Taught course

Theology and Religious Studies

University of Cambridge · Faculty of Divinity

Entry requirements

Applicants for this course should have achieved a UK High II.i Honours Degree or its international equivalent. Applications are considered when they are received.

Months of entry


Course content


The Advanced Diploma is a nine-month postgraduate qualification especially designed  for those who already have a degree, but in a subject other than Theology and Religious Studies.  Taking this course may be a first step to doing an M.Phil. or Ph.D. in Theology and/or Religious Studies in this or another university, but does not count towards such a degree.

Please note this course will be renamed to Advanced Diploma in Theology, Religion and Philosophy of Religion with effect from 1 October 2017.

Candidates submit a dissertation of not more than 10,000 words and offer three or four papers selected from Papers A1, B1-B16, C1-C12 and D1-D2 of the Theology and Religious Studies Tripos (the Faculty's undergraduate degree).  Candidates shall offer at least one paper from the set consisting of Papers C1-12 and D1-D2 (third year papers).  Only one may be from Papers A1, B1 or C1 (language papers).  No candidate shall offer more than one paper examined by an alternative form of assessment (ie by essay).

Fees and funding

Fee Home: GBP9468, EU: GBP9468, Overseas: GBP18891

Qualification and course duration


full time
9 months



A dissertation of not more than 10,000 words. The examiners may at their discretion request an oral examination in any aspect of the work submitted by the candidate.


Candidates may choose one of the papers assessed under alternative means. Depending on the paper, such means may be either two essays of no more than 5,000 words each; or a portfolio of supervision essays.


Candidates must offer two papers assessed by three-hour written examination, as well as a third paper assessed either by three-hour examination or by alternative means (see above). In addition, candidates may offer a fourth supplementary paper assessed by three-hour examination.

Course contact details

+44 1223 337733