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Courses

Courses for Ordinands

St Stephen's House offers the following academic qualifications validated by the Ministry Division for ordination training in the Church of England:

Three-year courses

For candidates under the age of thirty-two without a degree in theology:

Candidates with a good 2.1 or 1st class Honours in their first degree

                   University of Oxford, Final Honour School in Theology and Religion

This is a two-year course taught by tutorials, classes and lectures, in which assessment is largely by examination. Candidates who complete this course then spend a further year of study taught and assessed in college before ordination.

                   Common Award BA in Theology, Ministry and Mission

This is a three- year course validated by the University of Durham and taught at St Stephen's House by class and lecture. The course is modular in design, and assesses all aspects of the candidate's preparation for ordination.

Two-year courses

For candidates over the age of thirty-two without a degree in theology:

                   Common Award Diploma in Theology, Ministry and Mission

This is a two-year course validated by the University of Durham and taught at St Stephen's House by class and lecture. The course is modular in design, and assesses all aspects of the candidate's preparation for ordination.

For some candidates with the necessary aptitude and ability demonstrated in their prior learning experience, it is possible to study for the one-year

                    University of Oxford Postgraduate Diploma in Theology

This is intended as a conversion course for non-theologians and qualifies successful candidates to apply for graduate courses in Theology at Oxford and elsewhere. When undertaken as a validated route for ordinands, it is followed by a further year of study taught and assessed in college before ordination.

For all  candidates regardless of age with a degree in Theology:

Candidates with a grading of 67 or more in their final classification for their undergraduate degree

                      University of Oxford Master of Theology in Applied Theology

This is a two-year course intended to develop theological reflection on the practice of Christian faith. It is taught by lecture, seminar and individual supervision, and assessed by three essays and an experiential project in the first year, and a dissertation in the second. Ordinands also receive additional college teaching as part of their formation

For candidates who do not qualify for the MTh there are a variety of Common Award routes that the college will introduce from September 2016.

Research Degrees

Suitably qualified theology graduate candidates may, with the agreement of their diocese and the Research Degrees Panel, apply to work for University of Oxford research degrees such as the Master of Studies (MSt), Master of Philosophy (MPhil) and Doctor of Philosophy (DPhil) as part of their formation.

Special courses

In some circumstances and with the agreement of the sponsoring diocese and Ministry Division, the College is able to offer specially adapted courses for part-time and one-year students.

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