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Doctoral Programs

The PhD is a research degree by dissertation. Entry to the doctoral program normally requires a Master’s degree in the discipline of the PhD proposal of at least 30,000 words by research dissertation, and for which the student was awarded at least a grade at the level of 2nd Class Honours division one or division A.

In some cases, candidates may be admitted to the Master’s in Theological Studies (Marriage and Family) degree and be considered by the Academic Board for an upgrade to PhD candidature status upon the completion of a 30,000 word thesis. If the candidate completes the 30,000 words of research and it is not graded at the level of 2nd Class Honours division A or 1st Class Honours then the candidate may use the research towards the Master’s degree in Theological Studies.

Coursework, if any, in the PhD program is normally a prerequisite for admission to candidacy or as an optional supplement to the student’s studies to date.

The minimum period for completion of the PhD degree is normally three years for a full-time student or four years for a part-time student.

The maximum period for completion of the PhD degree is normally four and a half years for a full-time student and six years for a part-time student.

An extension may only be granted by the Academic Board on the recommendation of the supervisor(s), endorsed by the Dean.

For further details regarding doctoral degrees, please see pdf Doctoral Handbook and Regulations (157 KB) .