Wycliffe Hall on a sunny day
Wycliffe Hall.
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Wycliffe Hall

About the college

Wycliffe Hall is a centre of excellence for theological study and research, where students are encouraged to grow together both academically and spiritually, within a welcoming and supportive community. 

Wycliffe was established in 1877 as an evangelical ministerial college at the heart of Oxford—an identity that continues to this day as a Permanent Private Hall of the University. Training men and women for Anglican ordination remains an important focus. However, Wycliffe welcomes students from a rich diversity of backgrounds, studying a variety of degrees, and with different trajectories for their lives, and is home to a large and dynamic graduate community. This includes students studying at all levels, from one-year postgraduate diplomas, to masters and doctoral programmes, and those who may be interested in a purely academic trajectory or those pursuing studies in more applied theology.

Wycliffe Hall offers graduates the opportunity to develop their academic training and research to the highest levels, while being supported within a closely knit Christian community. At Wycliffe you will be encouraged to explore your vocation, to prepare for your future, and to experience the riches that Oxford has to offer.

In addition to being involved in the wider Wycliffe community, Wycliffe’s Graduate Centre provides a more intimate community for its graduate students. In addition to supporting its graduates through designated study space, a large theological library, and conference bursaries, it organizes a wide range of events, providing a stimulating environment for graduate students to meet and share with one another academically, socially, and spiritually. All students are also able to make use of the ministry training that the Hall offers in its role as an ordinand training base for the Church of England.

Although the majority of graduates study degrees offered through the Faculty of Theology and Religion, Wycliffe also welcomes applications from those studying non-theological degrees who wish to make use of Wycliffe’s theological expertise and provision in their studies or more broadly.

Prospective students are warmly encouraged to contact the hall to discuss the range of courses offered, which may be the most appropriate fit, as well as how Wycliffe may support them during their studies.

Accommodation and meals

Rooms are available for single students on Wycliffe Hall’s main site.  Around half the rooms are available through the Christmas and Easter vacations, some of which are also available during the summer vacation.

Around half of graduate students are housed in college accommodation. As all students are of graduate age, whether on a graduate or undergraduate course, accommodation is not split along these lines and all students are entered into the same application process.

First-year graduate students may apply for accommodation once an offer has been accepted, and rooms are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, with priority for year round accommodation given to international students. Continuing students are invited to apply for accommodation in a separate application process; most are successful and offered accommodation in Wycliffe Hall for the duration of their course. One room on the main site is suitable for use by a student with physical difficulties.

There is sometimes accommodation available for couples or families, mostly located off-site in separate houses around the city. There is also a crèche in Wycliffe Hall, on the main site, which is open three mornings a week.

Meals are available in the dining hall during term time. A catering fee of £600 is charged to all residential students at the start of Michaelmas term, which can be spent through the year on meals in the Hall’s Dining Room. Each accommodation block on-site contains a full- equipped kitchen.

Further information on accommodation at Wycliffe Hall is available on the college website.

Library and IT services

Wycliffe Hall has a well-resourced theological library and actively acquires the latest theological books, articles and publications.

There is a Graduate Study Room with facilities for private study. Wifi access is available throughout all main buildings and network connections are provided in all study areas and student bedrooms, in addition to the Hall's well-equipped computer suite.

Sport, music and college facilities

Students regularly take part in leading music for daily chapel services.

Wycliffe Hall runs football and cricket teams which play in the University league. The Hall also has a strong sporting partnership with The Queen's College where rowing, rugby, hockey, lacrosse and many more sporting activities are available.

The Hall is adjacent to the University Parks and many students take full advantage of the beautiful surroundings for walks, runs and informal sporting activities.

Students and staff also collaborate each year to put on the 'Wycliffe Revue'. The Revue is different every year but includes a variety of music, drama and comedic items. 

Wycliffe Hall has graduate study rooms with facilities for private study and a kitchenette.

Spouses and children are very welcome for meals in the college and at community events - Wycliffe has a small playground and crèche for students who have families.

Facilities for students with disabilities

Wycliffe Hall welcomes applications from students with disabilities. Some buildings are wheelchair-accessible and the Hall is committed to making reasonable adjustments to facilitate students with disabilities. Please contact the college about any accessibility requirements in advance of application. 

Common Room

Wycliffe's Common Room is a student-only space equipped with a kitchen, television, newspapers, a pool table and plenty of comfortable furniture for socialising.

Courses

This college accepts graduate students for the following courses:


Please note that not all subjects areas or streams of a particular course may be offered by this college. Please see the college information on the relevant course page for further details. For a comprehensive list of all graduate courses available at the University of Oxford, please refer to our courses A-Z listing

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