The Faculty of Theology and Religion at Oxford hosts one of the largest groups of active researchers in Theology in Britain. It is recognised nationally and internationally for the excellence of its research in all major areas of Biblical Studies, Christian theology, Church History and, increasingly, the study of religions. Research students studying at Masters and doctoral level, together with post-doctoral fellows enhance the vibrancy of the Faculty's research culture. We welcome applications from prospective students in each of the four broad areas into which the Faculty's work is organised: Old Testament, New Testament, History, Doctrine and Ethics, or Study of Religions. Individual members of staff will gladly discuss possible applications with students; all can be contacted by email.

The Faculty of Theology and Religion achieved a superb result in the national Research Assessment Exercise of 2008. It submitted more researchers than any other department of the Theology, Divinity or Religious Studies (41 in total; Cambridge came next with 32); 65% of all the researchers it submitted were ranked in categories 3* and 4*, meaning that they were acknowledged as producing work of internationally-recognized or world-leading quality (30% were classified as world-leading researchers).

Several scholars in the Faculty have successfully won large research awards from external funding bodies in recent years. These have supported the Faculty's different research centres including the Ian Ramsey Centre for the study of science and religion and the MacDonald Centre for Theology, Ethics and Public Life, and also its projects such as the Prophecy project and the Early Christian Gospels project. The Faculty enjoys close collaboration with other institutions, particularly the universities of Bonn and Leiden with whom it holds regular seminars.

Endowed lectures and lecture series such as the Bampton and Hensley Hensen lectures enhance the Faculty's research environment. Regular seminars meet in all the areas of the Faculty's research activity and members of the Faculty regularly host conferences. The unparalleled resources of the Bodleian library, departmental and college libraries in Oxford greatly enhance the research and scholarship of Faculty members.

Oxford's Faculty of Theology and Religion has one of the most active research groups in all aspects of Christian theology of any British university. Its research programmes in the study of religion have been strengthened over recent years, and so have its interdisciplinary links and research collaborations with national and international partners. Each of the main areas of research within the Faculty has its own dedicated regular seminar, in which the participation of academic staff and research students is strongly encouraged. The range of its activities makes Oxford an exciting place to study theology, where teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate level draws directly on current research.


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Address: Faculty of Theology and Religion, Gibson Building, Radcliffe Observatory Quarter, Woodstock Road, Oxford OX2 6GG.

For general enquiries, contact the General Administrator.
Telephone: +44 (0)1865 270790

For enquiries about graduate admissions contact the Graduate Studies Administrator.
Telephone: +44 (0)1865 270714

For enquiries about undergraduate admissions, contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office.
Telephone: +44 (0)1865 288000

For enquiries about outreach and access, contact the Schools Liaison Officer.
Telephone: +44 (0)1865 282353