Statutes and Ordinances of the University of Cambridge

The Ordinances contained in this Chapter are Ordinances of the General Board

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Conditions of award.

1. The Diploma in Theology and Religious Studies shall be awarded to a member of the University, qualified under Regulation 2, who has diligently attended the course of instruction prescribed by the Faculty Board of Divinity, which shall extend over one academical year, and who has satisfied the Examiners in the examination for the Diploma as defined in the following regulations; provided that he or she has kept three terms. For the purpose of this regulation graduates of the University may count previous residence in statu pupillari.

Standing of candidates.

2. A candidate for the Diploma must be approved by the Degree Committee for the Faculty of Divinity, who shall assign to each candidate a date of commencement of candidature. No one shall be a candidate for the Diploma who has been a candidate for Parts IIa or IIb of the Theological and Religious Studies Tripos; no one shall be a candidate in the same year both for the Diploma in Theology and Religious Studies and for another Diploma or for any Honours Examination, and no one shall be a candidate for the Diploma in Theology and Religious Studies on more than one occasion.

Scheme of examination.

3. The examination for the Diploma shall consist of two Parts, as follows:

Part A

Written papers. Each candidate shall offer three papers chosen from Paper A1 and any of the papers in Groups of B, C, and D of the Theological and Religious Studies Tripos, provided that

  1. (a)each candidate's choice of papers shall be subject to approval by the Degree Committee;
  2. (b)a candidate shall offer at least one paper from Group C or Group D;
  3. (c)a candidate shall offer only one paper from Papers A1, B1, and C1;
  4. (d)a candidate shall not offer a paper which he or she has previously offered in an Honours Examination;
  5. (e)subject to the approval of the Degree Committee, a candidate may elect to offer four papers, in which case the candidate's performance in the paper in which the Examiners judge his or her work to be least good shall be taken into account only if that would be to the candidate's advantage;
  6. (f)no candidate shall offer more than one paper examined by an alternative mode of assessment.

Part B

A dissertation of not more than 10,000 words in length, including footnotes but not bibliography, on a subject approved by the Degree Committee. Candidates shall submit their dissertations to the Secretary of the Degree Committee by the third Monday of Full Easter Term of the year in which they are examined. Each candidate will be required to sign a declaration that the dissertation is his or her own work, unaided except as may be specified in the declaration, and that it does not contain material that has already been used to any substantial extent for a comparable purpose. The Examiners shall have power to examine a candidate viva voce on the subject of his or her dissertation and on the general field of knowledge within which it falls.

Examiners and Assessors.

4. The Degree Committee shall nominate such number of Examiners as they deem sufficient; they shall also have power to nominate one or more Assessors to the Examiners.

5. A candidate who has satisfied the Examiners in both Parts of the examination shall be entitled to a Diploma.

6. In the list of successful candidates special excellence in the examination shall be recognized by the award of a mark of distinction.

Form of Diploma.

7. The Diploma shall be in the following form:

THIS IS TO CERTIFY THAT             having satisfied the preliminary conditions and having been admitted to the examination appointed by the University of Cambridge has been approved59           by the Examiners and has been awarded the Diploma in Theology and Religious Studies.


8. While studying in the University for the Diploma a candidate shall pay the appropriate University Composition Fee for each term of such study.

Relation to courses of research.

9. A student who has taken the examination for the Diploma shall not be entitled to count the period or any part of the period during which he or she has been a candidate for the Diploma towards a course of research for the degree of Ph.D., M.Sc., or M.Litt.


  1. 59. Insert with Distinction if the candidate has been awarded a mark of distinction.a