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We are a large department with a full breadth of expertise

We have around 15 academics working across all the core disciplines of Christian theology, religious studies, biblical studies and philosophy, ethics and religion’ in a variety of interesting fields. Our size means you will always be taught by a subject specialist.

Because we have a large staff, we can offer multiple courses and a good range of module options in areas that draw on our wide ranging specialisms.

We offer opportunities to study abroad and benefit from fieldtrips in the UK and beyond

In addition to the University’s Study Abroad scheme, we offer our students the opportunity to leave the classroom and study religion through a first-hand engagement with religious communities and contexts, both home and away. In the past we have taken groups to Jerusalem (Israel-Palestine), Bengal (India) and Thessalonika (Greece). In 2019, Dr Alana Vincent is taking a group of students to Jerusalem for a week to explore questions related to the sanctity of material places, inter-faith relations, and religion and modern politics.

You will be taught by researching staff with international reputations

We are a research-active department who produce internationally excellent and world-leading research publications. At Chester, we ensure that the research we do informs the courses we design and deliver so that our students get to benefit from our interests.

We are committed to excellence in our teaching and in our support for students

At Chester, we hold together a commitment to academic rigour with a commitment to supporting students. You can expect to receive the highest quality teaching and to be intellectually challenged to achieve your best. You will receive the highest level of academic support from staff who are committed to your academic success and personal wellbeing.

We rank highly in the National Student Survey

100% course satisfaction in
Theology and Religious Studies NSS 2018

100% satisfaction
with teaching in Theology and Religious Studies NSS 2018
  • 100% overall student satisfaction National Student Survey 2018
  • 100% of our students think our courses are intellectually stimulating
  • We deliver exciting and inspirational courses that are up-to-date, capture students’ interests and engage with topical issues in our contemporary world
  • 100% of our students were able to contact us when they needed to.

Our students get jobs

According to Unistats 2018, 100% of students studying Theology and Religious Studies  degrees at Chester are working or studying within six months of finishing their course

Our courses are designed with employability in mind. 

Students and staff get to know each other quickly and easily

Hollybank is a warm, friendly and welcoming environment in which students and staff come to know each other quickly. Having our own building means that most of our staff offices are located in the same place where many of our students work, socialise and where we teach our courses. We are an approachable department who purposefully seek to build strong professional relationships with our students.