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Admissions - Studying at Blackfriars

Why choose Blackfriars Hall?

Our size 

The Hall's student intake is among the smallest in the University, which enables us to be a particularly close community.

A long tradition of scholarship

The first Dominicans arrived in Oxford in 1221, shortly after the foundation of the Order.  Suppressed at the Reformation, the Dominican community was refounded in 1921, and Blackfriars Hall became a Permanent Private Hall in 1994.

Our teaching staff specialises in Philosophy and Theology, and includes leading experts in their fields. 

Blackfriars has a specialist Theology and Philosophy library, containing a number of volumes not readily available elsewhere.

Our location

All our buildings, including student housing, are in the city centre, close to the main university libraries, departments and faculties (not to mention bars, cafes and shops).


Do I need to be a Catholic to study at Blackfriars?

No. Our students come from wide variety of backgrounds: some are religious believers, others are not. However, our students need to feel comfortable sharing a common space alongside the Dominican community of Blackfriars Priory, and to respect the community’s values and way of life.

News & Events

17th Oct
Register now for the 7th Anscombe Memorial Lecture

Cardinal Willem Jacobus Eijk, Archbishop of Utrecht
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15th Oct
Matriculation Michaelmas Term 2016

Congratulations to our new students who matriculated on Saturday.

10th Oct
Honorary Fellow of Blackfriars appointed as a Cardinal

On Sunday 9th October, Pope Francis appointed His Excellency The Most Reverend Joseph Tobin CSsR, Archbishop of Indianapolis, as one of seventeen new...

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