Course Structure – Theology @ Cambridge

Year 1 (Part Ia)

  • Five papers designed to give you a broad introduction to the basic concepts, knowledge and skills. There are two compulsory subjects:
    • one scriptural language – Hebrew, New Testament Greek, Qur’anic Arabic or Sanskrit
    • a paper in biblical studies, either on the understanding of God in the Hebrew Bible or on Jesus and the Gospel’s origins (you can take the other in place of one of the choices below)

    Plus three other papers from a choice of five:

    • Christianity and the Transformation of Culture – considering key periods and issues in the history of Christianity and its interaction with non-Christian cultures
    • Who is Jesus Christ? – introducing some of the major themes of Christian theology through a focus on Jesus Christ
    • Understanding Contemporary Religion – an introduction to the sociological study of religion
    • World Religions in Comparative Perspective – looking at the history, beliefs and practices of the main religions of the world and the problems of comparing them
    • Philosophy of Religion and Ethics – debating questions such as the nature of metaphysics, arguments for the existence of God, and the objectivity of morals
AssessmentFirst University examinations:
5 written papers. 2 Compulsory core subjects and 3 papers from a choice of 5.
Year 2 (Part IIa)
CoursesChoose a total of four papers out of 17:

  • Scriptural languages and texts
  • Intermediate language and texts – Hebrew/ New Testament Greek/ Sanskrit/ Arabic
  • The literature, history, and theology of the exilic age
  • The letters of Paul
  • The Johannine tradition
  • Christianity in Late Antiquity (to circa 600)
  • Reform and renewal in Christian history
  • Study of theology I
  • God and the Imago Dei
  • Philosophy of religion: God, freedom, and the soul
  • Ethics and faith
  • Christian Culture in the Western World
  • Religious themes in literature
  • Life, thought, and worship of modern Judaism
  • Introduction to Islam
  • Life and thought of religious Hinduism and of Buddhism
  • Logic (Paper 3 of Part IA of the Philosophy Tripos)


AssessmentFinal University examinations:
4 written papers
Year 3 (Part IIb)

  • In your final year, you choose four from a wide range of papers, which includes advanced papers in the Part IIA subject areas as well as Special Subjects and interdisciplinary papers, such as:
    • Theology and Science
    • Judaism and Hellenism
    • Topics in Christian Ethics
    • Self and Salvation in Indian and Western Thought
    • Sacrifice
    • Scriptural languages and texts
    • Intermediate language and texts
    • Advanced languages and texts: Hebrew III /  Greek/  Sanskrit / Arabic
    • Metaphysics

    You can choose to write a dissertation of 10,000 words in your third year instead of one paper.


AssessmentFinal University examinations:
4 written papers