Writing religion: using Greek and Hebrew manuscripts to construct religious history
The Faculty of Divinity is holding a free study day on 12th November for students in Years 11, 12 and 13 who are interested in finding out more about how religion is studied at university. The day will begin with talk about how Theology and Religion is taught at Cambridge. This will be followed by a lecture from Dr James Aitken, looking at how manuscripts in Hebrew and in Greek can shed light on the lives and personalities of the people who wrote them (no language knowledge required!). In the afternoon (please bring a packed lunch) students will visit the University Library to see some manuscripts and hear more from Dr Ben Outhwaite and Dr Suzanne Paul about the potential of religious manuscripts to give us an insight into the communities that owned and produced them. The day will conclude back at the Faculty with a hands-on activity that aims to develop skills in using primary sources.
Students do not need to be studying religion nor do they need to be thinking of applying Cambridge.
Forthcoming Open Days in Cambridge
Our next Open Days are taking place in 2017: Monday 24th April and Thursday 6th July.
If you'd like to visit at aniother time, please get in touch with Laura Jeffrey, Outreach Officer firstname.lastname@example.org
If you missed our June open day this year, why not look at the films below?
Past events and resources
Here are the slides from the course overview, which includes details of applying to Cambridge, delivered at the Open Event on 18 April 2016. Links to relevant websites are provided in the comments boxes (click on the speech bubble icon):
We filmed some of the talks from the 2015 July Open Day. Please note that there may be some differences in the course since these films were made, notably that it is now called Theology, Religion, and Philosophy of Religion and the need for applicants to sit an admissions assessment.
Our Theology and Philosophy Masterclass took place on Saturday 6th February 2016. We will be offering another one in early 2017.
Oxford and Cambridge Student Conferences
The Faculty of Divinity was at three Oxford and Cambridge Student Conferences this year, in Swansea, Birmingham and Aintree on the 14, 15 and 16 March. For more information about the conferences taking place next year, please visit at http://oxfordandcambridgeoutreach.co.uk/student-introduction.php
Sutton Trust Summer School
The Theology and Philosophy Summer School took place on 18-22 July 2016 for students in Year 12. This is a subject-specific residential where you live and study as a Cambridge student.
During the day, you’ll be in your academic department, where you’ll be taught by world-leading experts in your subject. They’ll guide you through new areas of study, introducing you to the depth and breadth of a Cambridge undergraduate course. But it’s not all work. After you leave the departments, you’ll have time to explore Cambridge with your Summer School friends, and we’ll put on a host of activities for you.
The closing date for applications for 2016 was 8 March. Please be aware that you must meet certainto be accepted on the summer schools.
For more information and applications, please visit
For those that are unsuccessful in gaining a place on the Summer School, we run Experience Cambridge. This year students visited Cambridge on 5 July and 2 August. In between they completed a study project, either on their own or in groups, supported by the course leaders.
For more information, see
We would be delighted if you visited us. We have several Open Days in Cambridge and elsewhere throughout the year to give you the opportunity to hear about the degree programme and to listen to a sample lecture.
There are other times during the year when the Faculty is open to visitors, such as the university’s Festival of Ideas.
You are very welcome to visit the Faculty outside Open Days, but we recommend that you get in touch to check opening times and the availability of staff. We are located off West Road on the Sidgwick Site, with many other Arts and Humanities Faculties. Please see our page on how to find us for more information.
In addition we are keen to visit schools and sixth forms to talk about studying Theology and Religious Studies at Cambridge. If you would like to discuss whether we could visit your school or area, please get in touch by emailing Laura Jeffrey, Outreach Officer email@example.com or phone 01223 763958.