Number of students per year
Typical offer

A*AA at A-level, or 7 7 6 (42+ overall) in the IB. For other qualifications, please see the University entrance requirements page.


Essential subjects

There are no essential subjects for this course.

Useful subjects

The department suggests that essay-based subjects are good preparation for undergraduate study.

Theology at Clare

Students apply to read Theology at Clare for various reasons. What they have in common is an interest in the religious dimension of human life, and the desire to study it in greater depth. 

Some have a religious faith they want to test and deepen, but this is by no means universal or necessary amongst Theology students. The Tripos is called ‘Theology, Religion, and Philosophy of Religion’ because it is intended to appeal to those interested in Jewish, Islamic or Christian Theology, as well as those who are interested in comparative religion or the philosophy of religion.

There is also a possibility to study in cross-disciplinary fields, looking, for example, at the interaction between Theology and Literature, Psychology, and Science. Some students want to use a theological degree as a basis for teaching or ministry. Others have no particular career in mind, but are looking for an intellectually demanding course which will address issues they consider to be of fundamental importance.

Visit the University's subject page for more information.


Mark Smith, Dean of Chapel

Dr Smith’s academic research focuses on the history and theology of the early church. He is an affiliated Lecturer in the Faculty of Divinity, where he teaches papers on the church in late antiquity, as well as supervising a number of PhD students working in the field. His current writing projects include a commentary on Jude & 2 Peter (to be published in 2025) and an accessible guide to the early Christological debates (to be published in 2023/24). 

Rev'd Dr Mark Smith
Director of Studies in Theology, Religion, and Philosophy of Religion