The Department of Theology and Religion offers a flourishing research culture.
In 2012, the Department achieved a score of 6.3, which was the fourth-equal highest score for a Department in the University of Otago. (See the Performance-Based Research Fund)
Our students gain from this quality of research. The teaching we offer is research-informed, which gives a liveliness, currency and credibility to all that is taught in the classroom. It also enhances the quality of research essays that students complete under the supervision of staff.
Weekly research seminars held during each teaching semester, offer students exposure to the research of staff, postgraduate students and overseas visitors, and provide postgraduate students in systematic theology an opportunity to share their research.
The Department has a very strong postgraduate research culture. We have the highest number of PhD students within the Division of Humanities – some students have come from overseas specifically to study under the supervision of staff within the Department.
Staff regularly publish their research in books and in top overseas journals. The Department performs at a high level in research, and we encourage our students to have the same passion for original contribution to knowledge as we do.
To study with us is to enjoy a learning environment on the cutting edge of international discussions in the realm of Theology.
- Postgraduate courses: If you're interested in fostering your own capacities for research you should consider the postgraduate courses we offer
- Staff research: For the research interests of staff, and their preferred areas of supervision
- Pacifica: The Department is involved with Pacifica, a scholarly peer-reviewed journal covering all aspects of Christian theology, published three times a year by the Pacifica Theological Studies Association.