Doctoral Degree

Doctoral degree in Theology
What does it mean to pursue a PhD?

Pursuing a PhD is an exciting process in which the student can develop attitudes such as creativity and originality, self-discipline, self-reflection and personal integrity. You need to be fascinated by your research topic and motivated to do innovatory research. In general, it takes a student approximately five to six years to complete a PhD at our institutions.

New PhD projects should preferably fit into the existing research programmes of our institutions

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What do we offer?

Our universities offer a fully accredited PhD programme, which enables you to work at academic institutions around the world.

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What supervision is offered?

Although our universities do not offer PhD classes or courses, PhD students are guided directly by two supervising professors, one from GST and one from TUA. There is no residential requirement during the research programme. Doctoral students can complete their research wherever they are, staying in touch with their supervising professors through email and Skype.

What do we expect from you?

The Doctoral degree in Theology is achieved through the successful completion of a thesis of 80 000 – 100 000 words, on a religious/theological research area of the student’s choice.

Preferably, new PhD projects should fit into the existing four research programmes of our institutions which are:

  • Biblical Studies
  • Systematic Theology
  • Church History
  • Practical Theology – two main programmes:
  • Formation in Homiletics and the Mission (chair of Practical Theology)
  • Formation identity and personhood (special chair of Pedagogy)

This programme is open to those graduates who have gained a research Master’s degree in Theology (or a related subject) that is accredited in the internationally acknowledged sense of the word.

The thesis for the Doctoral degree in Theology will embody independent research work of distinction. The PhD thesis is:

  • An academic thesis about a certain subject, or
  • A compilation of academic publications that may or may not have been published previously.

International students wishing to apply for a PhD will be required to provide academic documentation as specified below. These documents will be assessed by the professor who is responsible for the area of research in which the applicant would like to pursue his or her PhD.

If the documents indicate sufficient familiarity and compliance with the required academic standards, the applicant will be asked to submit an extensive Research Proposal, according to the instructions given by the supervising professor.

The final decision on admission will be taken by the PhD Board, based on the recommendation of the research group and the supervising professor.

Required documents for admission to a PhD degree study
  • GST/TUA Application Form (AF) (download)
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV) – both personal and academic
  • Copy or scan of previous academic certificates and transcripts
  • Copy or scan of ID, birth certificate or passport
  • a passport sized photo
  • A PhD research plan using the form provided (download)
If English is not your first language
For those whose first language is not English and who have difficulty with the written form, GST will offer the services of a language editor as the thesis progresses.


GST gave me the flexibility I needed

GST gave me the flexibility I needed to undertake research from wherever my work took me in the UK and overseas. I appreciated the assistance given by… Read more

Matthias Inniger, PhD, 2016Caroline Seed, PhD, 2016

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All doctoral theology degrees are conferred by The Theological University of Apeldoorn (TUA), an accredited institution.