Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Full-time: 3 years Part-time: 4-6 years Assessment: Thesis of up to 100,000 words (80,000 words for students starting after January 2014) and oral examination (viva)

Why embark on a PhD?

Undertaking doctoral research at London School of Theology provides you with the opportunity to be involved in research at the cutting edge of the theological disciplines. You will have the opportunity to furnish both the worldwide church and the academic community with expertise that will carry the best traditions of evangelical Christian scholarship into the next generation and enable you to teach at tertiary level.


LST offers research supervision for the PhD degree in collaboration with Middlesex University, which awards the degree. A PhD thesis must show the ability to test ideas and critically investigate your chosen area. You need to offer a substantial fresh discovery or analysis, to argue some new critical hypothesis, or to provide substantial new arguments for an older one. Ultimately your research must result in an independent and original contribution to knowledge, which, in principle, is worthy of publication. By the time your thesis is submitted, you should be able to show that your competence in your chosen area is comparable with that of the experts. PhD candidates are expected to have the ability to interact with their primary sources in the original languages (e.g. Hebrew or Greek) as well as with secondary material in the main research languages (English, French and German). Languages required will vary considerably according to the area of study and some may require no foreign languages.

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Recent published PhD theses

Michael C. Voigts, Letters of Ascent: Spiritual Direction in the Letters of Bernard of Clairvaux (Wipf and Stock, 2013)

Daniel Lé, The Naked Christ (Wipf and Stock, 2012)

Philip D. King, Surrounded by Bitterness: Image Schemas and Metaphors for Conceptualizing Distress in Classical Hebrew (Pickwick, 2012)

Volker Rabens, The Holy Spirit and Ethics in Paul (Mohr Siebeck, 2010)

Matthew Knell, The Immanent Person of the Holy Spirit from Anselm to Lombard (Paternoster, 2009)

Rainer Schacke, Learning from Willow Creek? Church Services for Seekers in German Milieu Contexts (Göttingen, Cuvillier Verlag, 2009)

André Munzinger, Discerning the Spirits: Theological and Ethical Hermeneutics in Paul (SNTS monograph series; Cambridge University Press, 2007)

Hyung Dae Park, Finding Herem? A Study of Luke-Acts in the Light of Herem (Library of NT Studies; T&T Clark, 2007)

Andy Partington, Church and State: the Contribution of the Church of England Bishops to the House of Lords during the Thatcher Years (Paternoster 2006)

Nicholas P. Lunn, Word Order Variation in Biblical Hebrew Poetry (Paternoster, 2006)

Martin Parsons, Unveiling God: Contextualizing Christology for Islamic Culture (William Carey Library, 2005)

Kiwoong Son, Zion Symbolism in Hebrews. Hebrews 12:18-24 as a Hermeneutical Key to the Epistle (Paternoster, 2005)

Sorin Sabou, Between Horror and Hope. Paul's Metaphorical Language of ‘Death’ in Romans 6:1-11 (Paternoster, 2005)

Patrick Mitchel, Evangelicalism and National Identity in Ulster, 1921-1998 (Oxford University Press, 2003)