BA Theology and Religion

If you have an enquiring mind and are passionate about asking the fundamental questions of human and divine nature, a BA in Theology and Religion might be the course for you.

This programme offers a broad and balanced curriculum. You will enjoy thinking critically about the complex relationship between religious texts and their social, political and cultural contexts.

Engaging with a wide variety of texts will develop your critical, analytical and comparative skills. You will acquire competence in at least one of six languages and be able to read sacred texts in their original language, a deeply pleasurable and satisfying experience.

On completion of this course you will have gained knowledge and understanding of several religious traditions. You will have thought about what a religion is and how to approach learning about it. You will have studied the Hebrew Bible and the New Testament, the development of Christian doctrine in its historical context, and the thought of modern theologians.

You will be able to form your own judgment on the main themes in Theology and Religion. Your ability to think independently, critically, and to read with sensitivity texts from different ages and traditions will equip you well for life in our diverse and challenging world.

Please find more helpful information on Oxford University's Undergraduate Admission pages.


The following is an overview of the course structure. More detailed information on the first year course can found in the current Course Handbook. 

Terms 1-3

Terms 4-9


Four papers are taken:

  • Religion and Religions
  • Introduction to the Study of the Bible
  • The Figure of Jesus through the Centuries

One of the following languages:

  • New Testament Greek
  • Biblical Hebrew
  • Church Latin
  • Qur'anic Arabic
  • Pali
  • Sanskrit



Choice of seven papers across four subject areas, from which you can select freely.

  • Biblical Studies
  • Systematic Theology and Ethics
  • History of Religions
  • Religion and Religions (Contemporary Judaism, Islam, Buddism, and Hinduism)

All students must prepare a 10,000-word thesis on a topic of their choice.



First University examinations: One written paper in each of four subjects.


Final University examinations: Seven papers (assessed either by written examination or by submitted coursework, depending upon the option), plus a compulsory thesis.

Undergraduate Open Days

We participate in the annual Oxford University Open Days in late June or early July, and in September.  We publish information about our Open Day programme on our website about a month in advance.

Most colleges and Halls that offer degrees in the Faculty of Theology and Religion also participate in the main University Open Days. When visiting Oxford, please take the time to look around at least one college, in addition to attending the Faculty’s own events. Some colleges hold their own College Open Days at other times of year. These colleges offer our courses.

UNIQ Summer Schools

The Faculty is a committed partner of the UNIQ programme of free summer schools at the University of Oxford. If you are currently in Year 12, at a UK State-maintained school, and want to experience what it’s like studying in the Faculty of Theology and Religion, then you should consider applying for a UNIQ course next summer.



Your application

Your application will be assessed against clear criteria. Tutors are primarily interested in previous academic achievements as demonstrated, for example, by GCSE or other examination results, and in the quality of submitted written work, but will also take other information on your UCAS application into account (such as your personal statement and reference). A subject involving essay-writing to A-level, Advanced Higher or Higher Level in the IB or another equivalent can be helpful to students in completing this course, although this is not required for admission.

In interviews tutors will look for interest in the proposed fields of study, your ability to think clearly, form sound arguments and to listen and respond to counterarguments; your openness to learning; evidence of your enthusiasm and motivation for the course, and your oral communication skills. Please check the University website for more information on interviews, and how best to prepare.


Stage 1: UCAS forms due by 15th October

Stage 2: You will need to submit one piece of written work. Criteria vary, so check requirements on an annual basis

Stage 3 Interviews. The majority of applicants are interviewed. 

Good luck with your application!


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