Entry requirements

Students applying to enter directly into the MA by Research programme would normally be expected to have a Masters degree with Merit or equivalent in Theology, or other relevant qualifications such as a doctorate in another subject.

Months of entry

January, September, April

Course content

The Master by Research in Theology like other research degrees contains no taught element and offers you the opportunity to pursue a research project, without entering into the commitment of a PhD. As such, it’s ideal for those in employment who are interested in pursuing a specific shorter-term research project. The degree programme is intended both as an award in its own right or as a progression route to a PhD.

The Department adopts a ‘hands on’ approach to supervision which has proven effective with respect to successful completion. 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.

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. 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. You will also be able to take advantage of the University's Effective Researcher Development Programme.

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

If you are an international student, please visit our international equivalency pages to enable you to see if your existing academic qualifications meet our entry requirements.

English language requirements

IELTS (Academic)

Overall score 7.0 with a minimum score of 6.5 in the writing component and all other sections no less than 6.0.


Overall score 100 with minimum scores of 25 for writing, 21 for listening, 22 for reading and 23 for speaking.

Pearson Test of English (Academic)

65 with no less than 58 in all communicative skills.

Fees and funding

UK students
£4,400 (full-time) £2,200 (part-time)
International students
£16,400 (full-time)

Learn more at the fees and funding page.

Qualification and course duration

MA by research

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

Course contact details

Theology and Religion Office
+44 (0)1392 725306