Please read this information in conjunction with the current Examination Regulations. If there is a conflict between information on this page and the Examination Regulations then, in all cases, the Examination Regulations are authoritative.
Please note that ‘paper’ is the term Oxford uses to describe a component of the course, i.e. a course option, similar to the term ‘module’ in other contexts.
YEAR 1: THE PRELIMINARY EXAMINATION
All students are required to offer a total of four papers for the Preliminary Examination, including the following three compulsory papers (two in Philosophy and one in Theology):
Philosophy I - Introduction to General Philosophy
Philosophy II - Moral Philosophy and Logic
Theology and Religion 1201 - The Figure of Jesus through the Centuries
Additionally, students must choose one other Theology and Religion paper from the following list:
1001 - New Testament Greek
1002 - Biblical Hebrew
1003 - Church Latin
1004 - Qur’ānic Arabic
1005 - Pali
1006 – Sanskrit
1101 - Introduction to the Study of the Bible
1301 - Religion and Religions
There are no formal restrictions on which options students may choose to study. However, as these are introductory language courses, students are advised not to take a language that they have already studied beyond GCSE level. Students with existing competence in the language they wish to study should discuss their choice with their tutor and language teacher.
The Faculty is unable to guarantee the availability of every language option in every year.
YEARS 2 AND 3: THE HONOUR SCHOOL
The course structure outlined below applies for students who commence the Honour School in or after Michaelmas Term 2023, for examination in or after Trinity Term 2025.
(Students who commenced study of the Honour School before Michaelmas Term 2023 follow a slightly different course and should consult the Examination Regulations published in 2021-22. Students may request copies of course documentation prior to Michaelmas Term 2023 from the Director of Undergraduate Studies.)
All students are required to offer a total of eight papers. Three papers must be in Philosophy and three in Theology; the other two may be in either Philosophy or Theology.
For Philosophy, all students must offer:
107 - Philosophy of Religion
EITHER 101 - Early Modern Philosophy
OR 102 - Knowledge and Reality.
and ONE paper from:
103 - Ethics;
OR 115 - Plato, Republic;
OR 116 - Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics.
Additionally, students may choose up to two further papers from those specified in Regulations for Philosophy in all Honour Schools including Philosophy (see see 'Details of Course Options' tab), subject to the restrictions detailed in those regulations.
For Theology, all students must offer at least three and no more than five papers from a list published each year by the Faculty of Theology and Religion (see see 'Details of Course Options' tab). This list specifies the assessment mode for each as well as any restrictions pertaining to individual papers.
Modes of assessment include: written examination, submitted written work of specified length and a combination of these. The length, and deadlines for the submission of written work for individual papers will be specified in the official paper descriptions.
Students may choose to offer a thesis either in Theology as one of their Theology papers or in Philosophy (paper 199) as a fourth or fifth Philosophy paper. Students may not offer both a Theology thesis and a Philosophy thesis.
Students are permitted a relatively free choice from the papers available, although some papers are available for study only by students in their final year. Some papers may not be combined with other papers or may only be studied alongside or after another specified paper. These restrictions are detailed in the Examination Regulations or in the official paper descriptions published by the Faculties.
The Faculties are unable to guarantee the availability of every option in every year.
College tutors will discuss their paper options with their students and require definite decisions as necessary. These decisions may be reported to the Faculty and students are responsible for submitting their own examination entries in Michaelmas Term of their final year.