Diploma of Higher Education in Theology, Ministry, and Mission

The Diploma (HE) in Theology, Ministry, and Mission is a two-year course for Church of England ordinands which integrates academic learning, practical training, and spiritual formation with Wycliffe Hall’s emphasis on Jesus Christ, the Bible, and church leadership.  The first year of study concentrates on strong theological foundations, while the second year builds on those foundations, giving both breadth and depth.  Ministerial training is fully integrated throughout the course.

The Diploma (HE) in Theology, Ministry, and Mission at Wycliffe Hall offers:

  • A curriculum designed and shaped by Wycliffe Hall tutors for evangelical ministerial training in the Church of England
  • Consistent emphasis throughout on academic, ministerial, and formational aspects of training
  • All the intellectual rigour and learning resources 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

Course Structure

Designed for students who have been approved for ministerial training within the Church of England, this two-year, full-time course culminates in a Diploma (HE) in Theology, Ministry, and Mission from the University of Durham.  Although the Diploma is awarded by Durham, all of the teaching and learning takes place in Oxford.  Teaching is normally conducted by Wycliffe Hall staff in lectures and small group seminars. There are also opportunities to attend other University lectures, and there may be the chance to have teaching in conjunction with other Theological Colleges.  

Full details on the course structure, including paper options and assessment methods, can be found under Wycliffe Hall on the TEI Module Overview webpage on the University of Durham Common Awards website.

Ministerial & 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.  To gain hands-on ministry experience under the guidance of a mentor, ordinands participate in weekly placements, as well as one 5-week summer placement.  The placements can be at a church or other ministry organisation, and Oxford is well-served with a variety of ministry environments from which to choose - from urban to rural, affluent to socially deprived.  Ordinands also serve in 1-2 missions.  

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

For detailed information on the specific ministerial and formational programme for Common Awards ordinands at Wycliffe Hall, please see the Common Awards Handbook and the Ministry and Formation handbook.

Entry Requirements

Ordinands applying for the Common Awards Diploma must be recommended for training by the Church of England.


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 tuition and other fees.

How to Apply

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