Theology and Religious Studies at Cambridge is a wide-ranging and flexible degree course that attracts students from many different religious, social, educational and geographical backgrounds. The three-year course enables students to study five world religions (Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam and Judaism) and their sacred texts and beliefs from a variety of perspectives: theological, philosophical, psychological, sociological, literary, anthropological, historical and linguistic. Theology continues to flourish and develop in new and exciting ways.
We are looking for applicants with questioning minds, with the ability to argue and discuss ideas and with an appreciation of the important role that theological ideas and religious belief continue to have in the world today. Personal religious belief is not a consideration for the study of Theology and many who do so are atheists or agnostics, as well as followers of a faith.
No particular subjects at A level (or equivalent) are required for Theology, Religion & Philosophy of Religion. Evidence of linguistic aptitude is required and subjects such as Religious Studies, History, English and modern languages can be helpful, but so can any subjects that encourage clear, logical thinking and careful analysis of evidence. Students with a completely science background study TRPR and do very well.
See also Entrance requirements for additional advice about general requirements for entry, qualifications and offers.
Candidates who are invited for interview will be asked in advance to submit two marked essays or other written work. This should be in a related discipline which the candidate is studying/ has studied. Candidates to Wolfson College will not be required to sit a pre-interview assessment for Theology, Religion and Philosophy of Religion. Applicants invited for interview will be asked to sit a written assessment on the day of their interviews. This assessment will last no longer than one hour, and will be similar in content and format to the assessment used by other colleges prior to interview. Specifications can be found here.
Theology runs a system of a guaranteed second academic interview in a College chosen at random by the Faculty's Admissions Officer. The Faculty of Divinity runs this scheme in order to maximize the chances of filling places and to rectify the possible imbalance of applicant numbers to various colleges often experienced by a relatively small subject.