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The Gordon McPhate Essay Prize for Science and Christian Theology was been established at Chester Cathedral in 2018 and is given in recognition of the fifteen years (2002 – 2017) that The Very Rev’d. Professor Gordon McPhate was Dean of Chester.

The 2020 Prize is now open for applications.

Who is it for?
It is expected that the essay will be attractive to those in any year of undergraduate studies who have engaged with, and have an interest in, the intersection of Science and Christian Theology.

What is the title?
There is no set title. The essay can be on any subject which demonstrates the relationship between the physical, natural or life sciences and Christian theology, broadly conceived, including studies that compare Christian perspectives with those of other religious traditions.

How long is the essay?
The essay is to be 3,000 – 5,000 words.

What is the prize?

What is the deadline?
Friday 27 March 2020

When will the winner of the prize be announced?
Friday 29 May 2020

How do I submit?
Send the essay as an electronic attachment together with a personal CV (with your full name and postal address) of no more than half a page of A4 and a covering letter of recommendation from your tutor to Canon Jane Brooke, Canon Chancellor, Chester Cathedral at

Who will judge the prize?
The prize will be judged by a panel made up of a representative of Chester Cathedral, a representative of the Society of Ordained Scientists, and a representative of the University of Chester.