A relentless pursuit
The study of theology and religion is increasingly important in a world where religious belief is a driving force behind social and political events.
Theology, Religion, and Philosophy of Religion is a broad and demanding degree that addresses fundamental questions through a range of religious traditions and philosophical standpoints. Encompassing the history, practice and thought of the major world religions of Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam and Judaism, the course develops your understanding of the significance of religion and its cultural contexts.
You have considerable freedom to create a varied programme of study by exploring a diverse range of topics. Alternatively, you can follow a particular pathway if you wish to specialise in a specific area of interest.
World class resources
Cambridge is an excellent place to study religion – offering access to the latest research and historic resources in the Faculty, College and University libraries. For example, the University Library holds the Codex Bezae (an important early version of the Gospel) and the Genizah collection (a globally significant source for medieval Judaism).
Our outstanding teaching is delivered by world experts in a variety of faith traditions and in the study of religion, religious practice, and philosophy of religion.
Additional course costs
There are no compulsory course costs for Theology, Religion, and Philosophy of Religion. Some students may want to buy a book to help with their chosen scriptural language and a Bible or Bible translation, usually available for around £20. Full course details are available on the Faculty of Divinity website and if you have any queries about resources/materials, please contact the Faculty (see fact file, right).
To be able to change course, you need the agreement of your College that any change is in your educational interests, and you must have the necessary background in the subject to which you wish to change – in some cases you may be required to undertake some catch-up work or take up the new course from the start/an earlier year. If you think you may wish to change course, we encourage you to contact a College admissions office for advice. You should also consider if/how changing course may affect any financial support arrangements.
As well as the full three-year course, it's possible to study one or two years of Theology, Religion, and Philosophy of Religion, 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; and History of Art.
Excellent career prospects
Our course equips students with significant transferable skills that are highly valued in a wide range of professions. Around 40% 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 positions such as equity broker for an investment bank, marketing campaign executive, personal assistant to the head of a philanthropic foundation, and assistant private secretary in the Civil Service.
The Faculty offers a one-year diploma for those who haven’t studied religion at undergraduate level but have a degree in another subject. Contact the Faculty Office (see fact file, right) for more information.
This course was formerly known as Theology and Religious Studies.