Theology and Religion
There are usually five or six undergraduates studying Theology & Religion or Philosophy & Theology in each year at Mansfield.
Despite its small size, Mansfield is one of the largest colleges for Theology and Religion, admitting around five students per year.
Candidates may apply who have any combination of A levels or equivalent qualifications; it is not necessary to have taken Theology or Religious Studies, although this can be an advantage. An interest in, and aptitude for, linguistic study is desirable, since precision in the use of words is of paramount importance in our field of study, and the first-year course includes study of a scriptural language of the student's choice, though prior knowledge of the language is not expected.
The Faculty of Theology and Religion at Oxford is well known and large, having more than 100 members. It received the highest rating in the most recent research assessment exercise. Library resources are extensive and excellent, including not only the central University library (the Bodleian), but also the faculty library and college libraries like our own (indeed Mansfield has one of the best college collections in Theology & Religion, with a separate room dedicated to this field of study). There are innumerable student societies in the areas of Theology, Religion, and Philosophy to suit all tastes and convictions.
The Theology and Religion tutors are very happy to discuss potential applications with both teachers and students, and to meet applicants at Faculty or College open days, or where possible, at other times.