Bachelor of Theology for Ministry (BTh)

A full-time, two-year course leading to an award of the University of Cambridge.


  • Students have the opportunity to study the Scriptures, Christian doctrine and Church history, as well as a range of pastoral and contextual subjects. You are also required to undertake supervised pastoral placements and reflect on these critically in relation to theological studies.
  • The programme is taught within the Cambridge Theological Federation. Some papers are taught alongside  Tripos students in the University of Cambridge Faculty of Divinity, others are taught solely through the CTF.
  • Assessment for most papers for the BTh degree is by a combination of examination and essay.


The First and Second Examinations are taken at the end of each of the following two years. Candidates must take the equivalent of four Full Papers – one from each of the four subject groups set out below.

Candidates may offer one dissertation in place of any paper for the Second Examination. In addition, candidates for the Second Examination have to satisfy the examiners in pastoral studies by submitting a portfolio containing work from a Church placement, a social placement; and pastoral ministry. This pastoral studies programme is pursued throughout the course of the degree and is equivalent to two Full Papers. The list that follows is indicative only; some modules may not run.

  • Biblical Hebrew
  • New Testament Greek
  • Reading the Christian Bible
  • Old Testament Studies
  • New Testament Studies
  • Old Testament Exegesis
  • New Testaments Exegesis
  • Advanced Feminist Interpretation of the Bible
  • Advanced OT Exegesis
  • Christian Doctrine
  • Belief and Practice in the Early Church
  • Church History topic
  • Biblical Themes in Christian Doctrine
  • Biblical Theology
  • Philosophy of Religion
  • Patterns of Christian Worship
  • Subjects specified by the Faculty Board
  • Anglicanism
  • Reformed Tradition
  • Further Studies in Christian Doctrine
  • Theology and Science
  • Further Church History
  • Judaism, Christianity and Islam in Encounter
  • Christian Ethics
  • Advanced: Theologies of hope
  • Pastoral Portfolio (compulsory)