Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) in Theology

Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) in Theology for Ordinands

The Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) in Theology offers an excellent introduction to theology for those whose first degree was not in theology.  Students may choose from a broad range of topics in areas of doctrine, ethics, history, and Biblical studies, as well as philosophy of religion and other religions. The course is taught via lectures, tutorials, and seminars.  Opportunities for ministerial formation are integrated into the course and provide a foundation for future ministry.

Except in special circumstances, the PGDip in Theology is not normally considered a ministerial pathway as a stand-alone course, but is usually combined with another higher degree.  It often acts as a conversion course for those wishing to go on to further theological study at both master’s and doctoral level.  For more information, please contact Wycliffe directly.

The PGDip in Theology 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 in Theology at Wycliffe Hall is Dr Darren Sarisky.

Designed for students who have already completed an undergraduate degree in another discipline, this course culminates in a Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) in Theology from the University of Oxford.   Teaching is delivered in the form of lectures, seminars, and tutorials.  Paper choices are made in conversation with the Course Director in order to ensure the satisfaction of ordination requirements, and any subject specialisation requirements should the student wish to continue onto further academic study.  For a general overview of the course, please see the PGDip in Theology webpage on the University of Oxford Admissions website, as well as the PGDip in Theology webpage on the University of Oxford Faculty of Theology and Religion website.  

Full details on the course structure can be found in the Course Regulations for the Postgraduate Diploma in 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 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 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 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 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 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.