In recent years the department has welcomed postgraduate students from the USA, Austria, Australia, Romania, Taiwan, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Singapore and Korea, as well as from within the UK. Doctoral students from the USA, where the PhD is usually a taught programme, value the special research training provided by the department’s one-to-one supervision. Alongside supervision, the department holds staff/student seminars, providing opportunities for visiting scholars, departmental staff and research candidates to present papers in a context of friendly and sympathetic critique.
Although members of staff have their own specialisms, they understand theology to be a coherent and cohesive discipline and encourage dialogue and discussion both within our department and with other departments of the University.
The department has been officially ranked as one of the best research destinations by the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF2014). The REF2014 confirmed that Nottingham had retained its place in the top 10 elite theology departments across the UK, with 95% of its published research ranked as having international recognition in terms of originality, significance and rigour. The Department was ranked seventh in the discipline for ‘research power’, a measure of the quality and scale of research activity.
Staff work to the highest standards, studying primary texts in the original language (whether that be Greek, Hebrew, Aramaic or Arabic) and using secondary sources in various modern languages. The department incorporates the Centre of Theology and Philosophy -directed by Professor John Milbank - and the Centre for Bible, Ethics and Theology - directed by Dr Carly Crouch and Professor Roland Deines.
For research students, the Graduate Centre offers a comprehensive range of research training courses. Postgraduate students in the department may also register for German and French reading modules as needed for their research.
The department offers supervision for Master of Research (MRes), MA by Research, MPhil and PhD students in a wide range of areas:
- Ethics in the Hebrew Bible and ancient Near East, warfare, the history of Israel, prophecy and Deuteronomy
- New Testament, particularly the theology of Paul
- biblical theology
- ancient Judaism
- systematic theology
- church history in Britain and Ireland (particularly 16th and 19th century)
- continental philosophy of religion
- political theology
- theology, phenomenology and metaphysics
- theology, literature and the arts
- Jewish philosophy
- Islamic theology
- Christian-Muslim Relations
- science and theology, particularly quantum physics
- We are one of the leading theological departments in the country: the REF2014 confirmed that Nottingham had retained its place in the top 10 elite theology departments across the UK.
- Every member of staff is active in research and works to the highest standards, disseminating work with major academic publishers.