Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

  • Course Title

    Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
  • Length of Study

    3 Years (Full-Time) 6 Years (Part-Time)
  • Start Date(s)

    September 2023
  • Course Accreditation

    University of Manchester

Course Overview

Specialisms include: Biblical Theology, Church History, Christian Theology, Missiology, New Testament Studies, Old Testament Studies, Practical Theology, Second Temple Judaism, Wesley Studies, and Wesleyan Tradition.

Full-time and flexible part-time routes available for research degrees. The registration period of full-time study is 12 months for the MPhil and 36 months for the PhD. The registration period for part-time study is 24 months for the MPhil and 72 months for the PhD.

The College is also home to the Manchester Wesley Research Centre, a collaborative venture involving a growing number of partner institutions with an interest in studies within the Wesleyan tradition. The MWRC is affiliated with the Methodist Archives, housed in The John Rylands Library. These research centres provide magnificent resources for students and researchers in this field.

Nazarene Theological College is an approved partner of The University of Manchester, delivering programmes developed by Nazarene Theological College, approved by and leading to an award of the University of Manchester.

Entry Requirements

Candidates for the MPhil or PhD must normally demonstrate the following:

  • A Bachelors (Honours) degree at 2:1 level or above (or its international equivalent) in a related subject; and
  • A UK Master’s degree with an overall average of 65% or higher, with a minimum of 65% in the dissertation and with no mark below 55% (or its international equivalent) in Religions and Theology or a related subject.
  • Any strong, relevant work experience will be considered on a case by case basis.

Candidates without formal research experience (i.e. a dissertation) will normally be required to undertake all or part of an MA as the first stage of the research programme. Applicants whose first language is not English need to demonstrate their English proficiency. Postgraduate (Research) students need a minimum IELTS score of 7.0, or its equivalent, overall.

Fees & Funding

Course Fees: £9,011 per year (UK) / £15,418 per year (non-UK)
The College is supported by gifts and donations from Churches and from individual donors, and this allows student fees to be set at a competitive rate.

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