Students take modules each year worth a total of 120 credits. These are made up of a number of core modules, which are taken by everyone, and optional modules which offer individual choice. If you wish you can take as many as 90 credits during the course of your degree in modules offered outside the Department of Theology and Religion.
In your first year, most of the modules are core, so that you gain a solid grounding in the broad areas of study essential to theology: philosophy of religion and ethics, biblical studies, and Christian history and doctrine. You’ll also choose from a range of optional modules to begin exploring more specific areas of enquiry.
Half your work in the second year comprises optional modules, enabling you to pursue your particular interests in a diverse range of areas including religion past and present, science and religion, contemporary and applied theology, religion and public issues, and biblical literature and languages. For a list of modules, please see the Theology modules page.
In your third year, you’ll continue to ‘customise’ your degree to suit your particular interests because all of your studies will be chosen from a very wide range of optional modules. You’ll also write a dissertation on a topic of your choice.
For full details of all our modules, please see the Theology modules page.
Students studying Theology have the opportunity to study for half a year at a partner institution in Europe, North America or Australia or follow a four-year ‘with Study Abroad’ programme which allows you to spend your third year abroad. You may apply directly for the four-year programme or transfer from another programme once you are at Exeter. Full details of these schemes and of our partner institutions can be found on our Study Abroad webpages