Master of Philosophy in Philosophical Theology
Differences from 2014/15 to 2022/23
( See also the general notice at the commencement of these regulations. )
The regulations made by the
Board of the Faculty of Theology and Religion are as follows: Candidates will be admitted to take the examination as defined below in a specific year. In exceptional circumstances candidates may be allowed to take an examination later than one to which they were admitted. Permission for this must be sought from the faculty board not later than Monday of the week before the first week of the Trinity Term in which the examination was to have been taken. The application must have the support of the candidate's college and be accompanied by a statement from the supervisor.
Candidates shall be required:
(a ) To present themselves for a written examination in three of the papers prescribed below
, the selection to depend on their previous qualifications;
(b) to present a
thesis 1 faculty board (the thesismust be accompaniedby athe candidate that the thesisis his or herown work except where otherwise indicated; successful candidates may be required to deposit one copy of the thesis in the Bodleian and to sign a form stating whether they give permission for the thesis to be consulted);
(c) to present themselves for a viva voce examination unless individually dispensed by the examiners
(no candidate will be failed without a viva).
1. Philosophy of Religion
with syllabusfor examinationthe same as that for essays forthe B.Phil. in Philosophy.
2. Either Moral Philosophy
or Metaphysics and Theory of Knowledge
or Philosophical Logic and Philosophy of Language
or Philosophy of Science
or Philosophy of Mind and of Action
with syllabus for examination the same as that for essays for the B.Phil. in Philosophy.
3. History of Philosophical Theology
The paper will contain questions on philosophical influences on theology during the patristic period, the early medieval period, and the period 1760-1860. Candidates are required to show knowledge of two of the three periods, and, within each of those two periods, of some of the principal relevant writings, viz. for the patristic period of works of Origen and Augustine, for the early medieval period of works of Anselm and Aquinas, and for the period 1760-1860 of works of Kant, Kierkegaard, and Schleiermacher. Study of texts in the original languages will not be required.
4. Either The Development of Christian Doctrine to
ad787 or Theology in Western Europe from Gabriel Biel to Jacob Arminius as specified for the M.Phil. in Theology (paper 1 of Section A and paper 1 of Section Cof the Christian Doctrine option).
The Examiners may award a Distinction for excellence in the whole examination. If it is the opinion of the examiners that the work done by a candidate is not of sufficient merit to qualify him or her for the Degree of M.Phil. but is nevertheless of sufficient merit to qualify him or her for the Degree of Master of Studies in Philosophical Theology, the candidate shall be given the option of resitting the M.Phil. examination under the appropriate regulation, or of being granted permission to supplicate for the Degree of Master of Studies.