Theology and Religious Studies at Cambridge
Theology and Religious Studies is ever relevant in a world where religious belief is a driving force behind social and political events. Anyone operating internationally requires an understanding of the importance of religion and its cultural contexts. The course engages with various disciplines from the perspectives of the history, practice and thought of the major world religions of Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism.
The Theology and Religious Studies course at Cambridge involves the study of sacred texts (including biblical studies), philosophy, sociology, history, language, literary criticism, and the construction of ideas. Students have considerable freedom to create a varied programme of study by selecting from this breadth of topics. However, those who prefer to specialise in one area are equally able to follow a particular pathway.
The Cambridge course is a diverse and demanding degree that addresses fundamental questions through a range of religious traditions and philosophical standpoints from a global perspective.
Ancient and modern resources
The award-winning Faculty building is fully equipped with lecture and seminar rooms, a multimedia library, and audiovisual facilities.
Other resources include the manuscripts held in the University Library, such as the Codex Bezae (an important early version of the Gospel) and the Genizah collection (a globally significant source for medieval Judaism). The international teaching staff includes specialists in a variety of faith traditions and in the study of religion and religious practice.
As well as the full three-year course, it's possible to study one or two years of Theology and Religious Studies, either before or after one or two years of another subject, such as English; Philosophy; Classics; History; Human, Social, and Political Sciences; Law; Asian and Middle Eastern Studies; History of Art; Natural Sciences; and Medicine.
Excellent career prospects
Our course equips students with significant transferable skills that are applicable to and valuable in a wide range of professions. Around 40 per cent of our students continue to further study in Theology or related disciplines, teacher training or law conversion courses.
Other recent graduates have gone on to graduate schemes for Barclays Bank, Apple and the Foreign Office; and positions such as head of media for a campaign group, policy lead at the Department for Education and UK president of the World Council of Peoples for the United Nations.
The Faculty offers a one-year Advanced Diploma for those who haven’t studied Theology and Religious Studies at undergraduate level, but already have a degree in another subject. Contact the Faculty Office for more information.