Entry requirements

Students applying to enter directly into the MPhil/PhD 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 Department adopts a ‘hands on’ approach to PhD 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. We work hard to include research students in that conversation.

All students have a primary and a secondary supervisor, and a mentor whose responsibilities are more pastoral. You will work closely your supervisors over three to four years (full time PhD) or six to seven (part-time PhD) to develop, investigate and write-up a project at the cutting edge of theological research. We accept applications from students whose proposed projects fall in any of the research areas covered by our staff.

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.

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.

TOEFL IBT*

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

MPhil

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

PhD

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

Course contact details

Name
Theology and Religion Office
Email
theology@exeter.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)1392 725306