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How to Apply for the MPhil

MPhil Hood
MPhil Hood (Photograph from Ryder and Amies, used with permission)
Information about all postgraduate degrees 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 University. The pages for the MPhil in Theology, Religion and Philosophy of Religion is 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 University graduate admissions funding page. Information about funding for graduate studies, including those administered by the Faculty, is found here.

When you apply you should submit a research proposal of around 500 words, along with a sample of written work between 20-25 pages in length.

Students are assigned a member of the faculty with whom they can discuss their progress over the duration of the course. This person is described as a supervisor on an offer letter. The thesis supervisor is assigned once studies have begun, in Michaelmas Term.

Minimum entry requirements and Prerequisites

Applicants in all subject areas are expected to have achieved 1st class or 2.1 honours degree with marks of at least 67%; or a GPA of at least 3.8; or performance at an equivalent level in an honours degree.

New Testament and Early Christianity applicants are required to have at least two years study of New Testament Greek.

Philosophy of Religion applicants must have a strong philosophical background and relevant theological knowledge.

Old Testament applicants must have knowledge of the relevant biblical languages, notably biblical Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek.

Religions of Antiquity applicants must have knowledge of Greek or Latin.

World Christianities applicants need a first degree in Theology, Religious Studies, History, Anthropology or another discipline involving contemporary cross-cultural study. (This pathway is not currently offered.)