Research projects in the department include the areas of Hebrew Bible and New Testaments, hermeneutics, systematic theology, historical theology, philosophical theology, continental philosophy, philosophy of religion, Jewish philosophy, modern religious history, theology and literature, theology and natural science, and Islam and politics.
All departmental staff have proven success in their own research. Staff work to the highest standards, studying primary texts in the original language (whether that be Greek, Hebrew, Aramaic or Arabic) and using secondary sources in various modern languages. The University library has online access to all books published in Britain and Ireland from the beginning of printing to 1800.
The department incorporates the Centre of Theology and Philosophy (CoTP) and the Centre of Bible, Ethics and Theology (CBET). CoTP investigates the historical interaction between Theology and Philosophy, the current relation between the disciplines, the analytic/continental divide and the question of the status of metaphysics. CBET promotes the idea of the Bible as a text and a phenomenon which can and should be integrated into contemporary discussion, including theological discourse on belief and practice.
Both centres organise international conferences and attract high quality postgraduate students to Nottingham at both Masters and Doctoral level.
The department is one of six in the School of Humanities.
The University of Nottingham is consistently named as one of the most targeted universities by Britain’s leading graduate employers
(Ranked in the top 10 in The Graduate Market 2013-2019, High Fliers Research)