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Course summary

Students must write a 100,000 word thesis on a topic defined by their research proposal under the supervision of a relevant faculty member. Students will read on their own topic and work closely with their supervisors to define the research and compose the thesis. Most of the research projects which are supervised fall within biblical studies (including hermeneutics); church history; pastoral and practical theology; doctrine and mission studies. The PhD programme can be finished in 36 months of full-time study or 72 months of part-time study, with completed theses assessed by viva voce examination. Accepted students will be admitted initially to the MTh programme, to upgrade by viva to the PhD programme after either one year (for full-time students) or two years (for part-time students) of study. Distance-based students are expected to come to campus at least once a year for our annual postgraduate research conference (normally held at the end of June), or more frequently at the discretion of their supervisor.

Assessment method

Completed thesis assessed by viva voce examination.

How to apply

International applicants

International students need to have an IELTS (International English Language Test Score) of 7 and the English language test must have been taken within the last two years. Non-UK/EU students who wish to study residentially must secure a Tier 4 student visa, before the start of their studies.

Entry requirements

An upper 2nd Class Honours degree in an appropriate field, or equivalent (e.g. 3.5/4.0 in a GPA system). It is preferable that applicants hold a Master’s degree in the chosen area of study as well. Students are also expected to have facility in research languages requisite for the project proposed.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

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Additional fee information

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Theology at Trinity College, Bristol - UCAS