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MPhil Theology, Religion and Philosophy of Religion (Part-Time)

 Course Level
Masters / PG
 Type
Part Time

 Duration
1.75 Years
 Start month
January

 Tuition fee

International
32030 GBP
National
20880 GBP
EU
21230 GBP

Application fee

International 50 GBP
National 50 GBP
EU 50 GBP
Department
Faculty of Divinity
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)7.5
TOEFL-IBT (min)100
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About this course

The M.Phil. in Theology, Religion and Philosophy of Religion is a nine-month full-time, or one year and nine-month part-time Masters course. The M.Phil. 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 M.Phil. 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 doctoral level to acquire the necessary skills and understanding.  The course has the following streams: Anglican Studies, Christian Theology, Mahayana Buddhism, New Testament and Early Christianity, Old Testament, Philosophy of Religion, Religions in Antiquity, Study of World Religions and World Christianities.

Candidates submit a thesis 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 candidates's chosen subject area if one has not already been offered.

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Eligibility Criteria

Graduate work in Cambridge is intense and very intellectually demanding and so the University has high academic entry requirements. Academic requirements will vary from course to course, and you should check the individual course entry in the course directory for the course specific requirements. You are normally expected to hold or to have achieved by the start of your course:

At least a 2i honours degree from a UK university or an equivalent standard from an overseas university; and
Completion of, or release from, any current training or education course.
A directory on international qualifications that meet the University's minimum academic requirement may be found in the International section of our website.

Applicants should be aware that meeting the University’s or Department’s minimum academic requirements does not guarantee entry; it is only one of the factors taken into account when selectors make their decision. Many other factors are also important, such as: suitability for the course, proficiency in English, relevant experience, references, availability of a suitable supervisor, and the ratio of available places.

English language requirement:

  • IELTS: 7
  • TOEFL-IBT: 100

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Course Modules

On completion of the M.Phil. 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;
  • 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.

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How to Apply

The Apply Online button on the right will take you to the Applicant Portal, where you can create and submit your application, and request references.

An application is only complete when:

  • you have submitted your application via the Applicant Portal and paid the £50 application fee
  • you have uploaded the required supporting documents via the Applicant Self-Service
  • your referees have provided their references.

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

Before applying formally, students should contact individual PIs at the Metabolic Research Laboratories whose work interests them, to enlist their support for the application. Only applications supported by an MRL PI will be considered.  Applications are considered throughout the year on a rolling basis.

Offers made to places on this course are conditional on clearing any security checks the University deems necessary. Security checks are routinely required for all individuals involved in research activities that include working with sensitive information; working with children and vulnerable adults; working with live animals or with tissues supplied from live animals or working in an environment in which such work is pursued by others; working with dangerous pathogens or in a category 3 containment laboratory; or working with some other sensitive technologies. Where necessary the University will ensure that applicants are not disproportionately impacted by the requirement for any security checks by allowing new students to take up places and start appropriate areas of their work prior to a check in other areas being completed.

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