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[Until 1 October 2014: General Regulations


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With effect from 1 October 2005 study for the Degree of Bachelor of Divinity will only be permissible for students already registered for the degree. No new applications will be accepted.

§1. Qualifications of Candidates for the Degree of Bachelor of Divinity

  1. 1. Any Master of Arts who has incepted in this University or has been incorporated in this University, or any person upon whom the Degree of Master of Arts has been conferred by decree or special resolution may supplicate for the Degree of Bachelor of Divinity, provided that
    1. (1) he shall have either obtained a First or Second Class in the Honour School of Theology or Philosophy and Theology or passed or have been exempted from the Qualifying Examination hereinafter prescribed; and
    2. (2) he shall have obtained from the Board of the Faculty of Theology and Religion a certificate that he has presented published work and/or a thesis of a high standard of merit such as entitles him to supplicate for the degree.
  2. 2. The Board of the Faculty of Theology and Religion shall have power to exempt a candidate for the Degree of Bachelor of Divinity from the requirement that he pass the Qualifying Examination.

§2. Qualifying Examination

  1. 1. The Qualifying Examination shall be in Christian Theology as specified in the regulations below. 2. The examination shall be under the supervision of the Board of the Faculty of Theology and Religion. 3. No candidate shall be admitted to examination unless either he is a Master of Arts, or has passed all the examinations required for the Degree of Bachelor of Arts not less than five terms before that in which the examination is held.
  2. 4. Candidates holding the Diploma in Theology who satisfied the examiners for the diploma in the same papers as are specified for the Qualifying Examination may, with the approval of the board, be deemed to have passed the Qualifying Examination. Candidates holding the Diploma in Theology who satisfied the examiners for the diploma in three or two of the papers specified for the Qualifying Examination may, with the approval of the board, be deemed to have satisfied the examiners for the Qualifying Examination in those papers, in which case they shall be required, in order to pass the examination, to satisfy the examiners at one examination, in only one other paper or two other papers respectively. 5. Every candidate shall be examined in writing and, unless individually excused by the examiners, viva voce.

§3. Work Submitted and Certificate

  1. 1. Every candidate who proposes to present a thesis must notify the Board of the Faculty of Theology and Religion, indicating the area of Christian Theology in which he intends to write the thesis. The board shall then assign an Adviser, who shall interview the candidate and advise him on a precise topic. The candidate shall then submit a title and statement of area and method for the board's approval, which must be obtained before the candidate can proceed, and which will not normally be given unless the board is satisfied that the candidate has the linguistic competence appropriate to the subject proposed. The candidate shall be instructed to consult the Adviser further at a point prior to submission of the thesis.
  2. 2. A candidate who submits papers or books which have been produced in collaboration shall state in respect of each item the extent of his own contribution.
  3. 3. Every candidate must send to the Registrar:
    1. (1) three copies of the published work or typewritten thesis,1 2 unless the board, on application from the candidate, shall for special reasons order otherwise;
    2. (2) a statement of what part, if any, of his work submitted has already been accepted, or is being concurrently submitted, for any degree in this or any other University;
    3. (3) the fee prescribed in the appropriate regulation (see Appendix I);
    4. (4) evidence that his application has the approval of his society.
  4. 4. The work submitted shall be examined by at least two examiners appointed by the board. The examiners shall also publicly examine the candidate in the subject of his submission and in matters relevant thereto. The examiners shall report3 to the board through the Registrar, and it shall be the duty of the board to decide whether leave to supplicate for the degree shall be granted to the candidate, but such leave shall in no case be granted unless the examiners shall have reported that the work submitted by the candidate and as tested by his public examination is of a high standard of merit such as entitles him to supplicate for the degree, provided further that they shall have excluded from consideration in making their report any part of the work which has already been accepted, or is being concurrently submitted, for any degree in this or any other University, and shall have the power to require the candidate to produce for their inspection the whole of the work so accepted or concurrently submitted. 5. A candidate who has failed to obtain leave to supplicate may apply to the board through the Registrar for leave to submit his work again in a revised form. If the board approves the application the candidate shall be permitted to submit his work to the board again after a period, not being less than four months, to be determined by the board, and the provisions of clauses 3 and 4 of this Section shall apply to him. 6. A candidate to whom leave to supplicate has been granted by the board may supplicate for the Degree of Bachelor of Divinity, provided that he has delivered to the Registrar a copy of his thesis for deposit in the Bodleian Library.]

