Ian Ramsey Centre
Why Study Science and Religion at Oxford?
At Oxford, you will join an international group of scholars and students dedicated to pushing new frontiers in research at the intersection of science and religion. The resources of the university's historic interdisciplinary culture as well as the dedicated network of programming in studies of science and religion will help to develop your existing research interests. The personalised tutorial system at Oxford will enable you to sharpen your skills in exploring complex texts, ideas, and historical moments.
Prospective students at all levels of study are invited to apply to the Faculty of Theology and Religion at Oxford, where the Ian Ramsey Centre is based. At the Faculty, you can study the science-religion conversation from a range of different perspectives, becoming adept in different theoretical tools and methods. Our staff offer expertise in:
- - Contemporary natural theology
- - Feminist science studies/science and technology studies
- - Histories of science and religion
- - Physics, theology, and religion
- - Psychology and cognitive science of religion
- - Religion and evolutionary biology
- - Science and religion in Latin America
- - Secularism and postsecularism studies
- - Theology and philosophy of science
Students studying relationships between issues in science and religion gain all of the benefits of a degree in Theology and Religion—detailed attention to writing, experience organising multiple sources into comprehensive research projects, and practice working through complex conceptual and philosophical problems. In addition, studying the historical interactions between science and religion trains students to explore difficult—sometimes even charged—problems from multiple perspectives and develop mediations between them. Students taking degrees in Theology and Religion at Oxford go on to professional work in research, policy, administration, ministry, journalism, law, and business.
Undergraduate study in science and religion can be undertaken in any one of the Final Honour Schools (“Schools”) of the Faculty of Theology and Religion:
A general introduction to the study of Theology and Religion at Oxford is provided on the Faculty’s undergraduate admissions page.
Science and religion issues, from various perspectives and methodologies, are covered principally in the following papers:
- - Christian Doctrine of Creation
- - Introduction to the Study of Religion
Final Honour Schools:
- - Philosophy of Religion
- - The Nature of Religion
- - Science and Religion
- - Psychology of Religion
Ian Ramsey Centre (IRC) teaching staff are available to help guide you through any of the options with an eye towards developing expertise in science and religion.
Applications and Deadlines
For the current undergraduate application deadline and other information on applying to Oxford, see here.
At the graduate level, students are encouraged to apply for the Faculty of Theology and Religion's Master of Studies (MSt) in Theology, with a specialisation in Science and Religion, or Doctor of Philosophy (DPhil) degrees, as appropriate. Applications for doctoral-level research typically require a Master's-level degree in a corresponding field. Please see the Faculty of Theology and Religion's requirements for admission to the Master of Studies in Theology, with a specialisation in Science and Religion or the Doctorate of Philosophy for more information.
For more information, please contact one of our teaching staff.
Applications and Deadlines
The University’s guide to graduate applications as well as a link to the online application form can be found here.
For current graduate application deadlines, see here for the MSt and here for the DPhil. Graduate admissions to the Faculty of Theology and Religion follow the university-wide January/March deadlines. January applications are recommended to allow automatic consideration for the majority of Oxford scholarships and to meet deadlines for other possible funding bodies.