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Theology, Religion and Philosophy of Religion

A small but academically successful subject at Girton

Why choose Theology, Religion and Philosophy of Religion at Girton?

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 Christian theology. In recent years Girton students have been very successful in the Faculty, resulting from the College ethos of a relaxed atmosphere with academic rigour.

Undergraduate Theology, Religion and Philosophy of Religion

  • No. of students admitted per year: 2
  • Entry requirements: All entry requirements are A-Level standard or equivalent, unless otherwise stated. No particular subjects are required for Theology, Religion and Philosophy of Religion. Subjects such as Religious Studies, History, English and modern languages can be helpful, but so can any subjects that encourage clear, logical thinking and careful analysis of evidence. Students with a completely science background study Theology, Religion and Philosophy of Religion and do very well.
  • Typical offer: A*AA
  • Assessment arrangements: All Cambridge candidates are required to take a 60 minute written assessment. Candidates invited to interview will sit the assessment online near the date of the interview.  Further information about the written assessment can be found here
  • Interview arrangements: There are usually 2 interviews. Candidates are asked to submit two pieces of written work before the interviews. Candidates will also be asked to discuss a short text with the interviewers; they will be given 20 minutes to read the text before interview.

Theology, Religion and Philosophy of Religion undergraduate information

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 other options can be chosen from 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.

Theology, Religion and Philosophy of Religion postgraduate information

In the Faculty, postgraduates 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. 

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.

Career destinations

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

Girton stories

Mark Hanson

History, 1985, Campaign Board Member

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’.