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:
1101 - Introduction to the Study of the Bible
1201 - The Figure of Jesus through the Centuries
1301 - Religion and Religions
Additionally, students must choose ONE of the following beginners’ language papers:
1001 - New Testament Greek
1002 - Biblical Hebrew
1003 - Church Latin
1004 - Qur’ānic Arabic
1005 - Pali
1006 - Sanskrit
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, including a thesis, which is the only compulsory paper.
The remaining seven papers are chosen from a list published by the Faculty of Theology and Religion at the beginning of each academic year (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 submission of written for individual papers is specified in the official paper descriptions.
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 official paper descriptions published by the Faculty.
The Faculty is 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.