The School of Divinity admits students for supervised research in New Testament & Christian Origins toward the PhD, the MPhil, and the MTh/MSc (by research).
Applications are welcome from students with strong academic preparation, whatever religious background you may have.
The academic staff and postgraduate student body represent a variety of nationalities and religious standpoints.
All applicants are required to have a good command of English in reading, writing, speaking and listening.
Those whose first language is not English must score a minimum of 600 on the TOEFL or an overall score of 7 on the IELTS.
Applicants for PhD work are expected to have strong preparation in New Testament or closely related subjects, and are advised to have read widely and thoroughly in the field. Today, an appropriate masters-level degree programme is usually advised prior to commencing PhD studies.
Before submitting an application, you should also develop at minimum a basic idea of the topic likely to be the focus of your thesis.
You are urged to contact us to discuss your research interests before applying.
We require a statement of your research interest with your application, along with a sample of research writing (in English) of about 5,000 words.
In making recommendations for admission to research degree programmes, we apply four main considerations:
PhD level research requires some competence in other languages.
In addition a good reading ability of Hellenistic Greek, at least a basic competence in biblical Hebrew is expected, as well as the ability to read scholarly publications in German and French.
Some competence in other ancient (such as Latin or Aramaic) or modern languages of scholarship may also be necessary, depending upon the research topic.
In order to avoid lengthening the time spent in their degree studies, it is advisable for prospective students to have at least a basic reading competence in Greek, Hebrew and either German or French at the outset of their programme.
By the end of their first year, a reading ability in Greek, Hebrew, German and French will be expected as a condition for approval to complete a PhD thesis.
We require first year research students to take an advanced Greek readings course to refine and develop their abilities with a variety of Greek texts.
Courses in Hebrew and Aramaic are regularly available in the Faculty, while instruction in Latin, French, German and other languages is available elsewhere in the University.
The Research Seminar in Biblical Studies meets weekly in term, featuring presentations by academic staff, visiting scholars, and PhD students.
All research students are expected to attend this stimulating diet of research presentations.
In addition, postgraduate students are entitled to attend the research seminars of other subject areas in the School, with whom we occasionally also jointly sponsor seminars.
Inquiries are welcome prior to submitting an application. Preliminary interviews are encouraged if a visit is feasible.
Contact Dr Paul Foster for more information.
This article was published on Nov 13, 2013