M.Phil. On Campus

Theology, Religion and Philosophy of Religion

University of Cambridge

9 months
27516 GBP/year
12159 GBP/year
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The M.Phil. in Theology, Religion and Philosophy of Religion at the University of Cambridge is a nine-month Masters course. The M.Phil. offers the opportunity for advanced study in Theology and Religious Studies across the full range of disciplines and with a strong focus on research.

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The Theology, Religion and Philosophy of Religion at the University of Cambridge is designed for students who wish to study their subject interest at an advanced level but also to enable those who wish to undertake further research at doctoral level to acquire the necessary skills and understanding.  The course has the following streams: Anglican Studies, Christian Theology, New Testament and Early Christianity, Old Testament, Philosophy of Religion, Religions in Antiquity, Study of World Religions and World Christianities.

Candidates submit a thesis of between 15,000 and 20,000 words and two pieces of submitted work of not more than 5,000 words which will be an essay or an equivalent exercise. Candidates then chose to do one of the following: a three-hour language examination; an exercise; or  an alternative exercise within the candidates's chosen subject area if one has not already been offered.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the MPhil students should have acquired:

  • an introduction to research methods and skills appropriate to a chosen sub-discipline of the subject, such as will serve both: as a preparation for more advanced research or as offering skills of value to potential employers;
  • more advanced and specialised knowledge of some fundamental issues and literatures at the forefront of research in that sub-discipline; and
  • the ability to construct a substantive, if preliminary, contribution to research on a particular issue within that sub-discipline, through the writing of a thesis.

Programme Structure

Course overview:

  • Teaching is by seminars, supervisions, and, as appropriate, classes and lectures. Each module shall normally be taught by four seminars of two hours duration in one term (though some subject areas may provide one-and-a-half-hour seminars where there is no essay work being assessed during the seminar itself). 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 9 months
  • Part-time
    • 21 months

Start dates & application deadlines


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

Applicants for this course should have achieved a UK High II.i Honours Degree.

Tuition Fee

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    27516 GBP/year
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    Based on the tuition of 27516 GBP per year during 9 months.
  • National

    12159 GBP/year
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    Based on the tuition of 12159 GBP per year during 9 months.

Living costs for Cambridge

846 - 1465 GBP /month
Living costs

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