[Until 1 October 2014: §4.] Degree of Doctor of Divinity

  1. 1. Any person belonging to one of the following classes may become a candidate for the Degree of Doctor of Divinity under the conditions set forth in this section:
    1. (a) Masters of Arts who have incepted in this University and have entered upon the thirtieth term from their matriculation;
    2. (b) Masters of Arts of the University of Cambridge or Dublin who have been incorporated in this University and have entered upon the thirtieth term from their matriculation at Cambridge or Dublin;
    3. (c) Undergraduates or Bachelors of Arts of the University of Cambridge or Dublin who have been incorporated and have incepted in the Faculty of Arts in this University and have entered upon the thirtieth term from their matriculation at Cambridge or Dublin;
    4. (d) Persons on whom the Degree of Master of Arts has been conferred by decree or special resolution, other than a degree honoris causa, and who have entered upon the ninth term from their admission to that degree;
    5. (e) Doctors of Philosophy, Masters of Letters or of Science, and Bachelors of Letters or of Science who have entered upon the twenty-first term from their matriculation.
    2. A candidate for the Degree of Doctor of Divinity shall apply to the board through the Registrar and shall submit with his or her application work dealing with some subject or subjects in the area of Theology or the Study of Religions. At least three printed copies of all the work submitted shall be provided by the candidate. This evidence must consist of published papers or books and one year at least must elapse between the publication of any such paper or book and its submission as evidence in support of an application.4 The evidence may include published work previously submitted successfully by the candidate for the Degree of Bachelor of Divinity. A candidate who submits work which has been produced in collaboration shall state in respect of each item the extent of his own contribution. 3. The application shall also be accompanied by the fee prescribed in the appropriate regulation (see Appendix I) and by a certificate signed by some officer of, or some person deputed by, the society to which the candidate belongs, and showing that his or her application has the approval of such society. 4. The work submitted by the candidate shall be examined by at least two judges appointed by the board. They shall report to the board through the Registrar, and it shall be the duty of the board to consider their report, and to decide whether the evidence submitted constitutes an original contribution to the advancement of theological knowledge of such substance and distinction as to give the candidate an authoritative status in this branch of learning. 5. If the board, after consideration of the reports of the judges, shall approve the evidence as sufficient for the degree, it shall give leave to the candidate to supplicate for the degree, and shall notify its decision in the University Gazette. One copy of each of the papers and books submitted as evidence shall remain in the possession of the University for deposit in Bodley's Library, provided that no book or paper of which the library already possesses a copy shall be so deposited except with the consent of the candidate and of the librarian, unless the copy submitted by the candidate shall be of a different issue or shall contain alterations or additions.
1. Until: 1 October 2014: * Published work submitted should not exceed 100,000 words (excluding only the bibliography); a thesis should not exceed 75,000 words (excluding only the bibliography, which in the case of a thesis is compulsory). Unless the board has excused the candidate from this requirement, the thesis must be typed on one side of the paper only, with a margin of 3 to 3.5 cm on the left-hand edge of each page. The thesis must have a stabbed binding with covers of stout manila or stiff cardboard and a canvas back, or must be stitched and bound in a stiff case. (It should be noted that the thesis must be bound and that a loose-leaf binder of the screw-in type is not acceptable.) Candidates are advised to pack each copy of the thesis intended for the examiners into a separate parcel, ready in all respects, except the address, to be posted to the examiners when appointed. Each parcel should bear the candidate's name and college and the words ‘BD THESIS’ in BLOCK CAPITALS in the bottom left-hand corner, and a slip giving the address to which the examiners should write should be enclosed with each copy of the thesis. Candidates are responsible for ensuring that their examiners have no difficulty in communicating with them. The separate copies thus packed, together with the library copy, should be sent to the Registrar in one covering parcel.
2. The following instruction is issued to candidates by the Board of the Faculty of Theology and Religion. References should be precise; and, where these are to such works as writings of fathers and schoolmen, the title of the treatise and, when these exist, the number of the book, chapter, and section should be given, not only the volume or page or column of particular editions.
3. If the examiners are satisfied that the candidate's thesis, as it stands, is of sufficient merit to qualify him for the degree but consider, nevertheless, that before the thesis is deposited the candidate should make minor corrections (which are not sufficiently substantial to justify reference back for re-examination), they may require the candidate to correct the thesis to their satisfaction before they submit their report.]
4. If papers or books published in the calendar year preceding that in which application is made are submitted, the applicant should specify the exact date of publication.