If you hold a master’s degree, you may be interested in our Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree course in Biblical Studies or Historical Theology.

We run this course in partnership with Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary (PRTS) in Grand Rapids, Michigan. In line with the ethos of PRTS, it combines academic rigour with biblical piety. It focuses on detailed research in the concentration, while also requiring students to reflect on their personal spiritual formation and preaching ministry.

The course consists of 12 modules, followed by a thesis. Modules are taught by PRTS faculty and adjunct faculty, and some can be taken at London Seminary or online.

We give students up to six years to complete the course, and typically it involves two visits to Michigan, at the beginning of your studies and then for the examination of the thesis.

To complete the course, you will need to demonstrate proficiency in two research languages (Latin, German, French, Spanish, Portuguese, or Dutch).

To enrol on the course, you will need

  • a master’s level degree in theology; or, in US terms, a ThM
  • to pass an entry test in Hebrew and Greek

If you apply from a country with an academic structure different than in the US, you will need to give full details of your theological studies.

Generous scholarships may be available to those who need help with paying course fees.

Find out full details of the programme on the PRTS website, where you will also find a link to the PhD Handbook:
PhD in Biblical Studies
PhD in Historical Theology

You can also request a summary of the information from us.

If you would like to apply for a place on our PhD course, get in touch and address your email to our director Garry Williams. Applications are made online via PRTS, but we can offer advice.

Please note that we are not currently able to take students who require a visa to study in the UK.


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