Theology, Religion and Philosophy

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Welcome to the Department of Theology, Religion and Philosophy

The study of Theology, Religion and Philosophy has been at the heart of the University of Winchester since its inception.

In today’s complex and fast-changing multicultural world, serious enquiry into these time-honoured subjects is more vital and relevant than ever. There can be few better places to do this than Winchester. The department comprises nationally and internationally respected researchers with a wide range of interests and offers a broad and varied undergraduate programme. You will be taught by a lively, enthusiastic and highly qualified team of academics, committed to giving the best possible student experience.

Our degrees are a great preparation for many careers: recent graduates have gone into journalism, teaching, counselling, social work, law, religious ministry and commerce, as well as postgraduate study and research. We have the largest group of MPhil/PhD students in the University, working on a wide range of research topics.

We work closely with colleagues across the University engaged in religion-based research and teaching, such as the Centre for Religion, Reconciliation and Peace, the Institute for Value Studies and the Winchester Institute for Contemplative Education and Practice

Our links with faith communities and professional groups ensure that our research has impact well beyond the academic community. Philosopher Dr Timothy Secret is a former AHRC/BBC Radio 3 New Generation Thinker. We have close ties with Winchester Cathedral, we participate in community events such as the Greenbelt Festival, and we work closely with local authorities on projects such as Medieval Jewish Winchester. 


Public Engagement with research

Research and engagement events held by the department include conferences and free research seminars, as well as participation in external events. Email us if you would like to be kept up to date about our seminar series or other University events.

Recent events

West Hill Cemetery Virtual Tour

An online event for the 2020 Virtual Winchester Heritage Open Days. 

Find out more about the WHODS 2020 West Hill Cemetery Virtual Tour

Find out more about the West Hill Cemetery Project

Historic West Hill Cemetery, Winchester (image Emily Millis)

Christian Theology in the midst of Covid-19

An online conference that explored the role of theology in the current pandemic as it unfolds.

Find out more about the Christian Theology in the midst of Covid-19 conference.

Collaborative Provision

Sarum College are a Trusted Collaborative Partner, and the University of Winchester validates the following programmes:


Meet the Theology, Religion and Philosophy team

Academic team

TRP staff work closely with colleagues in the:

Emeritus Professors

Visiting Research/Knowledge Exchange Fellows

Research Fellows

Knowledge Exchange Fellows

Research in Theology, Religion and Philosophy

Research strengths

  • Hindu identities and traditions in modern transnational context
  • Orthodox Theology,Greek Patristics, Iconology, Ecclesiology, Liturgy, Christian Semiotics,
  • Sacred Art and Monasticism
  • Scripture and Old Testament
  • Mesopotamian religious beliefs 
  • Religion, Reconciliation and Peacebuilding
  • Political theology
  • Contemporary continental philosophy and its relation to the arts, technology and the sciences
  • Theological ethics, bioethics and the relationship between science and theology
  • Indigenous religions
  • Religions, nature and environmentalism
  • Death Studies
  • Religion in art and visual culture
  • Disability theology
  • Systematic theology
  • ​Continental philosophy of religion
  • Medieval Jewish Winchester

Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014

The Department of Theology, Religion and Philosophy carries out world-leading research with equally world-leading social impact, according to the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014), which graded 42% of Winchester’s Theology and Religious Studies submission as 'world-leading' (4*) or 'internationally excellent' (3*). Overall, 85% of our research in theology and religion was deemed of international quality (2* and above).

For economic, social and cultural impact, our Theology and Religious Studies submission was ranked 15th in the UK by Times Higher Education, with 20% ‘outstanding’ (4*) in its reach and significance, 70% ‘very considerable’ (3*) and 10% ‘considerable’ (2*).

Research publications in our Theology and Religious Studies submission included books on topics as diverse as animal ethics, Eastern Orthodoxy, interreligious dialogue, the Song of Songs, the theology of health, feminist theology, and the theology of Scripture.

Impact case studies

The research impact assessed in REF 2014 included a project on Religion and Peacebuilding in Nepal, led by Dr Mark Owen and Prof. Anna King of the University’s Centre of Religion, Reconciliation and Peace. Owen and King researched the contributions that religious groups could make to the ongoing peace process following a decade of civil war in Nepal. Their research led to a major national consultation in Kathmandu, bringing grassroots peacebuilders together with Government representatives, NGOs and other stakeholders. Their work has also led to discussions with the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office about religious peacebuilding in Nepal and elsewhere.

See all Theology and Religious Studies Impact Case Studies.

Postgraduate research supervision

We offer research supervision in a wide range of subjects. To find out more, explore our academic staff profile pages above for individual areas of supervision or use the Find an Expert search bar below.

Find out everything you need to know about studying for a postgraduate research degree at Winchester.