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The Department of Theology & Religious Studies has a lively interdisciplinary research culture with more than 35 research staff comprised of tenured academics, research fellows, members of research projects and postdocs, enhanced by a vibrant community of around 110 postgraduate research students. 

We work across many disciplines, including archaeology, history, philosophy, theology, manuscript and material culture, textual studies and material culture, the arts, politics and sociology, ethnography and anthropology. During the REF 2014 exercise, the Department was ranked third for research power across the UK. 

We have strong research links with other universities and research centres, both in the UK and overseas. Among the latter are Monash University (Australia), University of North Carolina Chapel Hill (USA), National University of Singapore, Humboldt University  Berlin (Germany), Yunnan Normal University (China), Yunnan Minzu University (China), and Shan State Buddhist University (Myanmar).

The Department hosts a departmental interdisciplinary research seminar, fortnightly seminars on specific research themes, and a wide range of specialist seminars, activities, workshops, conferences and other events. It is also home to the annual F.D. Maurice Lectures, the Ethel M. Wood Lecture and Colin Gunton Lecture.


Two Walton Scholarships are awarded annually to full-time graduate students in the Department. In addition, the Department routinely hosts postgraduate students who have been awarded competitive scholarships including from the prestigious London Arts and Humanities Partnership (LAHP) and the London Interdisciplinary Social Sciences Doctoral Training Partnership (LISS-DTP) schemes.

[Images: (Left) Rotunda Edicule, Church of Holy Sepulchre, Jersualem; (Right) A rug from Jersualem's Old City. Copyright Joan Taylor 2017, all rights reserved. Used with permission.]

More about our research



Areas of particular academic expertise represented within the Department

Research Projects


Read more about current and past King's TRS research projects



A broad selection of the King's Department of Theology & Religious Studies' recent publications

Research seminars


The Department hosts a lively assortment of research seminars on a wide variety of themes.

Postgraduate Research

The Department of Theology & Religious Studies at King’s has a vibrant postgraduate research culture, with doctoral candidates contributing to teaching and research.

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