The Theologos Programme

Would you like to spend a year in the ancient University City of Oxford?

  • Following the way (via) of Jesus in a formational community of prayer and Bible reading

  • Seeking the truth (veritas) of Jesus by in-depth study of Christian faith and practice

  • Sharing the life (vita) of Jesus in Spirit-empowered service and mission to the world

These are three of the daily ingredients of life at Wycliffe Hall, inspired by our motto: via, veritas, vita, from John 14 verse 6 where Jesus says he is the way, the truth and the life. Our vision is to see the nations transformed by the gospel, which we seek to do by the renewal of Christian leaders in prayer, character, thinking and, for some, preaching. We want to share this privilege with others and are inviting a cohort of up to 24 international students to join us each October.


The Theologos programme builds upon the Certificate in Theological Studies from the University of Oxford, enhanced by the exciting addition of:

  • Daily morning prayer and worship in community for spiritual formation. Spouses welcome.
  • A weekly reading group discussing C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, Dorothy L. Sayers, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, James K.A. Smith and others to engage secular culture.
  • ‘Fireside chats’ with world-leading Christian thinkers and leaders, like Professor N.T. Wright and Professor Nigel Biggar.
  • Being part of a residential community, in which spouses are welcome.
  • Full access to the libraries, facilities, lectures and societies in the University of Oxford.
  • Termly trips for guided engagement with arts and culture in both Oxford and London (priced individually). Spouses welcome.
  • Opportunities to meet a coach to pray and discern the future

Many of our students continue their studies leading to the Diploma or Bachelor in Theological Studies from the University of Oxford

The Certificate in Theological Studies


Required classes:

Old Testament

New Testament

Church History

Christian Doctrine


Optional classes (choose two):

Christian Faith and Philosophy

Christianity in the Contemporary World  (including Mission, Evangelism, and Issues in Science and Faith)

Christian Ministry  (including Youth Ministry)

Christian Worship (including Worship Leadership)

Biblical Greek (no prior knowledge required)

Biblical Hebrew (no prior knowledge required)


This course is

  • Offered by the University of Oxford
  • Designed and taught by Wycliffe Hall tutors
  • Delivered in lecture and seminar formats
  • Engaging with historic and contemporary issues
  • In-depth academic study with practical ministry application
  • Assessed with a flexible assessment structure


The Theologos programme is a unique opportunity for anyone who wishes to deepen their understanding of the Christian faith and be equipped to apply it to the challenges of the contemporary world. It is especially suited for someone who is:

  • Passionate about the Bible, theology, apologetics, and ministry
  • Wanting to unpack the big questions of our generation
  • Seeking to be better equipped for ministry and witness in the workplace
  • Studying for pastoral ministry, who wants a year of their training in Oxford. (Diploma classes may be substituted where equivalent classes to those on the Certificate have been completed.)
  • Taking a sabbatical from their regular work
  • Transitioning into a role of greater Christian ministry
  • Preparing for further theological study

This programme builds on the well-established Certificate in Theological Studies, taken by over 150 students, who are using their learning all around the world.

“My year in Oxford was life changing. Intellectually I developed in terms of biblical knowledge, church history, and apologetics. But the deepest blessing was to enter into the community in worship and fellowship. The new friendships that developed will be there for a lifetime.” (Bruce Beard, alumnus)

“In addition to Oxford’s immense academic and spiritual resources, at Wycliffe we lived alongside students from across the world. The staff at Wycliffe were generous in sharing their experience, learning, and lives, and were passionate about our spiritual and ministerial formation. Our training needs were very different and we appreciated the opportunity to individually tailor our learning.” (Liz and Paul Franklin, alumni)

Would you like to be part of the next cohort?


For more information, contact:

Jo Wakefield: (UK), or Meredith Ainley: (International).

Apply online at by 28th February.



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