PG Diploma Applied Theology

Course overview

The Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Theology is designed to enable theological reflection upon experience in pastoral practice mainly, but not only, in the context of ministry in the Church. It may be taken by those who hold a pastoral appointment at present, or by students who can include a period of approved pastoral experience in their course of study.


The Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Theology consists of either one year of full-time study, during which students must be resident in Oxford, or two years of part-time study, during which students may be non-residential but must attend classes in Oxford once a week.

Students take four units in total, each assessed by extended essay. The two core units are:

  • Doctrine, Context and Practice
  • Experiential Project with Theological Reflection

Students choose two further units from the following options:

  • Sociology of Religion
  • Pastoral Psychology
  • Science and Faith in the Modern World
  • The use of the Bible
  • Christian Spirituality
  • Liturgy and Worship
  • Christian Ethics
  • Mission in the Modern World
  • Inter-faith Dialogue
  • Ecclesiology in an Ecumenical Context

How to apply

For information on the application process and to apply, click here.

Course handbook

The course handbook is available here.