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About us

Our beginnings

We were founded 1947 by esteemed and world-renowned scholar F F Bruce. Our courses have been the home to ground-breaking, cutting edge research since their inception.

Today it is home to a broad range of students from a range of faith backgrounds and none, from across the UK and the world. 

Why choose us?

We are truly interdisciplinary.

Did you know that we are home to world-renowned scholars and inspiring teachers who specialise in:

  • literature
  • history
  • media and politics
  • cultural studies
  • visual arts
  • sociology
  • the classics
  • ancient worlds
  • television, film, and popular culture
  • and languages?

With us, you can study a range of different disciplines, or focus on the one that you enjoy the most. We offer a wide range of modules that receive excellent feedback from our students.  

Staff profiles

Research areas and projects

Modules for undergraduate students

Modules for taught postgraduates

You'll benefit from small class-sizes, but you'll remain well-connected.

 This means that with us, you’ll never be just another face in the crowd. Our lecturers and staff will know you by name and can offer you an interactive lecture experience in which we will have conversations with you, and not simply talk at you.

We’re part of The Faculty of Arts and Humanities, which brings our discipline together with those of the Departments of PhilosophyArchaeologyHistory and Music as well as The Schools of English and Languages and Cultures. There are lots of opportunities to engage with students in the Faculty (and not just the course) and you will benefit from the skills and expertise that our colleagues can offer you.

Faculty of Arts and Humanities

Undergraduate teaching and support

Postgraduate community

Faculty of Arts and Humanities Graduate School

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 You will be given the opportunity to study languages.

We are uniquely positioned to offer our undergraduate students (and students from around the University) the opportunity to study Biblical Hebrew and Greek.

This isn't compulsory, but a multilingual approach to reading the Bible will enable you to understand the nuances of biblical texts. Through the University's Languages for All scheme, you can also take language modules from other University departments while pursuing your degree with us. You can choose from Arabic, Catalan, Chinese (Mandarin), Czech, Dutch, English, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latin, Luxembourgish, Polish, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.

For more information on the wide ranges of modules we offer we offer, please visit:

Undergraduate Modules

MA Modules

We offer you an international experience and a global perspective.

You can study abroad in Canada or Australia and benefit from the teaching at partner universities.

Around the World: Our International Reputation

Information for International students

We value diversity.

Our students, staff and academics come from a range of faith backgrounds and none, from all corners of the world, and bring to our courses a rich variety of interpretations of the Bible. We will help you uncover Hidden Perspectives on biblical texts, we will enable you to understand biblical art, history and literature in global and postcolonial contexts, and we will encourage you consider the gender, race, class and (inter)national dynamics of biblical interpretation.

Research Areas

You'll earn a degree that has real world relevance.

We offer our students the opportunity to work with schools, community groups, and external partners. Whether you’re interested in enhancing your CV with employers, or if you just want to make a difference to the community we live in, you’ll have every opportunity to put your degree to good use. Our Religion in the City project allows you to get work experience in range of education and community settings, and we have specialist modules, which offer you placement and work experience opportunities.

Public engagement in Religion, Theology and the Bible

Undergraduate module listings

Postgraduate Research Training