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Durham University

Department of Theology and Religion

Research Centres

Centre for Catholic Studies

The Department is delighted to announce the dual establishment of the UK's first Centre for Catholic Studies within the mainstream, fully public academy and, with this, the UK's first permanently endowed Chair of Catholic theology, the Bede Chair of Catholic Theology.

For further information, visit the Centre for Catholic Studies website.

Centre for Death and Life Studies

The Centre exists to foster and conduct research into life-values, beliefs, and practices that relate to living and dying. It seeks to encourage and facilitate interdisciplinary approaches wherever possible between the humanities, the social and life-sciences and medicine. It also benefits from the support of Durham University's Institute of Advanced Study. For more information, please visit the centre's website.

Centre for Spirituality, Theology and Health

This project is a collaborative venture with the School of Health, and is led from the Department of Theology and Religion by Professor Chris Cook, working alongside Dr Robert Song and others.

The Centre aims to promote interdisciplinary research and teaching within Durham University in the subject areas of spirituality, theology and mental health, and to contribute to discussion and policy process in both religious communities and within the health and social care services.

For further information, visit the centre's website.


CODEC is a research initiative based at St John's College in Durham - a new institution in a hundred year old College exploring the interfaces between the Bible, the digital environment and contemporary culture.

For further information, visit CODEC's website

Michael Ramsey Centre for Anglican Studies

Created in 2016, this new interdisciplinary Centre is based in the Department of Theology and Religion, and works in collaboration with scholars in English Studies, History, and Music, and in partnership with Durham Cathedral. The purpose of the Centre is to investigate the rich diversity of Anglican traditions as global religious, artistic, and political phenomena. For more information please visit the Michael Ramsey Centre for Anglican Studies.