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Theology and Religion
Dr Susannah Cornwall
We’re delighted to welcome you to the Department of Theology and Religion at Exeter. As you know, we pride ourselves on being a friendly and welcoming place to study, with a strong sense of community – while also maintaining the very highest standards of research and teaching.
At Exeter you will study religious beliefs and practices from around the world and throughout history, which will challenge your preconceptions and encourage you to understand different worldviews even while disagreeing with them.
You can tailor your degree to your own interests. This has been amazing, I have had interest in all my modules and selected modules which favour my strongest forms of assessment. Theology has transformed how to independently research, interpret and construct reasoned arguments.
I am in the University Hockey Club and represent the 1st team in the National Premier League and the BUCS South A League. Having the opportunity to play this standard of hockey and coach other teams, has been a highlight of my University experience. I would highly recommend joining a sports society whilst at university.
I transferred into the Department of Theology & Religion after having already been a student at Exeter for nearly a year, without having studied anything related to the subject since GCSEs. Even coming from a non-religious background, the quality of teaching and community spirit within the department made me feel immediately at home. I could not recommend the course enough!
I studied abroad in Germany as part of my course and have been involved with several societies. I represented students as part of the Guild Council, and have been Subject Chair for Theology & Religion.
I have thoroughly enjoyed the theology course, even though it is challenging at times. I am coming to the end of my final year, but it does not feel like three years. The course gives you the skills for undertaking essays, as you progress gradually through.
I have done what I expected to do when I applied for the degree, and more, including both practical elements of the course in first year when we analysed churches in Exeter. I also do Bell Ringing as a second activity, for which I was Treasurer this year.
My time at Exeter University has been invaluable, not only for my academic development, but also in shaping who I am today.
Through taking a wide range of fascinating modules and with the guidance of supportive lecturers, I discovered love for languages, both ancient and modern and Semitics. I was able to tailor my modules to suit this.
I graduated with a first in Theology with Proficiency in Arabic this summer. I was impressed by the warm welcome the Theology Department gave me, the beauty of the campus and the university’s facilities. On top of that, Exeter is a Russell Group University… it was a bit of a no-brainer for me!
The Flexible Combined Honours aspect of the degree also helped me shape my learning and gave me a vast range of opportunities – I was able to take courses in Middle Eastern History and Arabic… Something I never thought I would be interested in before I came to university!
I'm almost certain that most Theology & Religion students at Exeter will agree that there is something truly special about the department here. As students, we are treated as holistic beings with personal interests and dreams.
The range of modules available to us means that we have a significant amount of control over what our degrees look like in terms of content and areas of interest.
My course has been amazing. I have had the opportunity to study so many different things that most would assume do not come under theology. I have loved the opportunity to explore things I have never considered. It’s a lot less formal than I expected.
Theology is such a small department that you do get to know everyone which has been great I don’t know how much I would have enjoyed the courses that have hundreds of students.