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Postgraduate Admissions

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 but also to enable those who wish to undertake further research at a 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.

Candidates submit a dissertation of between 15,000 and 20,000 words and two pieces of submitted work of not more than 5,000 words which will be an essay or an equivalent exercise. Candidates then chose to do one of the following: a three-hour language examination; an exercise; or an alternative exercise within the candidate's chosen subject area if one has not already been offered.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the MPhil students should have acquired:

an introduction to research methods and skills appropriate to a chosen sub-discipline of the subject, such as will serve both: as a preparation for more advanced research or as offering skills of value to potential employers;

more advanced and specialised knowledge of some fundamental issues and literatures at the forefront of research in that sub-discipline; and

the ability to construct a substantive, if preliminary, contribution to research on a particular issue within that sub-discipline, through the writing of a thesis.


Continuing

In order to be eligible to continue to the PhD, students must achieve at least a mark of 71 for the dissertation and an overall average of at least 71 per cent in the MPhil as a whole.


Open Days

The Open Day usually takes place at the beginning of November. The event is suitable for those considering applying for postgraduate study at the University. It provides opportunities to meet with academics, explore the Colleges, and find out more about the application process and funding opportunities. Visit the Postgraduate Open Day page for more details.

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Key Information


9 months full-time

1 year and 9 months part-time

Master of Philosophy

Faculty of Divinity

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Dates and deadlines:

Michaelmas 2021

Applications open
Sept. 1, 2020
Application deadline
May 31, 2021
Course Starts
Oct. 1, 2021

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

Graduate Funding Competition
Dec. 3, 2020
Gates Cambridge US round only
Oct. 14, 2020

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