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TOP UK Universities Rankings for Theology and Religious Studies 2021


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TOP UK Universities Rankings for Theology and Religious Studies 2021

Great Britain is a historically Christian country with a long history. Theology here was initially interpreted as the study of dogmas, rules, the history of the Christian religion, in the early era - Catholicism. In the 16th century, the Protestant branch of Christian teaching became the main one in the country.

The history of universities in Britain teaching Christian theology and theology begins at the beginning of the 2nd millennium AD. Some of the oldest universities in England and the world - Oxford (from the 11th century) and Cambridge (from the 13th century) - trained scientists-theologians, were created precisely for this.

As the British Empire grew, it conquered new colonies, the ethnic composition of the nation changed, and many adherents of other religions appeared in the state. The situation changed especially strongly with the development of British democracy in the late XX - early XXI century. With the changes in the country, the approach to teaching theology also changed: gradually, other world religions, for example, Islam, began to be studied in the departments of theology. However, in the UK, more than 50% of believers are still Protestants, so all students of theological colleges in British universities study Christianity as a scientific discipline.

Oxford University was the first to deviate from this rule, which in 2021 canceled the compulsory study of the basics of Christianity for students of theological departments. Teaching theological disciplines in Britain combines a long tradition with an accurate analysis of the current situation.

Not only future religious leaders study at the theological faculties. Politicians, public figures, and artists also receive theological education. There are some students who need the study of religious thought for personal growth. All this was taken into account when drawing up various training programs: among them - philosophy and religious studies, art in theology and religious studies.

We present a ranking of the best British universities in theology and religious studies to help you choose a university to study abroad.

Rank Institution Entry Standards Student Satisfaction Research Quality Research Intensity Graduate Prospects Overall Score
1 Cambridge 193   3.12 0.9 90 100
2 Oxford 179   3.02 1 80 96.7
3 Durham 166 4.15 3.34 0.92 85 95.5
4 Exeter 156 4.32 3.01 0.93 85 94.6
5 St Andrews 192 4.59 2.93 0.7 70 94.4
6 Bristol 147 4.1 2.85 1 90 94
7 Lancaster 154 3.97 3.15 1 80 93.3
8 Birmingham 145 3.83 3.26 0.6 85 92.5
9 Edinburgh 156 4.1 3.09 0.89 75 92.5
10 Nottingham 135 4.18 3.01 0.98 80 92.3
11 Leeds 146 4.1 3.15 0.9 75 92.1
12 SOAS University of London 3.93 3.04 0.75 75 90.7
13 Liverpool Hope 120 4.46 2.37 0.83 80 90.2
14 Aberdeen 4.34 2.88 0.95 65 90
15 King's College London 156 3.88 3.08 0.72 65 89.9
16 Glasgow 139 4.23 2.56 0.84 70 89.7
17 Manchester 145 3.92 2.97 0.85 65 89.5
18 Kent 119 4 3.11 0.88 65 88.5
19 Roehampton 105 4.33 2.47 0.97 70 87.9
20 Cardiff 131 3.57 3.06 0.71 65 87.6
21 St Mary's, Twickenham 97 4.13 2.2 0.53 75 86.2
22 Chester 112 4.43 2.35 0.65 60 86
23 Winchester 100 4.36 2.33 1 60 85.9
24 Bishop Grosseteste 101 3.71     85 85.2
25 Canterbury Christ Church 88 4.39 2.52 0.75 60 85.2
26 Newman   4.36 1.79 0.4 65 85
27 Gloucestershire 103 4.29 2.21 0.53 55 83.8
28 York St John 95 3.96 2.07 0.5 65 83.6
29 University of Wales Trinity Saint David 4.18 2.64 1 40 83.5
30 Bath Spa 107 4.03 2.15 0.22 60 83.3
31 Chichester 3.91     65 82.9
32 Wolverhampton 97 4.13       82
33 Leeds Trinity 3.89     60 81.7
Current material has been prepared by Egor Eremeev
Education: Kuban State University, Russia (World Economics); Westminster University (Business & Management).
Egor studied and lived in the UK for 8 years and graduated from the university of Westminster. He is currently the co-founder and the director of business development at Smapse Education and personally visits foreign schools and universities, interviews students studying in those institutions.
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