Ayo says being an international Masters levels student at the School of Philosophy, Theology and Religion has been an ‘incredible journey’. He tells us more about his experience.

Ayobamidele Adekoya
MA Theology and Religion student Ayobamidele Adekoya

Embracing Diversity and Cultural Exchange

One of the most enriching aspects of studying at the University of Birmingham is the opportunity to engage with a diverse range of students and scholars from around the world. The School of Philosophy, Theology, and Religion is a melting pot of ideas, perspectives, and cultural backgrounds. Interacting with classmates from different countries has broadened my horizons and deepened my understanding of various philosophical, theological, and religious traditions.

Navigating the Academic Landscape

Studying philosophy, theology, and religion in a foreign country has presented its share of challenges. The academic rigor and the nuances of different educational systems required some adjustment. However, the faculty members and support staff at the University of Birmingham have been invaluable in guiding me through this transition. Their expertise, encouragement, and open-door policy have fostered an inclusive learning environment, where I feel comfortable expressing my thoughts and exploring complex ideas.

Expanding Philosophical and Theological Horizons

The curriculum at the School has provided me with a comprehensive understanding of diverse philosophical and theological perspectives. From ancient Greek philosophy to modern ethical debates, I have delved into the works of influential thinkers and engaged in critical discussions with my peers. This exposure has not only deepened my knowledge, but also challenged my own preconceived notions, pushing me to think critically and develop my own philosophical and theological voice.

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Interdisciplinary Exploration

One of the remarkable aspects of studying in this school is the emphasis on interdisciplinary exploration. Philosophy, theology, and religion intersect in fascinating ways, enabling me to explore the connections between these disciplines. Engaging with multiple perspectives has broadened my intellectual horizons, allowing me to approach complex questions from different angles and develop a more comprehensive understanding of the human experience.

Engagement with Research and Scholarship

The School of Philosophy, Theology, and Religion at the University of Birmingham has a strong research focus, which has offered me unique opportunities to contribute to the academic community. As an international student, I have been able to collaborate with faculty members on research projects and actively participate in conferences and seminars. This engagement has not only expanded my knowledge but also allowed me to contribute to the advancement of knowledge in these fields.

Cultural Integration and Support

The University of Birmingham has provided exceptional support services for international students, facilitating our integration into both academic and social aspects of university life. From orientation programs to dedicated support staff, the university has created a welcoming environment that addresses our specific needs as international students. Additionally, the diverse range of student societies and cultural events have provided me with opportunities to celebrate my Nigerian heritage while also engaging with other cultures.


Being an international student in the School of Philosophy, Theology, and Religion at the University of Birmingham has been an enlightening and transformative experience. The opportunity to study alongside students from diverse backgrounds, engage in interdisciplinary exploration, and contribute to the academic community has broadened my horizons and shaped my personal and intellectual growth. Through challenges and triumphs, I have come to appreciate the value of cultural exchange, critical thinking, and open-mindedness. As I continue my journey, I am confident that the knowledge and experiences gained at the University of Birmingham will empower me to make meaningful contributions to the world.