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Advanced Diploma in Theology, Religion, and Philosophy of Religion

Course Code: TRD1

The Advanced Diploma is a nine-month postgraduate qualification especially designed for those who already have a degree, but in a subject other than Theology, Religion, and Philosophy of Religion. Taking this course may be a first step to doing an MPhil or PhD in Theology, Religion, and Philosophy of Religion in this or another university, but does not count towards such a degree.

Advanced Diploma students take three or four papers chosen from the undergraduate programme (BA degree) as well as writing a dissertation.

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How to apply

Information about all postgraduate degrees and courses of the University of Cambridge can be found via the graduate admissions page of the Graduate Admissions Office, the central body which deals with all graduate applications for the whole University. There is a set of pages on the Advanced Diploma here.

You should submit your application to the Graduate Admissions Office following the guidance on that admissions page.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit their applications as early as possible. This is particularly important for applicants seeking Gates or Cambridge funding, who should note the deadlines on the graduate admissions funding page.

Minimum entry requirements

  • A 1st class or 2.1 honours degree with marks of at least 65 per cent; where appropriate GPA of at least 3.8;
  • English Language requirements as set by the Graduate Admissions Office.

Course content

You must offer three or four papers chosen from Papers A1 and any of the papers in Groups B, C, and D, of which:

  • you shall offer at least one paper from Group C or Group D;
  • only one may be from Papers A1, B1 or C1 if you wish to do a language;
  • you shall offer no more than one paper examined by an alternative mode of assessment (ie by essay).

If you do four papers rather than three, your paper with the lowest mark will only be taken into account if it is in your own interests.

In addition, you must do a dissertation of not more than 10,000 words (inclusive of notes and appendices, but not bibliography).

For further information please refer to the lists of undergraduate courses.

Regulations governing the Advanced Diploma are found in the Ordinances of the University.


If you have any questions about the application process and the course contents then please contact the 

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