MPhil Philosophical Theology

Course overview

The Master of Philosophy (MPhil) in Philosophical Theology is intended to provide students with detailed knowledge of philosophical theology, its history and a cognate area of philosophy, with the opportunity to hone their skills in research and in written and oral argument in these subjects.


The course consists of a year of tutorials and a year writing a thesis. In the first year, students work on philosophy of religion, history of philosophical theology and an area of either philosophy or theology. Topics available in philosophy of religion include such standards as arguments for and against the existence of God, but also subjects in the philosophical analysis of Christian doctrines. In the history of philosophical theology, you will select two periods from the options of patristic (Origen, Augustine), medieval (Anselm, Aquinas) and modern (Kant, Schleiermacher, Kierkegaard) philosophy. In the third subject, again, students write on core topics and authors.

In the second year, students write a 30,000-word thesis. 


Students are assessed on the thesis and on each of the first-year units, the latter by three-hour sit-down examinations at the end of the second year.

Couse handbook

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How to apply

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