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Theology, Religion and Philosophy of Religion

The Theology, Religion and Philosophy or Religion Tripos at Cambridge offers a unique opportunity to study a most fundamental and wide-ranging theoretical, practical, and historical subject, suitable for anyone wishing to gain the best possible grounding in the humanities.

It is extremely interdisciplinary and provides courses in philosophy (classical, modern, and post-modern), cultural theory, the human sciences, Biblical studies, Biblical and other sacred languages, Church history, history of religions, comparative religions, gender studies, history and philosophy of science, theories of embodiment and selfhood, anthropology, Christian, Jewish and Islamic theology, Eastern philosophy, religious art and symbolism, and theories of ritual. The structure of the Tripos is based on the premise that the study of theology and religion is the most crucial of all inquiries and must be undertaken in as comprehensive a manner as possible. Undergraduates can specialise, especially in the second and third year of their course, in a number of areas (e.g. New Testament, Philosophical Theology, Systematic Theology, Comparative Religions), and students may choose a distinctive route through their course by substituting a dissertation in a chosen area for one of their papers. Ample advice is provided at Faculty and College level in identifying a coherent course of studies in this complex field.

Emmanuel has a long tradition of interest in theology, stretching back to the seventeenth century Puritans, the Cambridge Platonists, and their successors. Accordingly, the College has a well-stocked and ever-expanding library with an excellent collection, including some precious early manuscripts. Potential students should also note that Emmanuel has several endowments available for supporting the particular needs of undergraduate and graduate theologians. There is also a very active Chapel with distinguished visiting preachers every week during Full Term, a Chapel Choir, and several Christian groups within the college. A Reading Group for Theology undergraduates, which meets at various times to discuss various interdisciplinary topics relating to theology and philosophy.

Information about the Faculty of Divinity and a detailed guide to the Theology, Religion and Philosophy of Religion Tripos, including recommended reading lists for intending students, can be obtained from the Dean (tel: 01223 334264 or from the Faculty website). Potential students should also note that the Divinity Faculty holds an Annual Open Day to which all are welcome; for details, visit the Faculty website or phone: 01223 763002.


Admissions Information

Standard Offer: A*AA; IB - 776 at Higher Level, 41 or 42 points overall; Advanced Highers: AAA; other exam systems.
Course Requirements: No specific subjects.
Course Outline: Further details are available on the Department's website.
Interviews:

Candidates should normally expect two interviews. The interviews will take place during the period Monday 4 - Wednesday 13 December 2017. Specific subject dates will be emailed to applicants in November.

As part of the interview process applicants will be asked to read an unseen reading passage, which they will study 20-30 minutes before each interview. These may be extracts from sacred texts or other examples of theological writing.

Submitted Work:

Applicants will be asked (following receipt of their application) to submit two pieces of written work, which they have written as part of their normal preparation for public examinations. The preferred word limit for each sample is 2,000 words. Applicants may submit coursework, but this will only count for one piece of work, regardless of the length. The subjects of these essays may form the basis of discussion in one of the interviews. The deadline for submission will be early November.

Admissions Assessment:

All applicants will take a pre-interview written assessment (comprehension and essay/text response element). Further information and a content specification are available online.

Course Enquiries: Emmanuel Admissions Office

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