School of Divinity

PhD by Distance

For qualified applicants whose circumstances make regular attendance in Edinburgh impossible.

For all students the recommended route to a PhD in the School of Divinity is by full-time study based on residence within reach of Edinburgh. However, suitably qualified applicants - whose circumstances make regular attendance in Edinburgh impossible - may apply to study part-time for a PhD at a distance.

Students enrolled on this mode of study are required to come to Edinburgh for two weeks at least once in each of the six years of study in order to meet with supervisors and attend seminars. These visits include participation in the School’s research methods course ‘Approaches to Research in Divinity and Religious Studies’ at the start of the first academic year, and an annual summer visit thereafter, during which annual reviews will be held. Hence in their first year students would need to pay two visits to Edinburgh, and in subsequent years one visit a year. Students will also be required to return to Edinburgh for their oral examination.

The part-time route is available across the full range of PhD programmes offered by the School.  The academic and English language entrance requirements are the same as for all other PhD applicants. 

Apply online for part-time PhD study in the usual way through the Postgraduate Degree Finder, but there is an additional application form to be submitted directly to the School.

To obtain this extra application form, please email the Graduate School. 

Postgraduate Degree Finder

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