Theology, Religion, and Philosophy of Religion

University of Cambridge
In Cambridge (England)

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  • Bachelor's degree
  • Cambridge (England)
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Overview Theology, Religion, and Philosophy of Religion at Cambridge The study of Theology, Religion, and Philosophy of Religion is increasingly important in a world where religious belief is a driving force behind social and political events. The course engages with the history, practice and thought of the major world religions of Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam and Judaism, and you develop a nuanced understanding of the significance of religion and its cultural contexts. Our students have considerable freedom to create a varied programme of study by exploring a diverse range of topics. However, those who prefer to specialise in one area are equally able to follow a particular pathway. The Cambridge course is a broad and demanding degree that addresses fundamental questions through a range of religious traditions and philosophical standpoints. World class resources Cambridge is an excellent place to study religion – offering access to the latest research and historic resources in the Faculty, College and University libraries. For example, the University Library holds the Codex Bezae (an important early version of the Gospel) and the Genizah collection (a globally significant source for medieval Judaism). Our outstanding teaching is delivered by world experts in a variety of faith traditions and in the study of religion, religious practice, and philosophy of religion. Additional course costs There are no compulsory course costs for Theology, Religion, and Philosophy of Religion. Full course details are available on the Faculty of Divinity website and if you have any queries about resources/materials, please contact the Faculty (see fact file, right). Changing course As well as the full three-year course, it's possible to study one or two years of Theology, Religion, and Philosophy of Religion, either before or after one or two years of another subject, such as English; Philosophy; Classics; History; Human, Social, and Political...

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Requirements: Entry Requirements Typical offers require A Level: A*AAIB: 40-41 points, with 776 at Higher Level For other qualifications, see our main Entrance requirements pages. Course requirements Required by all Colleges: no specific subjectsRequired by some Colleges: A Level/IB Higher Level in an essay-based subject All undergraduate admissions decisions are the responsibility of the Cambridge...


Where and when

Starts Location
1 Trumpington Street, CB2 1QA, Cambridgeshire , England
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What you'll learn on the course

Religion Philosophy

Course programme

Course Outline Theology, Religion, and Philosophy of Religion Course Outline

Teaching is provided through lectures, classes and supervisions. You can expect up to nine hours of classes and lectures each week (including six for non-language papers and three for languages), as well as a weekly supervision.

Assessment is mainly by three-hour written examinations, but some papers are assessed by coursework.

Year 1 (Part I)

You take five papers designed to give you a broad introduction to the concepts, knowledge and skills required in the main areas of study.

There are two compulsory subjects:

  • one scriptural language (studied from scratch, no prior knowledge is expected) – Hebrew, New Testament Greek, Qur’anic Arabic or Sanskrit
  • a paper in biblical studies, either David: Israel’s Greatest Hero? or Jesus and the Origins of the Gospel (you can take the other in place of one of the choices below)

Plus three other papers from a choice of five, currently:

  • Christianity and the Transformation of Culture – a detailed investigation of Christianity in England before, during and after the Reformation
  • Who is Jesus Christ? – exploring some of the major themes of Christian theology
  • Understanding Contemporary Religion – an introduction to the sociological study of religion
  • World Religions in Comparative Perspective – looking at the history, beliefs and practices of the main world religions and the problems of comparing them
  • Philosophy of Religion and Ethics – introducing key questions in philosophy of religion and religion and ethics, ranging from antiquity to contemporary controversies
Year 2 (Part IIA)

This builds on the knowledge and skills acquired in Part I. You may wish to continue to study any of the four scriptural languages at a higher level, or you can drop the study of languages at this stage.

A wide choice of options is available, enabling you to develop a course suited to your own interests. You choose four papers out of 17, currently including:

  • Themes in World Christianities
  • Philosophy of Religion: God, Freedom and the Soul
  • Ethics and Faith
  • Theology and the Natural Sciences
  • Life and Thought of Religious Hinduism and of Buddhism
  • Introduction to Islam
  • Religious Themes in Literature

You can also choose to take the Part IA Logic paper from the Philosophy course.

Year 3 (Part IIB)

In your final year, you choose four from a wide range of Special Subjects and interdisciplinary papers (topics may vary), such as:

  • Religious Experience: Mesmerism, Spiritualism and Psychical Research
  • Christianity and Society in Africa and its Diaspora
  • The Doctrine of God: Love and Desire
  • Self and Salvation in Indian and Western Thought
  • Metaphysics
  • Imagination

You can choose to write a dissertation of 10,000 words in your third year instead of one paper.

For further information about studying Theology, Religion, and Philosophy of Religion at the University of Cambridge see the Faculty of Divinity website.