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Course summary

The information provided on this page was correct at the time of publication (November 2022). For complete and up-to-date information about this course, please visit the relevant University of Oxford course page via www.graduate.ox.ac.uk/ucas. The Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) in Applied Theology is designed to enable theological reflection upon experience in pastoral practice in the context of ministry in the Church. It may be taken if you hold a pastoral appointment at present, or if you are able to include a period of approved pastoral experience in your course of study for the PGDip. 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. You will take four units in total. The two core units are:

  • Doctrine, Context and Practice
  • Experiential Project with Theological Reflection.
You will 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
Core lectures and seminars on methodology and approaches in applied theology will be offered weekly in the first year. Extended essays for particular units will be supervised by an individual tutor. Supervision Students will be assigned supervisors to help you formulate and prepare your essay projects. The number of meetings with supervisors will vary, but you should expect regular, at least fortnightly interactions with supervisors, tutors or course coordinators. For this course, the allocation of graduate supervision 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. Assessment Each of the four units is assessed by an extended essay. Graduate destinations Students who leave the University of Oxford with graduate qualifications in Theology enter a variety of careers all around the world. The majority who graduate with the Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Theology either progress to further study, usually in the MTh in Applied Theology, or secure employment in Christian ministry or other faith-based pastoral work. Some progress to careers such as school teachers, social workers or military officers.


Entry requirements

For complete and up-to-date information about this course, please visit the relevant University of Oxford course page via www.graduate.ox.ac.uk/ucas


Fees and funding

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Applied Theology at University of Oxford - UCAS