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Welcome to the Department of Theology and Religion at Durham

Our Durham Department of Theology and Religion is one of the largest in the UK, a diverse intellectual community of 50 academics, over 150 postgraduate students, and more than 70 undergraduates in each year.  We use a variety of perspectives and methods to explore the ways that human beings have had, and continue to have, fundamental beliefs or worldviews concerning the world and our role within it. In our Department all beliefs and worldviews are taken seriously, respected, and studied, across the range of religious and non-religious perspectives.

We consistently rank among the very top Departments of Theology and Religion in the UK, and in the world.  Our range of degree programmes enables students to explore their interests in the fields of theology, philosophy, religious studies, biblical studies, and ethics.  Taught by researchers at the cutting-edge of their disciplines, our alumni are heavily in demand in a very wide range of jobs and professions.

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3rd Complete University Guide 2023
6th in QS World University Rankings by Subject 2023
4th in the UK for Research Power REF 2021
2018 winner of the Athena Swan Bronze Award
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New MA in Catholic Theology (Distance Learning)

This is an exciting new programme which is led by Durham University's Centre for Catholic Studies and the Department of Theology and Religion.

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Theology and Religion: What is it like?

Find out more about studying Theology and Religion at Durham University.

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Study with us

With 32 academic staff, some 150 postgraduates and an annual undergraduate intake of 71 makes us one of the most varied and dynamic departments in the UK. Together, we form a lively and welcoming community to those of all faiths and to those of none.

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Our location

We are located in the beautiful city of Durham with its home in Abbey House, right next to Durham Cathedral, a UNESCO world Heritage site.

A beautiful and immensely exciting place to study and to research Theology and Religion.
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Day in the Life of a Theology Postgraduate

Find out from Postgraduate student, Hanna, what a day in our Department is like.

What’s it like studying Theology and Religion?

Would you like to study Theology and Religion? Find out about Dylan's experience.
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Department of Theology and Religion

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