Theology, Religion and Philosophy
Welcome to the Department of Theology, Religion and Philosophy
The study of Theology, Religion and Philosophy has been at the heart of the University of Winchester since its inception.
In today’s complex and fast-changing multicultural world, serious enquiry into these time-honoured subjects is more vital and relevant than ever.
There can be few better places to do this than Winchester. The department has close links with Winchester Cathedral and Greenbelt, and offers a broad and varied undergraduate programme. You will be taught by a lively, enthusiastic and highly qualified team of academics, committed to giving the best possible student experience.
Our degrees are a great preparation for many careers: recent graduates have gone into journalism, teaching, counselling, social work, law, religious ministry and commerce, as well as postgraduate study and research.
We have the largest group of MPhil/PhD students in the University, working on a wide range of research topics.
The department comprises nationally and internationally respected researchers with a wide range of interests. Our links with faith communities and professional groups also ensure that our research has impact well beyond the academic community.
Research events held by the department include the annual ‘Death Days’ and other conferences, as well as free research seminars.
The Centre for Theology and Religion in Public Life (TRiPL) is an interdisciplinary centre housed in the Department of Theology, Religion and Philosophy.
TRiPL works to promote greater knowledge and understanding of religious belief and practice and the role and impact of religion in the public square. We contribute to public debates and policy thinking and we offer consultancy, advice, training and other services to a wide range of institutions.
Meet the Theology, Religion and Philosophy team
- Dr Maya Warrier, Reader in Religious Studies and Head of Department
- Dr Andreas Andreopoulos, Reader in Orthodox Christianity
- Prof. Robin Baker, Professor of Old Testament and Ancient Near Eastern Studies
- Revd Dr Terry Biddington, Dean of Spiritual Life
- Revd Prof. Stephen Heap, Professor of Theology
- Dr Eleanor McLaughlin, Lecturer in Theology and Ethics
- Prof. Neil Messer, Professor of Theology
- Dr Mark Owen, Director, Winchester Centre of Religion, Reconciliation and Peace
- Dr Angus Paddison, Reader in Theology
- Dr Marika Rose, Postdoctoral Fellow in Philosophical Theology
- Dr Timothy Secret, Senior Lecturer in Philosophy and Religion
- Dr Christina Welch, Senior Fellow in Theology and Religious Studies
Centre for Theology and Religion in Public Life (TRiPL)
Research in Theology, Religion and Philosophy
- Hindu identities and traditions in modern transnational context
- Orthodox Theology,Greek Patristics, Iconology, Ecclesiology, Liturgy, Christian Semiotics,
- Sacred Art and Monasticism
- Scripture and Old Testament
- Mesopotamian religious beliefs
- Religion, Reconciliation and Peacebuilding
- Political theology
- Contemporary continental philosophy and its relation to the arts, technology and the sciences
- Theological ethics, bioethics and the relationship between science and theology
- Indigenous religions
- Religions, nature and environmentalism
- Death Studies
- Religion in art and visual culture
- Disability theology
- Systematic theology
- Continental philosophy of religion
- Medieval Jewish Winchester
Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014
The Department of Theology, Religion and Philosophy carries out world-leading research with equally world-leading social impact, according to the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014), which graded 42% of Winchester’s Theology and Religious Studies submission as 'world-leading' (4*) or 'internationally excellent' (3*). Overall, 85% of our research in theology and religion was deemed of international quality (2* and above).
For economic, social and cultural impact, our Theology and Religious Studies submission was ranked 15th in the UK by Times Higher Education, with 20% ‘outstanding’ (4*) in its reach and significance, 70% ‘very considerable’ (3*) and 10% ‘considerable’ (2*).
Research publications in our Theology and Religious Studies submission included books on topics as diverse as animal ethics, Eastern Orthodoxy, interreligious dialogue, the Song of Songs, the theology of health, feminist theology, and the theology of Scripture.
Impact case studies
The research impact assessed in REF 2014 included a project on Religion and Peacebuilding in Nepal, led by Dr Mark Owen and Prof. Anna King of the University’s Centre of Religion, Reconciliation and Peace. Owen and King researched the contributions that religious groups could make to the ongoing peace process following a decade of civil war in Nepal. Their research led to a major national consultation in Kathmandu, bringing grassroots peacebuilders together with Government representatives, NGOs and other stakeholders. Their work has also led to discussions with the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office about religious peacebuilding in Nepal and elsewhere.
Postgraduate research supervision
We offer research supervision in a wide range of subjects. To find out more, explore our academic staff profile pages above for individual areas of supervision or use the Find an Expert search bar below.