The precise units assessed in the first year will be determined by the subject stream the student is studying. The choice of essays and dissertation topics is decided by the student, subject to advice from the supervisor and final approval by the Graduate Studies Committee of the Faculty of Theology and Religion. Your supervisor, in most cases, will be the course coordinator for the specific subject stream of the MPhil in Theology degree from the University of Oxford on which you are enrolled. They will provide support, guidance and an overall direction for your studies.
The Faculty of Theology and Religion runs graduate seminars in different subjects, which offer a space for all those doing graduate work to meet regularly and to share aspects of your work with your peers. The seminars are an important way of staying in touch with peers and presenting your research at various stages of development.
The allocation of graduate supervision for this course is the responsibility of the Faculty of Theology and Religion and it is not always possible to accommodate the preferences of incoming graduate students to work with a particular member of staff. Under exceptional circumstances a supervisor may be found outside the Faculty of Theology and Religion. In such circumstances, a second internal supervisor may be appointed.
Students who leave the University of Oxford with graduate degrees in theology enter a variety of careers all around the world.
Over half of those who gain an MSt or MPhil degree proceed to further, usually doctoral study. Most of the others secure employment as, for example, school teachers, civil servants or parliamentary research assistants, or go on to work with non-governmental organisations or in the media and journalism.
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Students on the MPhil in Theology work in one of the following areas:
- Old Testament
- New Testament
- Christian Doctrine, specialising in one of the following sections:
- History of Doctrine: Patristic Theology (c. AD 100-787)
- Issues in Theology with special reference to Patristic Theology
- Issues in Theology with special reference to theology from 1780 to the present day
- Ecclesiastical History (AD 200-600, AD 400-1100, AD 1000-1500, AD 1400-1800, AD 1800-the present)
- Christian Ethics
- 21 months
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DisciplinesReligious Studies & Theology View 132 other Masters in Religious Studies & Theology in United Kingdom
- a first-class or strong upper second-class (67% or above) undergraduate degree with honours in theology, religious studies or another closely related field.
- Entrance is very competitive.
- For applicants with a degree from the USA, the minimum GPA sought is 3.8 out of 4.0.
- If your degree is not from the UK or another country specified above, visit our International Qualifications page for guidance on the qualifications and grades that would usually be considered to meet the University’s minimum entry requirements.
International26405 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 26405 GBP per year and a duration of 21 months.
EU/EEA11605 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 11605 GBP per year and a duration of 21 months.
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