Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) in Applied Theology

Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Theology for Ordinands

The Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Theology (PGDip App) is designed to enable theological reflection upon experience in pastoral practice mainly, but not only, in the context of ministry in the Church.  The PGDip App may be taken by those who hold a pastoral appointment at present, or by students who can include a period of approved pastoral experience in their course of study for the PGDip App. 

Except in special circumstances, the PGDip App is not normally considered a ministerial pathway as a stand-alone course, but is usually combined with another higher degree.  The PGDip App follows the first year of the Master of Theology in Applied Theology (MTh) and students may convert to the MTh following the successful completion of the PGDip App.  For more information, please contact Wycliffe directly.

The PGDip App 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
  • Learning within an environment in which the integration of spiritual formation and academic learning is paramount

The opportunity to be members of the wider Wycliffe community, but also of the Wycliffe Hall Graduate Society, which offers a wide range of additional academic, social, and spiritual support.  For more information on Wycliffe’s graduate provision, please see the Graduate Study webpage on the Wycliffe Hall website

Course Structure

The Course Director for the PGDip App at Wycliffe Hall is Revd Dr Liz Hoare.

Students of the PGDip App focus on four modules.  These include two compulsory papers: ‘Doctrine, Context, and Practice,’ and ‘Experiential Project with Theological Reflection.’  Students then choose two other papers from topics such as Sociology of Religion, Pastoral Psychology, Science and Faith, Spirituality, the Use of the Bible, Liturgy and Worship, Ethics, Mission, Interfaith Dialogue, or Ecumenical Ecclesiology.  Each module is examined by one 7,000 word essay.

This course may be completed full-time in one year or part-time in two years.

For a general overview of the course, please see the PGDip in Applied Theology webpage on the University of Oxford Admissions website. 

Full details on the course structure can be found in the Handbook for the Master of Theology in Applied Theology

Formational Activities

Wycliffe has one of the largest graduate theological communities in Oxford, and specialises in integrating ministerial formation with the academic studies of its graduate ordinands.  Each student is overseen by the Tutor for Graduates, Dr Matthew Kirkpatrick, to discuss their particular needs and to ensure that all graduate ordinands leave Wycliffe academically, spiritually, and pastorally prepared and confident for their future ministry.

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.   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, Islam, and ethics.  Preaching classes are taken throughout the course with supervised preaching engagements.

For detailed information on the specific formational programme for the PGDip in Applied Theology for ordinands at Wycliffe Hall, please see the Ministry and Formation Handbook.

Entry Requirements

Students applying to Wycliffe Hall must be at least 21 years old, and have normally completed a bachelor’s degree in theology with a first or top upper second-class honours or equivalent (GPA of 3.7 or above).

For further entry requirements, please see the ‘Entry Requirements’ tab on the PGDip in Applied Theology webpage on the University of Oxford Admissions website.  

Church of England ordinands must have received recommendation for training from the Church of England.


For tuition fees, please see the ‘Funding and Costs’ tab on the PGDip in Applied Theology 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

Students must apply both to the University of Oxford and to Wycliffe Hall directly:

  1. All graduate applications are made to the relevant Faculty through the University of Oxford online application system.  For detailed information, please see the ‘How to Apply’ tab on the PGDip in Applied Theology webpage on the University of Oxford Admissions website.  Once students have been accepted onto their course by the University, their applications are then sent on to Wycliffe.  Students must indicate their preference to join Wycliffe Hall on their online application.  For detailed information, please see the University of Oxford Choosing a College webpage.
  2. In addition to the University application form (which covers application onto their academic course) students must also apply to Wycliffe Hall directly as their ministerial training base through our online application system.