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Postgraduate Research Programme - PhD

If you're looking for in-depth study of contextual theology in an academically rigorous way, a PhD could be for you.

About Our Research Programme

The postgraduate research programme is validated by York St John University. Alongside your individual study, we create many opportunities for those on our programme to come together for learning, support and encouragement. There is opportunity to discuss and present research findings, to share best practice, and to develop the skills needed for intensive research. These are rich occasions of community and friendship, as well as enabling new learning to take place.  

Entry Requirements

It is normally expected that those studying on our research programmes will have at least:

  • A Bachelors (Honours) degree at 2:1 level or above (or its international equivalent) in a related subject; and
  • A high standard of written and spoken English (IELTS Band 6.5 for those whose first language is not English)

Subject Areas for Research

We offer research opportunities in all areas of contextual theology and ministry, including, but not limited to:

  • worship
  • ministry and church leadership
  • congregational studies
  • mission and multi-faith engagement
  • urban, political and social theologies, including liberation theologies and postmodern theologies
  • biblical studies and biblical languages
  • pastoral theology and pastoral ministry
  • local and global church history, theology and governance

Supervision and Academic Support

All our research students are allocated a supervisory team comprised of a main supervisor with significant previous supervisory experience, plus one or more co-supervisors with specialist subject knowledge in the student’s field of interest. If you are on our research programmes, you can expect regular on-going individual supervision support, and you will be expected to attend our research training days three times a year. York St John University also offers its own programme of research training events which are available to our postgraduate research students.

Our Virtual Learning Site, Moodle, provides you with key information, documents and resources related to your research programmes. As well as having access to our own library and learning resources, students enrolled on our postgraduate research programme also have full access to library resources (including electronically) of York St John University.

Study Options

Our current research programme can be studied part-time or full-time. PhD students have 3 years to complete their studies on a full-time basis, or 6 years on a part-time basis. In certain circumstances, with the agreement of their supervisors, students may submit their thesis early or may apply for an additional year in which to write up their research.



Fran, Current PhD student

"Studying for a PhD at LKC is great! I have been supported to become a researcher and challenged to think more deeply about my own ideas and assumptions. I am loving the journey."