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About the Faculty of Divinity

The Faculty of Divinity is an international centre of excellence for study, teaching and research in Theology, Biblical Studies Religious Studies and the Philosophy of Religion and Ethics.  We are a strong academic community combining outstanding research with teaching for more than 300 students.  We are housed in a fine modern building, specially constructed in the Sidgwick Site.  A notable strength of the Faculty of Divinity is the great variety of backgrounds and nationalities of its staff and students.  Our programmes offer disciplined reflection on pressing religious, philosohical, ethical and theological questions, both historical and contemporary.  Our degrees equip graduates to excel in a wide range of careers in a complex world of competing value.  The quality of our teaching programmes rests upon our research, the excellence of which is internationally recognised.  We are home to scholars who are leading authorities in their subjects and to some major innovative research projects.

4 courses offered in the* Faculty of Divinity

The Certificate is for candidates who wish to undertake research in theology and religious studies but do not have the research experience to be admitted directly to the PhD programme. The Certificate can under some circumstances be counted towards the requirements for the PhD degree if the student is allowed to continue to the PhD.

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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.

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The MPhil in Theology, Religion and Philosophy of Religion is a nine-month full-time, or one-year-and-nine-month part-time, master's course. The MPhil offers the opportunity for advanced study in Theology, Religion and Philosophy of Religion across the full range of disciplines and with a strong focus on research. Students can draw on the expertise of leading scholars from a wide range of subjects, which allows both for specialisation and for interdisciplinary approaches.

The MPhil is designed for students who wish to study their subject interest at an advanced level for nine months full-time, or one year and nine months part-time, but also to enable those who wish to undertake further research at the 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, Religion and Conflict, Religions in Antiquity, Study of World Religions and World Christianities. For those students taking the part-time route it is intended that the taught elements will normally be delivered in the first year.

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The Advanced Diploma is a nine-month postgraduate qualification especially designed for those who already have a degree, but in a subject other than Theology and Religious Studies. Taking this course may be a first step towards doing an MPhil or PhD in Theology or Religious Studies in this or another university, but does not count towards such a degree.

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