Religion and its ideas have shaped much of the way people behave today, and this academic discipline provides an understanding of the intellectual structures of religions, and of the social and cultural contexts for religious belief and practice. Theology at Oxford is an ancient degree and has been instrumental in religious debate, reform and turmoil in the British Isles for eight centuries.
Contemporary study of Theology and Religion at Oxford is adapted to the key debates around religion in the twenty-first century and the curriculum covers all the major world religions. Students can also examine the relationship between religion and science, and the place of religion and religious ethics in public life.
As an undergraduate the first year provides experience of the methods of theological study and an opportunity to acquire skills in one of the scriptural languages, or to investigate philosophical problems. In years two and three you may choose to specialise further in biblical studies, or in historical and contemporary theology, or in the study of another major world religion.
|Terms 1 and 2|
|Courses3 or 4 papers are taken in the first year:
||AssessmentFirst University examinations:
One written paper in three or four subjects
|CoursesFour compulsory core subjects:
Four further options
Whichever track you choose, you may add one or two language papers or an extended essay on a topic from the same or other tracks or from a wider range of other options
|AssessmentFinal University examinations:
Eight written papers (four core papers and four options), plus an optional extended essay and optional papers in Greek and Hebrew