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Department of Theology, Philosophy and Religious Studies

Research in the Department

One of the most startling things aspects of life in the early 21st century has been the continuing and increasing impact of religious issues and questions As a result, the frontiers of the academic study of Theology, Philosophy and Religious Studies are constantly expanding as we seek to understand the contribution that religion plays in shaping today’s globally-connected world.

That quest to broaden our knowledge of human thought, belief and action is at the heart of our Department. We are not just a body of teachers: we are a community of scholars who are investigating how human beings think, how they believe, and how all that effects the way in which they live their lives. Our research feeds into our teaching – and it is shared more broadly through our publications and our engagement with researchers from other universities and institutions at Conferences and in joint projects.

A flavour of the way in which members of the Department work with other researchers outside the University can be found by checking out the following links:


Research Excellence Framework 2014

In the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014), the Department of Theology, Philosophy and Religion had 100% of its research rated as internationally excellent for its impact. Furthermore, almost half of the Department's research was recognised as world-leading (4*) or internationally excellent (3*) and 15% of our research output was rated as world leading.


PhD and MPhil Supervision

Students conducting high-level research under our supervision are vital members of our research community. All members of the Department are engaged in supervising MPhil and PhD theses, and welcome enquiries from form people who are interested in working in our fields of research; please check out the individual staff pages to learn more about our own research focuses.


Research Centres

The Department hosts two research centres. These provide a focus for research activity and regularly convene conferences that draw academics to Hope from across the World. They sponsor guest lectures across the course of the year, and they host visiting fellows and professors:

Members of the Department also work closely together in projects relating to the themes of Hermeneutics, Methodist Studies and Mysticism.