Blackfriars is a small, supportive and international academic community, which welcomes undergraduate and postgraduate students (aged 21 or above), all of whom, from different backgrounds and religious traditions, value our distinctive ethos.
Undergraduates may study Theology and Religion, Philosophy and Theology, Theology and Oriental Studies, or Philosophy, Politics and Economics.
Our academic study in Blackfriars Hall is informed by a common life of friendship alongside the Dominican friars of Blackfriars Priory, and those training for the priesthood in Blackfriars Studium. The Dominicans, a religious order of the Catholic Church, first came to Oxford in 1221 and returned in 1921.
The hall continues the Dominicans’ historic mission to engage with contemporary thought by participation in the life and work of a modern university that is committed to excellence in teaching and research. Our Aquinas Institute specialises in the thought of St Thomas Aquinas and its modern relevance. The Las Casas Institute promotes critical reflection on questions of human dignity in the light of the Catholic social teaching and theology. Our students enjoy access to special lectures by distinguished visitors and to conferences offered by the institutes.
Blackfriars is located on St Giles’ in the city centre, with student accommodation in nearby St John Street, and offices in Beaumont Street.
Accommodation and meals
Accommodation in St John Street, with wifi, catering and laundry facilities, is guaranteed to all first-year undergraduates, and offered to available. Students are offered the opportunity to take meals at nearby partner colleges.
Blackfriars normally accepts undergraduate students for Theology, Theology and Philosophy, Theology and Oriental Studies and PPE only. Each year, the hall offers the Blackwell Scholarship to one student, based on academic merit. There is also a scholarship available to female students studying philosophy and theology, and other bursaries which vary from year to year.
Our outstanding library of more than 35,000 volumes in philosophy and theology opens daily from 7.30am (8.30am at weekends) to 10pm. There is a wifi network and a computer suite. The Junior Common Room (JCR) offers a comfortable place to relax and socialise.
Blackfriars offers free membership of the University gym. There is an active Wine Society, and the Women’s Group hosts speaker events. The JCR organises frequent social events. Highlights in Blackfriars’ social calendar include the Thanksgiving Dinner, Advent Party, a reading week in the country, the Priory Dinner, and summer garden party. Students regularly combine with members of other colleges for sporting activities.
Dr George Bitsakakis
Val Dodd BLitt
Dr Brian King
Dr Scot Peterson
The Revd Dr Richard Conrad OP
The Revd David Sanders OP
Dr Santha Bhattacharji
Tutor for Women
Dr Frances Reynolds
Visiting Student Programme:
Ms Elizabeth Mullard