Since the University's foundation in 1832, Durham has aimed to foster education and research in Theology and Religion which is second to none in the world.
Our success has been measured in recent league tables. We are listed as the UK’s number 1 department of Theology or Religious Studies in the 2013 Times Good University Guide. In the UK’s most recent Research Assessment Exercise we were rated as the top department in the field both by GPA and by proportion of world-leading research. We have routinely achieved 95% or greater student satisfaction ratings in the National Student Survey (96% in 2012). Our success is also measured in our recent expansion. We have 21 permanent academic staff, expected to rise to 25 by 2013-14. Our annual undergraduate intake rose to 71 in 2012, along with over 150 postgraduates.
Beyond the numbers, we nourish a vibrant community of all faiths and none, learning and researching Biblical studies, Christian theology and the sociological and anthropological study of religion. We aim to lead our students to think rigorously and independently both within and beyond their own traditions, and to train students at all levels to think as researchers. We also provide continuous pastoral and career-development care for all students. (In the 2013 Times Graduate Prospect table, our undergraduates secured 84%, the third best in the country.)
If you are looking for first-rank education and research in Theology and Religion which is authentic, rigorous, international in outlook, up-to-date in methods, and which draws on deep roots, you have come to the right place.
- 28 May 2013 17:15: 'Your workbench is your altar' - Taking the Eucharist to Work - Patricia Kelly, Durham University
- 5 June 2013 18:00: Poverty, Persecution, and Possession: Aspects of the Jesuit Mission in North-East England, 1588–1688 - Thomas McCoog SJ, Fordham
- 11 June 2013 17:15: Japanese Cripto-Catholicism - Prof. Seth Kunin, Durham University
New academic staff appointed
(16 May 2013) » More about New academic staff appointed
Complete University Guide ranking
The 2014 Complete University Guide in which Durham University is ranked 5th in the UK overall, lists Durham once again in 2nd place for Theology and Religion, ahead of Oxford and a whisker behind Cambridge. We are particularly pleased to see that we beat both Oxford and Cambridge on student satisfaction and on graduate prospects.
(9 May 2013)
Another theology doctoral student appointed to lecturing post
The Department of Theology and Religion, in conjunction with Leeds Trinity University, is pleased to announce that one of our PhD students, Patricia Kelly, has just been appointed part-time Senior Lecturer in Catholic Studies at Leeds Trinity.
Historic theological training contract signed between Durham University and the Church of England
(29 Apr 2013)
Awards and Distinctions
Durham Theology and Religion retains leading position in the 2014 CUG
(10 May 2013)
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