Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Theology and Religion

Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Theology and Religion for Ordinands

The BA in Theology and Religion is an intellectually rigourous course that provides students with an introduction to academic Christian theology.  Taking a combination of required and elective papers, students will study a broad range of topics in Christian theology via lectures, tutorials, and seminars.

The BA in Theology and Religion at Wycliffe Hall offers:

  • Student-centred learning, with an emphasis on student initiative and exploration 
  • All the intellectual rigour of the University of Oxford, combined with the pastoral and ministerial insights of Wycliffe tutors
  • Sustained personal interaction with and support from tutors  
  • An evangelical ethos with the opportunity to participate in formational activities and the life of the worshipping community 
  • A proven track record of outstanding performance:  Wycliffe Hall students have achieved the top first for the last four consecutive years, and all Wycliffe BA students achieved firsts in their finals in 2015

Course Structure

The Course Director for the BA in Theology and Religion at Wycliffe Hall is Dr Darren Sarisky.

Designed for students who have already completed an undergraduate degree, this three-year, full-time course culminates in a BA in Theology and Religion from the University of Oxford.  Ordinands will primarily focus on their academic studies in the first two years, but continue for a third year after their finals to complete their ministerial formation and conduct personal study that will benefit their future ministry.

Wycliffe students enrol directly into the fourth term of the BA curriculum.  For a general overview of the course, please see the Theology and Religion webpage on the University of Oxford Admissions website.  

Full details on the course structure, including paper options and assessment methods, can be found in the Handbook for Students in the Honour School of Theology and Religion.

Due to the requirements of ordination, whilst some papers remain elective, Wycliffe ordinands are required to take the following papers:

  1. 2101 The Narrative World of the Old Testament or 2102 The Poetic World of the Old Testament   
  2. 2103 The Gospels   
  3. 2204 Key Themes in Systematic Theology   
  4. 2401 History & Theology of the Early Church (64-337 A.D.) or 2402 Early Modern Christianity 1500-1648  
  5. 3102 Paul and the Pauline tradition

For detailed information on the specific academic programme for the BA in Theology and Religion for ordinands at Wycliffe Hall, please see the Handbook for Bachelor of Arts in Theology and S3 Year.

Formational Activities

Ordinands are expected to participate in the life of the worshipping community through participation in daily chapel services and a weekly fellowship group led by a Wycliffe tutor.  During their second and third years, ordinands participate in weekly placements with a church or other ministry organisation, as well as one 5-week summer placement.  Ordinands also serve in 1-2 church missions.  

Integrated study weeks provide ordinands with a chance for in-depth study of key topics such as baptism, communion, and ethics.  Preaching classes are taken throughout the course with supervised preaching engagements during the first year.

For detailed information on the specific formational programme for the BA in Theology and Religion for ordinands at Wycliffe Hall, please see the Handbook for Bachelor of Arts in Theology and S3 Year and the Ministry and Formation Handbook.

Entry Requirements  

  • Students applying to Wycliffe Hall must be at least 21 years old.

For further entry requirements, please see the ‘Requirements’ tab on the Theology and Religion webpage on the University of Oxford Admissions website.

Fees

For tuition fees, please see the ‘Fees and Funding’ tab on the Theology and Religion webpage on the University of Oxford Admissions website.  

Accommodation fees can be found on the Wycliffe Hall Accommodation webpage.

In addition, Wycliffe Hall students pay a termly Common Room fee, the amount of which is decided on a yearly basis but usually approximates £50.00.

Out-of-pocket expenses incurred for travel related to placements and missions will be reimbursed up to a fixed limit.

Ordinands should consult with their sponsoring body regarding arrangements for payment of fees.

How to Apply

Church of England Ordinands:  Apply directly to Wycliffe Hall through our online application system.

Non-Church of England ordinands:  Apply to the University of Oxford through the UCAS system.  For detailed information, please see the ‘How to Apply’ tab on the Theology and Religion webpage on the University of Oxford Admissions website.  Students are able to indicate their preference to join Wycliffe Hall on their UCAS application.  For detailed information, please see the University of Oxford Choosing a College webpage.