Research in Philosophy, Theology and Religion


The School of Philosophy, Theology and Religion has a lively research culture across a wide range of areas, from the philosophy of mind, ethics, and philosophy of religion, to Christian-Muslim relations and the study and production of electronic editions of texts, such as the Canterbury Tales and the Greek New Testament.

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Research centres

We are home to six centres of research excellence, involving the leading researchers in their field, making the School the foremost place to study a number of sub-disciplines within philosophy, theology and religion.

Research groups

We are also home to several research groups and clusters, each with a wealth of knowledge and expertise, bringing together academics and postgraduate students to collaborate and discuss research.

Research activities

The School has a busy programme of research seminars, conferences and workshops. Recent events have included a Biblical Studies study day, a 'Faith for the City' conference, a conference on the Concept of God and the Cognitive Science of Religion, and workshops on the philosophy of psychiatry and the philosophy of consciousness. The School is also home to the annual Edward Cadbury Lectures, the annual conference of the Centre for the Study of Global Ethics, and Royal Institute of Philosophy events.

We are also home to over two hundred postgraduate research students and several postdoctoral fellows, who enrich our research culture in numerous ways. Postgraduate activities include regular seminars in philosophy and Islamic studies, and a recent postgraduate conference on pain.

Departmental research