DPhil in Theology and Religion

A DPhil — our name for a PhD — commands worldwide recognition. It will prepare and enable you to make an original contribution to your field.

Length of study

Completing a DPhil requires at least three years of full-time research, although this period can be extended if you chose to study part time. For many of our students it is the beginning of an exciting academic career.


Our large and committed faculty of world-renowned scholars will guarantee that your work receives expert supervision and we actively ensure that you benefit from a high level of interaction with all of our staff.

Find out more about our supervisors.

Course content

You will begin research as soon as you arrive at Oxford with formal submissions of work-in-progress normally made at the end of your first and second years. Your completed thesis will be examined orally and there is no additional written examination.

There is no taught component of the programme but all of our students choose to take advantage of our extensive selection of seminars, lectures and reading groups in order to broaden and enhance their knowledge of both their area and the wider field.


If you are interested in joining our community find out how to apply and take a look at the University’s fees and funding page.


You may also be interested in reading our handbooks for Postgraduate Research Students.