Undergraduate Certificate in Theological Studies (CTS)

The Undergraduate Certificate in Theological Studies (CTS) is designed to give students a grounding in Christian ministry and theological study.  It provides an excellent framework for ministerial preparation, being both academic and practical.  This course can be taken either full-time for one year or part-time for two years.  The part-time course requires attendance at Wycliffe Hall one day per week, which is ideal for students who would like further theological education or preparation for lay ministry but are unable to commit to full-time study.

The Undergraduate Certificate in Theological Studies at Wycliffe Hall offers:

  • A foundational introduction to the core disciplines of theology, ministry, and apologetics
  • Teaching by core Wycliffe Hall staff and university faculty
  • All the intellectual rigour of the University of Oxford, combined with the pastoral and ministerial insights of Wycliffe tutors
  • Flexible assessment structures
  • An evangelical ethos with the opportunity to participate in formational activities and the life of the worshipping community
  • The option to continue onto the Diploma in Theological Studies or the Bachelor of Theology course

Course Structure

The Course Director for the CTS at Wycliffe Hall is Dr Ben Johnson.

For a general overview of the course, please see the University of Oxford Department of Continuing Education’s webpage for Theological Studies.

Full-time Wycliffe Hall students enrol in either the Apologetics* or Theology and Ministry Track and take the following papers over the course of one year.

Alternative papers not listed above may possibly be taken but are subject to availability, timetabling, course regulations, and approval by the Course Director.

* Those students applying for the Apologetics Track who wish to be considered for the one year OCCA Programme can find out more about the programme here.  Please note that applications to OCCA make no difference to your likelihood of acceptance to the CTS at Wycliffe Hall.

Part-time Wycliffe Hall students attend class on Mondays only and take the following papers over the course of two years.

Alternative papers not listed above may possibly be taken but are subject to availability, timetabling, course regulations, and approval by the Course Director.

Students who wish to continue their studies may be able, depending on their results in the Certificate, to continue to the Diploma in Theological Studies or to the Bachelor of Theology.   For further information on these pathways, please see the University of Oxford Department of Continuing Education’s webpage for Theological Studies.

Formational Activities

Students have the option of participating in the many formational activities offered at Wycliffe Hall, including daily chapel services, weekly fellowship group meetings led by a Wycliffe tutor, placements with churches or other ministries, preaching classes, and missions.

Entry Requirements

  • Students applying to Wycliffe Hall must be at least 21 years old.

For further entry requirements, please see the University of Oxford Department of Continuing Education’s webpage for Theological Studies.

Fees

For tuition fees, please see please see the University of Oxford Department of Continuing Education’s webpage for Theological Studies.

Applicants for the CTS once offered a place are eligible to apply for a Needs based scholarship which can be used towards the cost of their fees. In recent years, most applicants for scholarships have been successful. Wycliffe Hall is most grateful for the support of benefactors who make this possible

Please consult with our Admissions Officer, John Michaux, for further details at john.michaux@wycliffe.ox.ac.uk 

Accommodation fees can be found on the Wycliffe Hall Accommodation webpage.

In addition, Wycliffe Hall students pay a termly Common Room fee, the amount of which is decided on a yearly basis but usually approximates £50.00. 

How to Apply

Students apply directly to Wycliffe Hall through our online application system.

However if you are wishing to apply for 2017 please contact John Michaux our Admissions Officer on either + 44 (0) 1865 274205 or admissions@wycliffe.ox.ac.uk first

Those students applying to the Apologetics Track of the CTS who wish to participate in the OCCA programme must make a separate, additional application directly to OCCA using their online application system.

Information for non EU and EEA students about visas can be found here