A PhD or MTh by research in Divinity at Aberdeen gives you all the benefits of quality, reputation and 500 years of tradition from the founding of the UK’s fifth-oldest University. Today we are a dynamic research centre, highly-ranked in the UK and with a strong international profile.
We attract students of all ages, backgrounds, interests and aspirations from around the world to join our friendly and supportive international community, working closely with world-leading academics.
Research opportunities encompass all the major sub-disciplines of theology, including Systematic Theology, Theological Ethics, Church History, Practical Theology, and Old and New Testament. There are also exciting opportunities to work with leading experts in other world religions.
There are 36 and 48 month full-time options for the PhD programme: the 48 month option allows you to take 12 months of classes before commencing on the 36 months of research that will lead to the production of your dissertation (“thesis”). If you are unable to commit to full-time study on campus there are also part-time and distance-learning opportunities.
Research is supported by regular seminars in each discipline and by a vibrant programme of interdisciplinary seminars. There are frequent opportunities to hear prominent visiting speakers, including the annual Gifford Lectures.
Supervision and support are directly provided by faculty, who will work with you to develop your emergent research interests into a critical academic thesis. Applicants are strongly advised to correspond with potential supervisors about their interests and ideas prior to starting an application. For details of the specific research interests of faculty members please see below.