Interviewing in: Theology

Background on subject

Theology is the study of the nature of religious belief and the divine. Religion is highly relevant to the modern world, through state politics, international relations, financial markets and governmental organisations. Theology overlaps with areas of philosophy, ethics, history, literature, languages, sociology and classics.

At Oxford, Theology is studied as part of the Philosophy and Theology or the Theology and Religion course. At Cambridge, a BA in Theology, Religion and Philosophy of Religion can be studied.

There are no essential subject requirements for students to study Theology. 

Applicants to Philosophy and Theology at Oxford must take the Philosophy Test, and Cambridge applicants for Theology, Religion and Philosophy of Religion are asked to submit written work before interview.


Can I interview in this subject?

You do not have to have studied Theology at university to give a robust and rigorous practice interview in this subject. 

Volunteers from the following subjects, or similar, will also be able to deliver Theology interviews:

Interview types

There are two different types of practice interviews in Theology, which you may be asked to deliver. 

  1. Interview on 'application material' - asking the students' questions about their personal statement, or an essay they will submit as part of their application

  2. Interview on 'unseen material' - asking the students' questions on an article, study, or research paper they have not seen before, testing how they handle new material

SAMPLE Resources

Below you can access a folder of resources for conducting Theology interviews:

  1. Interview on application material - you can see a sample personal statement, highlighted with examples of questions which could be asked

  2. Interview on unseen material - you can see examples of articles which have previously been given to students, along with questions

These resources are intended for inspiration - to give you an idea of the level, length and themes of the material we use in our practice interviews. However, should you wish to use this material in the practice interviews you deliver, just let us know so we can make sure returning students haven't seen it before!


I graduated in Theology from Oxford in 2016. Now I'm training as a mental health social worker with Think Ahead.

I've volunteered with OxFizz as a mock interviewer over this past year.

It's a really enjoyable and easy way to make a social impact. I tell my interviewees to show passion for their subject, and be open to new ways of thinking