts with public life.