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MA Theology

Course Description

One of the big strengths of our Theology MA is how well it matches the current research interests of our academic staff. That means you get the maximum benefit of our expertise whichever module options you choose. We will train you in research methodologies and skills so that you can engage with key texts and sources, we can also help you develop expertise in biblical languages as well as Latin, patristic Greek and Aramaic if you need it.

You will have the chance to take an interdisciplinary approach to Theology, which is increasing in popularity and importance with Research Councils. You might choose to exchange insights with disciplines like Philosophy, Anthropology, Sociology, Archaeology, Classics and Ancient History.

We pride ourselves on being a friendly and supportive department. We are always happy to make time to talk to you one-to-one and give you all the support you need to be a success. We hope you will join us at Exeter and become an active part of our vibrant research community.

Programme Structure

The degree normally involves five taught modules and a dissertation.

Compulsory modules

The compulsory modules can include; Research Skills in Theology; Dissertation; Research Proposal in Theology ; Evaluative Bibliographical Diary and Philosophy of the Social Sciences.

Optional modules

Some examples of the optional modules which may be available are; Reception of Christian and Jewish Traditions; Intermediate Biblical Hebrew; Introducing Biblical Hebrew; Theology, Ethics and Public Issues; Reading Early Jewish and Christian Texts; Approaches to Biblical Studies

The modules listed here provide examples of what you can expect to learn on this degree course based on recent academic teaching. The precise modules available to you in future years may vary depending on staff availability and research interests, new topics of study, timetabling and student demand

Visit the MA Theology page on the University of Exeter website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Alan Hooker

2246.jpg I had recently completed my undergraduate degree in theology, and taking a Masters in Biblical Studies allowed me to focus on those areas of my undergraduate course which I found interesting.

For me, it’s about interacting with a range of outlooks. The course gives you ample opportunities to express your opinions through lectures, seminars and essays, and for me the enjoyment is in having your points of view taken seriously by people who are scholars in your field.

One of the main reasons for studying at Exeter was the high level of student satisfaction that it constantly receives. Moreover, 85 per cent of the Theology department’s research is considered of international quality, and the department always ranks highly in the Times’ university guide. Since I wish to get involved in academia in the future, these aspects of the department gave me the impetus to study here. If that isn’t enough, Dr Stavrakopoulou’s recent TV appearance on Bible’s Buried Secrets certainly gives the department its celebrity endorsement.


Funding for Postgraduate Study - 20+ Awards

We offer a range of postgraduate scholarships and studentships for talented students. For 2016 entry, the total value of scholarships for taught postgraduate programmes exceeds £500,000. This is in addition to over 100 PhD studentships we make available each year.Students who reside in England and are interested in our Masters programmes can now take advantage of the UK government's postgraduate loan scheme which offers loans of up to £10,000.

Value of Scholarship(s)



Varies, but most awards are competitive and merit-based.

Application Procedure

Please see the details of each scheme as listed in our search: http://www.exeter.ac.uk/studying/funding/search

Further Information


Entry Requirements

Normally a 2:1 Honours degree in Theology or a related subject. Please see our website for full details

Course Fees

See our web site for more information (click on "Finance") website

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