Revd Dr Tim Boniface
College Officer, Fellow
Girton has a small but lively group of students in Theology, Religion and Philosophy of Religion. The Director of Studies, Dr Hilary Marlow, is an Old Testament scholar with a wide range of other interests, including environmental ethics, inter-faith dialogue and the science and religion debate. Additional assistance is offered by the Chaplain, whose interests lie in theology and literature. In recent years Girton students have been very successful in the Faculty, resulting from the College ethos of a relaxed atmosphere with academic rigour.
The degree in Theology, Religion and Philosophy of Religion is flexible, allowing students to pursue their particular interests even from the first year. One scriptural language (Hebrew, Greek, Arabic or Sanskrit) and one biblical paper must be taken in the first year, and then other options are available to choose from, including Biblical Studies, Theology, Philosophy and Ethics, Sociology of Religion, and World Religions. Similar topics can be chosen in second and third years, but each year introducing further specialisms and allowing the option to focus on one or more areas. For those wishing to explore a topic in more depth, the option of a dissertation is available in the final year.
In the Faculty, graduates may study for an MPhil or PhD, and Girton has students from the Faculty of Divinity taking both degrees. The Director of Studies is also a supervisor in biblical studies for both these degrees. In addition, the Faculty offers an MSt in the study of Jewish-Christian relations, and a number of students on the MSt have been members of Girton too.
Research and postgraduate students are admitted to the University by the Board of Graduate Studies. You must therefore apply centrally and not to the College, however you must be admitted to a College to be able to study at the University. To ensure that this is Girton you need to indicate this on your application form.
Students have moved on to a range of careers. Some have gone on to further studies both here and elsewhere, but most have entered other types of employment, including teaching, banking, charity work, journalism, and even working as a submariner
Mark Hanson is a Champion for the Class Gift initiative. He comments, ‘It has been inspiring to see Girton’s ambitious and thoughtful plans and meet some incredibly talented students at the college. The Class of ’85 bursary gift is a great way for our year to come together to support deserving students as part of Girton’s future plans’.