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Information about the Theology MPhil and PhD programmes for the University of Cambridge can be found on the Faculty of Divinity’s website. Students undertaking these awards matriculate within the University and will be members of a University College. Speak to the Director of Studies at your chosen member institution for further details.

Applicants interested in the MPhil and PhD awards offered by Anglia Ruskin University should speak to the Director of Studies at their chosen member institution. We particularly welcome enquiries from prospective candidates wishing to do research related to the special interests of one of the Federation’s member institutions. More information about Anglia Ruskin’s awards can also be found on the Anglia Ruskin postgraduate studies web pages.

MPhil: You’ll need a Bachelor degree or equivalent with first or upper second class honours, in a related subject area.

PhD: You’ll need a Master degree or equivalent in a related subject area.

Please note we consider most candidates for PhD with progression from MPhil. If you want to apply for direct entry to the PhD route, you’ll also need to provide academic justification for this with your application.

If English is not your first language, you’ll require a minimum IELTS score of 6.5, with a minimum of 5.5 in each component (or equivalent test).


A Master’s degree with marks of at least 67 per cent; where appropriate a GPA of at least 3.8.  Applicants who are currently taking the Faculty of Divinity’s M.Phil. degree must achieve an overall average of at least 71 per cent and at least 71 per cent for their thesis.


Applicants in all subject areas are expected to have achieved 1st class or 2.1 honours degree with marks of at least 67%; or a GPA of at least 3.8; or performance at an equivalent level in an honours degree.

New Testament and Early Christianity applicants are required to have at least two years study of New Testament Greek.

Philosophy of Religion applicants must have a strong philosophical background and relevant theological knowledge.

Old Testament applicants must have knowledge of the relevant biblical languages, notably biblical Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek.

Religions of Antiquity applicants must have knowledge of Greek or Latin.

World Christianities applicants need to have a first degree in Theology, Religious Studies, History, Anthropology or another discipline involving contemporary cross-cultural study.


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7.0 Writing

7.0 Reading

7.0 Speaking

7.5 Total


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25 Writing

25 Reading

25 Speaking

110 Total


To find out more or to apply, contact the Director of Studies at the member institution of your choice.

Institution Contact
Margaret Beaufort
Ridley Hall
Wesley House
Westcott House
Westminster College
Westfield House