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Through our collaborative partnership with Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU Amsterdam), Queen’s offers an innovative and world-class doctoral programme. This programme combines the supportive environment of working with staff and students at Queen's with the scholarly expertise of the Religion and Theology Faculty at VU Amsterdam, one of the largest and most prestigious in Europe. This provides excellent opportunities for all those who wish to combine rigorous theological study with engaged and committed religious practice, as part of a key expression of the Church’s witness to the world.
Our partnership with VU Amsterdam, established in 2014, is a lively and active one. Through our liaison Professor, Dirk-Martin Grube, we have a direct link to the Religion and Theology Faculty. Professor Grube visits Queen’s on a regular basis to meet with students and supervisors, working closely with the Director of Research, Dr Nicola Slee, and our Research Fellow, Dr Fran Porter, to ensure excellent communication and a smooth delivery of the doctoral programme.
In addition to our relationship with Professor Grube, we are in frequent contact with other members of the VU Amsterdam Religion and Theology Faculty, primarily but not exclusively through the regular work of supervisory teams which form the heart of the partnership, and in which VU Amsterdam faculty and Queen’s supervisors work closely together.
The annual residential visit to the Netherlands, a core part of the doctoral programme, is a highlight of the year for research students and supervisors alike, and is the main opportunity for face to face contact between Queen’s students, supervisors and VU Amsterdam Religion and Theology Faculty. The residential includes lectures, seminars and student workshops, combined with meetings of the full supervisory teams and opportunities to enjoy Dutch hospitality and the pleasures of one of Europe’s most vibrant and cosmopolitan cities.