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Department of Theology, Philosophy and Religious Studies

Who we work with

As a Department of Theology, Philosophy and Religious Studies, we are embedded in the Faculty of Arts & Humanities and base our teaching on the convictions that lie at the heart of the Liberal Arts. The Faculty combines the highest level of international research with a personal, ‘hands on’ approach to teaching the textual, historical, social, intellectual, religious and political dimensions of Christian Theology, World Religions, and the Philosophy of Religion.

We are unique in Europe in being the only interdisciplinary department built upon an ecumenical foundation. We have a noted speciality in the Continental Philosophy of Religion and the Hope-based Association for the Continental Philosophy of Religion is a unique institution within the general field of philosophy, which has established a growing international reputation. The department, moreover, has close working relations with the Roman Catholic Archdiocese and with the Church of England Diocese.

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   Hope Chapel, as seen with the sun setting  


National Centre for Christian Education (NCCE)

The mission of the National Centre for Christian Education (NCCE) is to offer high quality scholarship, leadership and practice in the field of Christian Education. We aim to do this in conversation with theology and education to support ministry, teaching, learning and research across denominational settings.


Hope Formation

Hope Formation is a support network for Sixth Form students and staff involved in the study of theology, philosophy and religion. It directly challenges the prevailing view which regards teachers as 'producers' and students as 'customers'. In so doing, it offers those involved, opportunities to reflect on what is of real worth and value. It does this primarily by highlighting the unique and distinctive contribution an engagement with religion and philosophy makes to human fulfilment and happiness, and by emphasizing the crucial importance of creativity and the imagination.