MPhil student ordained to the diaconate
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.
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.