Religions & Theology at Manchester
Religions and Theology at Manchester has the highest international reputation for its research. Awarded the top 5* in both 1996 and 2001 Research Assessment Exercises, from 2001-2008 it was the only unit in the UK to hold a rating of 6*. In the 2008 Assessment, there was no directly equivalent score for individual Departments. Manchester had the fourth largest submission in the UK, and was placed 6th nationally for overall quality. We were the leading Department for Religions and Theology, those ahead of it being overwhelmingly concerned with Christian Studies (or Jewish Studies) alone; 65% of our research was rated world-leading (4*) or internationally excellent (3*)..
Alongside excellence in research and teaching, Manchester's key qualities in Religions and Theology are breadth and depth. Whether you come here to study for MA or for a research degree, Manchester will generally be able to offer in-depth teaching in your area of interest. One indication of the range of expertise is in the choice of specific MA programmes available: Biblical Studies, Jewish Studies, Religion and Political Life, South Asian Studies, and Theology, Culture and Society. However, this is only part of the story. At both MA and research level, we also offer teaching in many other subjects. These can be seen in the descriptions of staff research interests.
Our research culture is particularly expressed in our internationally-recognised research centres: Centre for Biblical Studies, Centre for Jewish Studies, Centre for Late Antiquity (run with other disciplines), Centre for Religion and Political Culture, and the Lincoln Theological Institute. The Centre for Applied South Asian Studies has been re-located to www.casas.org.uk.
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Third year student comments from the National Student Survey (2011)
"The level of teaching that I have received has been exceptional and has motivated me."
"The lecturers have been absolutely brilliant extremely passionate about the subject, and really supportive both academically and personally."
"The module options are very varied, allowing a degree which suits most, if not all needs. The library has a very wide range of sources for the course. Staff are approachable and willing to help."
"In particular, the variety of modules and subject areas offered is outstanding. The lecturers get to know you on a one-to-one basis, and are aware of your individual potential, academic strengths and weaknesses. The course is highly structured, well organised and the dedication from the staff are excellent. They are all passionate about there areas and this passion shines through."
More Student Feedback on Studying Religions and Theology at Manchester
"Manchester is a very social and lively city, with everything available from belly dancing and bars to caporera, yoga and meditation! Living in halls also means that it's an excellent environment for meeting new people." David Few, 3rd year
"Manchester is an amazing city! I love the culture and the lifestyle here... The students' union provided events for everyone, every night ensuring that people feel welcome and have ample opportunity to socialise and meet new friends." Jennie Killip, 3rd year
"A number of the R&T lecturers are extremely inspiring, to the extent that it is simply a privilege to be able to sit in on their lectures."
Hannah Atkinson, 3rd year
"Manchester to me is a vibrant city. Public transport is excellent." Edward Boakye, 1st year
R 'n' Tease
R 'n' Tease is a monthly newsletter that is put together by staff and students in the department. To find out what's been going on over the past few months, click on the links at the foot of this page. If you've got a story that you'd like to be included in the newsletter, feel free to get in touch with the departmental administrator, Antonia Canal (email@example.com), with your idea.