Students, both undergraduate and graduate, are admitted solely on academic grounds.
However, St Benet's Hall remains a Benedictine monastic hall of studies and the regular life
of prayer and community are important for monks. All students are asked to be supportive of this way of life
and its values. Everyone is welcome to attend the liturgy of the Hall, but is not under any obligation to do so.
Please note that St Benet's Hall, as a monastic house of studies, can only accept male students.
Those interested in applying to St Benet's Hall are encouraged to get in touch with the Master directly (email@example.com) with a view to arranging a visit to the Hall, and talking to tutors and students in their chosen subject. For information about charges to students of the Hall click here.
• Undergraduate students are admitted for the following subjects in the Humanities: Theology; Philosophy and Theology ; Theology and Oriental Studies (4 a year); History; History and Politics; History and Economics (4 a year); Philosophy, Politics and Economics (3 a year); Classics; Classics with Oriental Studies (3 a year); Oriental Studies (all subjects except Chinese and Japanese); Oriental Studies with Classics (2 a year). Please click on the subject names in this paragraph for an information sheet about all subjects studied at St Benet's Hall.
• Candidates for admission should use the standard process for application
to Oxford, fully described on the University’s website. Candidates
from English, Scottish or Northern Irish schools are expected to use the
UCAS process. High academic and personal standards are expected
of candidates for St Benet’s. Offers to UK candidates will
be made dependent on the attainment of 3 A grades at A level or equivalent
qualifications from the Scottish system. American candidates for a second
BA should average at least 3.8 GPA in their university gradings.
• St Benet’s Hall welcomes candidates from the priesthood and religious orders, particularly those from the Benedictine order, on the condition that they be of the standard demanded by the University. The Hall supports the
Blackfriars Studium ordination course.
St. Benet’s Hall follows exactly the same admissions process as all other colleges of the University. This applies not only to our ordinary lay students, but also to monks and clergy. Please see the instructions on the University website, which gives the latest information about the application process but also about fees and funding: www.ox.ac.uk/admissions.
Since PPHs now follow exactly the same procedure as the Colleges, please note the following differences from the application procedure in the past:
- You can only apply directly to St Benet’s Hall as your first choice college. To do this, indicate your 'College of preference' on the UCAS form by using the drop-down list and entering the campus code 1 (STB). Choosing St Benet’s as your first choice college will not affect your chances of being given a second interview at another college.
- Applicants to St Benet's Hall or other Permanent Private Halls no longer have the option of putting down a PPH as a 'second choice'. All Colleges and PPHs have given up the possibility of being named as 'second choice', in order to allow a more equitable distribution of second interviews (if needed) across the university.
- Second interviews are now arranged by the Faculty, using a ‘smart’ computer system to distribute the candidates. This second interview may be at St Benet’s, but this cannot be guaranteed. Therefore, if you are actively interested in St Benet's Hall, you need to consider putting us down as your first-choice college.
- The one difference with the Colleges is that you may OPT OUT of being interviewed at St Benet’s or another PPH. When all the applications are in, you will receive an e-mail from the Undergraduate Admissions Office asking if you wish to refuse to be considered by St Benet's Hall or one or more of the other PPHs. This allows you to opt out both for second interviews and for ‘first choice re-allocation’. As you may be aware, if a college is very over-subscribed with first-choice candidates, some of these will be re-allocated to other colleges, which then become the 'first-choice' college. The opt-out is necessary because of the distinctive character of the PPHs, particularly of St Benet’s, which is small and single-sex.
GRADUATE ADMISSIONS SELECTION CRITERIA FOR ST BENETS HALL
Applications are considered for any of the courses in which St Benet’s Hall offers admission. Please consult the list to see these courses by clicking here.
If an applicant for another course has a special reason for wishing to be a member of St Benet’s Hall, he should consult the Master before submitting an application to the Graduate Admissions Office.
Applicants must first have been accepted by a Department or Faculty of the University of Oxford before any college or permanent private hall can formally consider them for admission. Applications are usually considered by the Master and Senior Tutor in consultation with the Hall’s Director of Studies in the relevant subject.
Please note that any offer of a place will be subject to satisfactory financial evidence that the applicant can meet the tuition and living costs for the duration of the course. Please consult this guidance for more details by clicking here.
An applicant’s religious affiliation, or lack of one, is of no account when considering applications. However, we wish our students to respect the Benedictine ethos of the Hall, which fosters a small and tight-knit community. We therfore ask our graduate applicants to visit the Hall and talk to the Master, if at all possible. This is both so that the candidate can get the feel of St Benet’s, and so that the Master can fulfil his responsibiltiy to maintain the cohesion and balance of the Hall.
Graduate numbers are maintained in proportion to the whole student body, and this means that graduates at St. Benet’s are part of a small graduate bodyof about 3--5 members, amplified by the presence of 3-5 student monks, who are usually doing some form of further or graduate study. Although most of our graduates do not live in the Hall, the graduate body mixes closely with an undergraduate body of 45--50 students, mostly in the 18—22 age group, and form one Joint Common Room.
To judge if this is the right environment for you, it is advisable for a visit to take place before an application is submitted to the University. In the case of monks, religious, clergy and seminarians, the Master will also wish to be in direct communication with the candidate’s superior or ordinary at an early stage.
St Benet’s aims to give its graduate members the same sustained, individual attention that it gives to its undergraduate members, and to draw them in to a warm and supportive shared community.