Clare College Cambridge

Applying for Theology, Religion, and Philosophy of Religion


Admissions Requirements


It is not necessary to have done Religious Studies at school to apply for Theology. You will need the ability to write essays on the basis of wide and critical reading, willingness to study a language that will probably be new to you, intellectual curiosity, and good results at A-level, or some equivalent qualification. A typical offer would be A*AA at A-level or 7,7,6 (42+ overall) in the IB or the equivalent in other educational systems.


Written Assessment


All applicants are required to take the university-wide at-interview written assessment for Theology, Religion, and Philosophy of Religion. Further information about this is available here.




Applicants who are selected for interview will be interviewed in the second or third week of December. Each applicant will normally have two interviews. Applicants will also be asked to send two pieces of written work that show their ability to write essays. Essays written for A-level (or equivalent) courses are suitable. Applicants who are not doing essay-based A-level subjects, should consult us about this. For students who have not studied Theology or Religious Studies at school, English or History essays would be ideal alternatives.