All applications for the BTh must be made through one of our member institutions.
This degree of the University of Cambridge was instituted in 1996 with revisions made in 2006 and again in 2013. The programme is studied over two years and candidates must hold a good honours degree as a prerequisite for entry. The majority of papers are taught within the Federation with some options taught alongside Religion and Theology Tripos students in the Faculty of Divinity. Although students are members of a University College, supervisions are undertaken by staff within their Federation member institution.
Assessment for papers for the BTh degree is by either examination, 3,000 word essay or a combination of these. The First and Second Examinations are taken at the end of each of the two years and require the equivalent of 4 Full Papers to be offered by candidates, and regulations ensure studies in all 4 groups of subjects. Candidates may offer one dissertation in place of any paper for the Second Examination.
In addition, over the two years candidates have to satisfy the examiners in Pastoral Studies by submitting a Pastoral Ministry essay in the first year and a portfolio containing work from Church and Social Placements in the second year.
This award can only be taken on a full-time basis.
- Paper 1 Introduction to Biblical Hebrew (paper A1a of Tripos)
- Paper 2 Elementary Hebrew
- Paper 3 Introduction to New Testament Greek (paper A1b of Tripos)
- Paper 4 New Testament Greek
- Paper 11 Reading the Christian Bible
- Paper 12 Christian doctrine
- Paper 13 Belief and Practice in the Early Church
- Paper 14 Reform and Renewal in Christian History
- Paper 15 Special Subject in Christian History. In 2013/14: Christian Culture in the Western World
- Paper 16 Special Subject in the Study of Religion. In 2013/14: Social Sciences and Religion
- Paper 21 Intermediate Hebrew
- Paper 22 Intermediate Greek
- Paper 23 Old Testament Studies
- Paper 24 New Testament Studies
- Paper 25 Old Testament Exegesis
- Paper 26 New Testament Exegesis
- Paper 27 Biblical Themes in Christian Doctrine (not running in 2013/14)
- Paper 28 The Study of Christian Mission
- Paper 29 The Gospel and Western Culture (not running in 2013/14)
- Paper 30 Philosophy of Religion
- Paper 31 Church and Sacraments
- Paper 32 Patterns of Christian Worship
- Paper 33 Subjects specified by the Faculty Board. In 2013/14 this includes:
- Christian Spirituality in Historical Context;
- Reformed Tradition;
- Paper 34 Special Study in Theology for Ministry
- Paper 41 Further Studies in Christian Doctrine In 2013/14: Political Theology
- Paper 42 Further Church History In 2013/14: Themes in World Christianity
- Paper 43 Judaism, Christianity and Islam in Encounter (not running in 2013/14)
- Paper 44 Christian Ethics
- Paper 45 Advanced subjects specified by the Faculty Board. In 2013/14: Feminist Biblical Interpretation
- Paper 46 Further Advanced Subjects specified by the Faculty Board. In 2013/14: Advanced Ethics
- Paper 47 Special Study in Ministry
- Paper 51 Pastoral Portfolio (taken in the First Examination year)
- Paper 52 Pastoral Portfolio (taken in the Second Examination year)