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M.Phil. On Campus
21 months
26405 GBP/year
11605 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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The Master of Philosophy (MPhil) in Theology degree from the University of Oxford offers more extensive study of a particular field of theology at an advanced level, with rigorous training in relevant research methods and a period of scholarly research and writing.


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.

Graduate destinations

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.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

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

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 21 months

Start dates & application deadlines




180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
Upper Second Class
GRE admission requirements GRE® The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. It contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.
160 (verbal)
150 (quantitative)
5 (analytical)

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • 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.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    26405 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 26405 GBP per year and a duration of 21 months.
  • EU/EEA

    11605 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 11605 GBP per year and a duration of 21 months.


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