Assessment: Thesis of up to 100,000 words (80,000 words for students starting after January 2014) and oral examination (viva)
Why embark on a Ph.D.?
Undertaking doctoral research at London School of Theology provides you with the opportunity to be involved in research at the cutting edge of the theological disciplines. You will have the opportunity to furnish both the worldwide church and the academic community with expertise that will carry the best traditions of evangelical Christian scholarship into the next generation and enable you to teach at tertiary level.
LST offers research supervision for the Ph.D. degree in collaboration with Middlesex University, which awards the degree. A Ph.D. thesis must show the ability to test ideas and critically investigate your chosen area. You need to offer a substantial fresh discovery or analysis, to argue some new critical hypothesis, or to provide substantial new arguments for an older one. Ultimately your research must result in an independent and original contribution to knowledge, which, in principle, is worthy of publication. By the time your thesis is submitted, you should be able to show that your competence in your chosen area is comparable with that of the experts. Ph.D. candidates are expected to have the ability to interact with their primary sources in the original languages (e.g. Hebrew or Greek) as well as with secondary material in the main research languages (English, French, and German). Languages required will vary considerably according to the area of study and some may require no foreign languages.
POSSIBLE AREAS OF RESEARCH
The lists below give an indication of the main areas of interest among our research supervisors; follow the links to individual supervisors’ profiles to find out each one’s more specific interests. Projects that fall outside these areas will also be considered.
- Old Testament
- New Testament
- Linguistics and biblical studies
- Church history and historical theology
- Systematic and philosophical theology
- Applied theology and ethics
- Music and Worship
- Christian worship and preaching
- Mission theology and history
- Islamics and Christian-Muslim relations
- Gender and Sexuality
- Pentecostal and Charismatic Studies
RESEARCH ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
Normally you should have a good Honours degree (2:1 or above for the MTh, MPhil, and Ph.D.) in a theological, biblical or related subject. If you have taken a second theological degree (e.g. a British MA in Biblical or Theological Studies) you will find yourself much better equipped for a research degree.
If your degree is in some other discipline, you may be considered if you can show evidence of suitable formal theological education, such as a British DipHE. Work experience can be considered in place of qualifications in some circumstances.
For a North American Master’s degree, you should have a GPA of at least 3.6 for the MTh and at least 3.8 for the MPhil.
Candidates registered for the MTh or the MPhil whose work proves to be of the appropriate standard may (with the agreement of their supervisor(s) and the Director of Research) transfer of registration, to MPhil or to Ph.D. respectively.
Registration for a Ph.D. programme: as is normal in UK universities, you will initially be registered for ‘MPhil with a view to Ph.D.’. Formal transfer to Ph.D. registration normally takes place when you are about a year (of full-time study) away from its completion.
If English is not your first language you will need to arrange to take the British Council’s English test. We cannot confirm your place until you have produced an IELTS test report and reached a score of 7.0 (all individual elements should be 6.5 or higher) or an equivalent English language proficiency report. There are many test centers, easily sourced on the internet. Your proficiency in English will also be considered at interview.
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Last updated February 13, 2018