The scholarship examinations, which reward outstanding academic ability, are an old and treasured institution of the College. Second year students put themselves forward for these examinations, which are held in the beginning of Hilary Term (January). In addition to the distinction of begin a Trinity Scholar, successful candidates are entitled to a number of privileges, including free rooms and free meals in College.
The exam consists of four exam papers each lasting 2 hours and 15 minutes. The papers are as follows:
- Philosophy 1
This paper is based on PI1001 of the first year and the first two modules of PI2002 of the second year. There are six sections in this paper and students must answer two questions.
- Philosophy 2
This paper is based on a philosopher of the student's choice.
- Philosophy 3
This paper is based on PI1003 and PI1004 of the first year. There are eight sections on this paper and students must answer two questions.
- Philosophy 4
This paper is based on a topic of the student's choice.
Single Honours Philosophy candidates must sit all four exam papers.
Two Subject Moderatorship candidates must sit Philosophy 1 and Philosophy 2.
Philosophy, Political Science, Economics and Sociology candidates may sit Philosophy 1 or Philosophy 2, or both.
Students who wish to enter these examinations should contact the Head of Department as early as possible in their second year who will assist them in applying and in their preparations.