Divinity is one of the oldest disciplines in the University of Cambridge. St Edmund’s College welcomes applications from mature and affiliated students for places on the B.A. Eddie’s Undergraduates benefit from the varied forms of theological expertise at postgraduate and senior level that are present in the College. There are several postgraduates reading for the Diploma, an MPhil or the PhD in the Faculty of Divinity. This fruitful exchange of ideas is facilitated by the Theology Discussion Group, which meets once a term to consider some aspect of academic interest.
Members of the Fellowship teach in the Faculty and are active in various areas of research. Drs Philip McCosker, Peta Dunstan, Dirk Jongkind, Edward Kessler and Michael Robson, Fellows of the College, are involved in the supervision of students at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.
The Theology, Religion, and Philosophy of Religion course provides students with many choices of study throughout their degree. In Part I (first year), students are introduced to basic concepts and skills via three optional papers (courses) and two compulsory papers – the study of one scriptural language and a paper in biblical studies. In Part IIA (second year), students can choose from sixteen options to study four papers. Part IIB, or final year, again involves the study of four papers from a wide range of options, and students can choose to write a dissertation instead of taking one paper. Assessment is mainly by written examinations each lasting three hours.
Applications from mature students taking A levels or Access courses are welcome. There are no specific subject entry requirements for the course, although a facility with languages would be beneficial for students taking Part One of the Tripos. Entry requirements can be found here. You will be asked to submit two pieces of written work as part of your application.
Please note that your performance in the assessment at interview will not be considered in isolation, but will be taken into account alongside the other elements of your application.