MPhil & PhD

Union is dedicated to raising up the next generation of evangelical scholars who will resource and equip the church with theology of the highest quality. Our research degrees give students the opportunity to explore their subject in great depth, supported by a dedicated supervisory team.

Overview

Research Degrees

A research degree at Union School of Theology will allow you to study a subject in real depth under the supervision of leading evangelical scholars. There are no taught modules or classes, which means that, wherever you are in the world, study can be undertaken with us with minimal disruption to your ministry or employment.

The MPhil and PhD* are postgraduate awards achieved following the production of a thesis and its successful defence in an oral examination. The maximum length of an MPhil thesis is 60,000 words and for a PhD 100,000 words. These limits include footnotes, appendices, and bibliography.

If you are considering a research degree, you will need a strong academic background as well as a research subject that will edify the Church.

The time it takes to complete your research can vary.

  • MPhil (full time) should take no less than one calendar year, but normally two years. You must submit within four years.
  • MPhil (part time) should take no less than two calendar years (time spent during this should be equivalent to no less than one year full-time). You must submit within six years.
  • PhD (full time) should take no less than two calendar years, but normally three years. You must submit within four years.
  • PhD (part time) should take no less than four calendar years (time spent during this should be equivalent to no less than two years-full time). You must submit within seven years.

*All awards are subject to ongoing validation discussions

Essential Information

Before you formally apply for a research degree, you will be asked to submit a pre-application research proposal. This allows us to consider your plan and gather a supervisory team. This proposal consists of a title, 500-word summary, 6 to 8 chapter headings, and 50 indicative references. Please allow at least six months for this process before your intended start date. Please send your proposal to rletham@ust.ac.uk

If your pre-application is accepted you will be asked to submit an online application for which the fee is £300. If your application is accepted, £250 is credited to your first year’s course fees.

Possible start dates are in September, January, and May.

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Next Steps

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