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

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


Apologetics Track

Theology and Ministry Track


Old Testament

Old Testament

New Testament

New Testament

History, Doctrine, Ethics

Church History

Church History

Christian Doctrine

Christian Doctrine

Apologetics & Pastoral Theology

Christian Faith and Philosophy* Introduction to Ministry*

Christianity in the Contemporary World*

Introduction to Worship*


  Biblical Hebrew*
  Biblical Greek*

* Those on the Theology and Ministry Track can choose two of these in addition to the four compulsory modules

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

Part Time Track

Year 1 Introduction to the Old Testament
Introduction to Ministry 
Introduction to Worship
Introduction to Christian Faith and Philosophy
Year 2 Introduction to the New Testament
Introduction to Christian Doctrine
Introduction to Church History

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.

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.

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


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 Student Recruitment and Admissions Officer, Jo Wakefield, for further details at recruitment@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.

Applications for 2019 are now in the 'Open Field'. Applications received before the end of June may still be considered subject to availability.

If you have queries please contact Jo Wakefield our student Recruitment and Admissions Officer on either + 44 (0) 1865 274205 or recruitment@wycliffe.ox.ac.uk first.

To be considered applications must be complete and that includes receipt of references.  Applications without one reference or both references cannot be considered. 

So it is in applicants' interest to check with their referees that they have been submitted. 

Please remember a referee cannot be a member of your family.

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