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Postgraduate Admissions

Course closed:

Theology and Religious Studies is no longer accepting new applications.

Apply using the Applicant Portal

The Apply Now button on the right will take you to the Applicant Portal. There, you can create and submit your application and supporting documents, and you can also request your references.

An application is only complete when:

  1. you have submitted your application and supporting documents via the Applicant Portal
  2. you have paid the £75 application fee. Further information on application fees see here.
  3. your referees have provided their references.

If you miss the deadlines specified in this section, you will not be able to submit your application.

Selection Process

Applications are considered on a rolling basis until the application deadline. The Faculty aim to consider all applications within 12 weeks.  Many applicants will receive a decision earlier than this.  For those applicants who do not receive a decision within 12 weeks, your application has been placed on a reserve list.  In order to find the status of your application please contact the Faculty on

Interviews for those being made an offer will be conducted either by Skype or in person.

Further information on How To Apply

Things You'll Need

In order to apply for this course you'll need to think about getting a few things ready before you apply.

  • Two academic references  
  • Transcript  
  • CV/resume
  • Evidence of competence in English  
    If required - you can check using our tool
  • Sample of work (2)
    Either one or two essays, or a thesis (part). Written work should be between 25 and 30 pages long.
  • Research proposal (M)
    Around 1,000 words.
  • Proposed Supervisor (M)
  • Research experience (M)

Gates Cambridge Scholarships

If you wish to be considered for a Gates Cambridge Scholarship you will also need to provide the following:

  • Gates Cambridge Reference  
  • Research Proposal (PhD applicants only)

See Gates Cambridge for more information.

How to Find a Supervisor

Before starting the application process applicants must contact a potential supervisor to discuss their research proposal.  Information about the Faculty's lecturers can be found on the 'People' section of the website.  Use the email addresses listed to contact a potential supervisor.

Key Information

9 months full-time

Certificate of Postgraduate Study

Faculty of Divinity

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Dates and deadlines:

Applications open
Sept. 1, 2021
Application deadline
May 16, 2022
Course Starts
Oct. 1, 2022

Some courses can close early. See the Deadlines page for guidance on when to apply.

Graduate Funding Competition
Dec. 2, 2021
Gates Cambridge US round only
Oct. 13, 2021

These deadlines apply to applications for courses starting in Michaelmas 2022, Lent 2023 and Easter 2023.

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