In recent years the department has welcomed postgraduate students from the USA, Austria, Australia, Italy, Hungary, Hong Kong, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Nigeria 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.
Staff work to the highest standards, studying primary texts in the original language (whether that be Greek, Hebrew, or Arabic) and using secondary sources in various modern languages. The department incorporates the Centre of Theology and Philosophy -directed by Dr Connor Cunningham - and the Centre for Bible, Ethics and Theology - directed by Dr Carly Crouch.
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
- 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 Studies
- Christian-Muslim Relations
- Science and theology, particularly quantum physics