Theology is an ancient intellectual discipline with continuing and momentous social significance around the world today. Students gain an understanding of the intellectual underpinning of religious traditions, and of the social and cultural contexts for religious belief and practice.
In order to engage fully with the questions raised by the critical study of Theology and Religion you will be required to become something of a historian and a philosopher, a textual and literary critic, and a linguist. The ability to employ these disciplines effectively will not only make you a scholar of religion but equip you to embark on a wide range of careers. Regent’s typically admits six students in Theology and Religion each year.
Are applicants required to submit written work?
Yes, submit one piece of written work which has been marked in the normal process of school or college work.
Do I need to sit a test?
No, there is no written admissions test.
What proportion of the teaching in Theology and Religion is done by Regent’s tutors and fellows?
Most of the course is taught in Regent’s, although when this is not possible students are tutored elsewhere in the University.
How close is Regent’s to the Theology Faculty and the faculty libraries and resources?
10 minutes’ walk. The Regent’s library has the best stock of Theology books of any of the colleges or halls in the University.
How are students in Theology taught?
Teaching is mainly in tutorials of two. There are classes for the ancient languages.
What can a first year student expect to study?
In the first year four papers are taken: Religion and Religions, Introduction to the Study of the Bible and The Figure of Jesus Through the Centuries. You will also take one of the following: New Testament Greek, Biblical Hebrew, Qur’anic Arabic, Vulgate Latin, Pali and Sanskrit.
What do the students say?
“Studying theology at Regent’s has been an absolutely amazing experience and I would recommend it to anyone considering applying. Firstly, you get all the advantages of studying at Oxford, and also specifically the great resources and benefits that Regents gives.”
“Regent’s is definitely one of, if not the best college to study theology at. One advantage of Regent’s is the library, which has a fantastic collection of theology books. Only the theology faculty has more, and that is just 2 minutes round the corner, so you do not have to go far at all to get books you could need. Also, having a lot of theology tutors on site, means there is a lot of support close at hand, and because of Regent’s size you get to know tutors really well.”