Research - Theology and Religious Studies
The Department has a lively culture of discussion and creativity which contributes towards setting the future agenda for reflection in theology and religious studies.
- Our research expertise spans a wide range of areas; all of our academic staff are internationally recognised in their fields.
- Much of our work is interdisciplinary, engaging with history, literature, philosophy, critical theory, politics, economics and natural science.
- We study primary texts in the original language (whether that be Greek, Hebrew, Aramaic or Arabic) and use secondary sources in various modern languages.
Research Excellence Framework (REF)
The REF is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. In the REF 2014 assessment:
- 97% of our research is rated of international standard
- 30% is considered world-leading
- we are ranked seventh for ‘research power’, a measure of the quality and scale of research activity.
More about the Research Excellence Framework
You don't have to have faith to study Theology, but you do need empathy. You need to be seriously interested in religion, and to realise that it’s important to people, both currently, and in the past. Whatever your own position, you need to recognise that most people in the world regard themselves as having faith, and that that has always been the case.
Professor Frances Knight, Head of Department
We are fully compliant with the University's research ethics guidelines.
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