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PhD in Theology and Religious Studies

University of Cambridge

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  • Qualification

    PhD/DPhil - Doctor of Philosophy

  • Location

    University of Cambridge

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    3 years

Course summary

The Divinity Faculty at Cambridge has a distinguished international reputation for research, teaching and for the formation of postgraduate students in Theology and Religious Studies. Consistently rated as one of the top research units in the country in our subjects, it offers postgraduate training at an acknowledged world-class standard.

Each major research area is centred on a senior seminar meeting fortnightly during a term. In practice these seminars are often interdisciplinary in character (such as the D Society in Philosophy of Religion and Ethics and the Hebrew, Jewish and Early Christian Studies Seminar); and a variety of other informal postgraduate seminars and reading groups also helps to expand the repertoire of exchange. A number of named lectureships (the Stantons, the Hulseans etc.) regularly bring international figures from outside Cambridge to contribute to the research culture.

First-year PhD students are not registered for any degree and must undergo an examination at the end of their first year. If they successfully pass this then they will be registered for the PhD degree. Candidates submit a thesis of not more than 80,000 words. The thesis title must be approved by the Degree Committee. There is an oral examination on the thesis and the general field of knowledge in which it falls.

Learning Outcomes

PhD students spend most of their time working on their own research. Any skills required, such as languages, will be assessed by the student's supervisor and training may be provided by the Faculty or the Language Centre.

Other learning and development opportunities are available through the research skills sessions run by the Faculty in Michaelmas and Lent terms and courses run by the University. Students should attend and contribute to one of the Faculty's senior seminars. Students also run their own seminars and reading groups. Students are given the opportunity to supervise and give lectures for undergraduates.

Application deadline

16 May 2022

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
(international fees)

£ 27,048per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

University of Cambridge

  • University League Table


  • Campus address

    University of Cambridge, The Old Schools, Trinity Lane, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CB2 1TN, England

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    1st out of 30 1

  • Entry standards

    / Max 197
    184 97%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    88.0 88%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5

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