Research course

Theology and Religion

University of Exeter · Theology
PhDMPhilMA by research

Entry requirements

Please contact the College of Social Sciences and International Studies for details.

MA by research; MPhil; PhD

Months of entry

January, September, April

Course content

The research culture at Exeter is characterised by conversation that crosses sub-disciplinary boundaries (biblical studies, patristics, historical theology, systematics, ethics and philosophical theology), and is sustained by a variety of formal and informal means. We work hard to include research students in that conversation.

To support your research, the College offers an established series of courses in generic research skills and the department offers various fora to enable research students, staff and distinguished visiting theologians to exchange ideas, encourage each others’ research, and present papers. Alongside regular informal meetings of various kinds, staff and postgraduate students participate in the fortnightly research seminars in Biblical Studies and Theological Studies, plus the postgraduate study day. Staff are actively involved in societies such as the Society for the Study of Theology and the Society for New Testament Study, and postgraduates are encouraged to attend and present papers.

The main areas of study in the department include; Religion and ethics in public life; Biblical studies and biblical interpretation; Christian theology and the learning church and Philosophical reflection and aspects of human life.

There are three research centres, the Centre for Biblical Studies; the Centre for the Learning Church and the Network for Religion in Public Life.

Department specialisms

The Department has strengths in: Biblical studies; Ethics and applied theology; Reception of Christian and Jewish traditions Research Centres: The Centre for Biblical Studies The Exeter Centre for Ethics and Practical Theology (EXCEPT) The Network for Religion in Public Life

Information for international students

We warmly welcome international students to all three of our beautiful campuses. At present 4,000 students from over 130 countries contribute to a thriving international community.

Visit our website for details of our academic and English language requirements, along with details of English language support.

Fees and funding

UK students
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International students
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The University of Exeter invests significantly in a range of funding opportunities for talented prospective postgraduates. Please visit our website for further details. Here you can search our database for funding opportunities suitable for your area of interest.

Qualification and course duration


part time
72-84 months
full time
36-48 months


full time
24-36 months
part time
48-60 months

MA by research

full time
12-24 months
part time
24-36 months
distance learning
12-36 months

Course contact details

Theology and Religion Office
+44 (0)1392 725306