Why study here?

An unparalleled opportunity to study a range of religious traditions and theologies in the context of our vibrant city.

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As a Religions and Theology student, you'll gain exclusive access to The John Rylands Library which is home to the earliest portion of any New Testament writing ever found.

Religions and Theology at The University of Manchester offers you the opportunity to engage with a wide range of traditions and beliefs, covering all periods up to the present day.

Our teaching will encourage you to actively participate in constructive debate, developing your investigative and critical thinking skills across a full breadth of religious and nonreligious traditions.

Religions and Theology at Manchester received the highest score within the Russell Group for student satisfaction in the 2020 National Student Survey and is the only department to have received a NSS satisfaction score of 100% among the current top 20 universities in the UK for Religious Studies and Theology in The Guardian.


  • Choose from a wide range of course units, including many interdisciplinary options.
  • Undertake research in a vibrant, multi-cultural, multi-faith city.
  • Take advantage of our long-term reputation for research excellence.
  • Gain exclusive access to the internationally significant special collections.
  • Analyse key issues in theological and philosophical debate.
  • Follow specialist interests, attend special skills workshops and research seminars with an MA.
  • Become the best you can be by participating in Stellify for true personal and professional growth.


The University of Manchester is:

  • 1st in UK for graduate employability (Times 2020)
  • 1st in the world for Impact based on the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals – the first time that a UK University has been ranked first (Times Higher Education 2021)
  • 15th highest university in UK (Complete University Guide 2022)

Religions & Theology is:

  • 1st for satisfaction with teaching (96.4%) (Guardian 2022)
  • 2nd for satisfaction with the course (96.5%) (Guardian 2022)
  • 5th highest Religions Dept in UK (Guardian 2022)
  • 6th highest Religions Dept in UK (Complete University Guide 2022)

Careers and employability

Study Religions and Theology at Manchester and you will develop a range of flexible skills that can be applied to many careers. 

The University of Manchester is also the most targeted university in the UK for top graduate employers, according to High Fliers Research.

Learn more on the Careers and employability page.

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At The University of Manchester, you'll have an unparalleled opportunity to study a range of religious traditions and theologies in the context of our vibrant city.

I loved studying Religions and Theology. The number of courses available means you can really tailor your studies to your interests. Some of the lecturers are world leaders in their field, and it's an amazing opportunity to have such fantastic input into your learning.

Samuel Cresswell / BA (Hons) Religions and Theology