Queen’s has a Partnership Agreement with Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam for the admission of students onto their PhD programme following completion of a successful stage as a post graduate researcher at Queen’s. Supervision of PhDs is conducted jointly by VU and Queen’s with the majority of research seminars and supervisions taking place at the Queen’s campus:


NameDoctor of Philosophy
SummaryA unique opportunity for serious independent study and original research at an advanced level; full time, part time and split location options available.
FHEQ level8
Duration (years)3-4 (full-time) or 6-8 (part-time)
AssessmentDissertation (including oral defense)
FeesFor fees for this programme, click here.
Entrance requirementsTo be eligible for consideration for the PhD degree at Queen’s, and with our partner university, the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU Amsterdam), you must have

  • An awarded Master’s Degree.
  • Sufficient command of the English Language to complete the programme of work satisfactorily and to prepare and defend a thesis in English. Where a candidate has not completed prior degrees in English medium the candidate should have achieved: British Council /UCLES IELTS 7 (6 in writing) or TOEFL (paper based test 600, computer based test 250, internet test 100).
  • Appropriate theological educational background. We would normally expect applicants to have a Master’s degree in theology or a related discipline. Alternatively there must be evidence of sufficient theological competence to pursue doctoral theological research. If intending to pursue biblical research, we would normally expect you to have competency in biblical languages or be willing to acquire this.
  • A realistic and convincing research proposal that fits with the interests and expertise of staff at Queen’s and the Faculty of Religion and Theology at VU Amsterdam.

Before submitting your proposal, we recommend that you take time to look at the Queen’s website and the research interests of our staff and honorary research fellows as well as the Faculty of Religion and Theology Graduate School web pages in order to establish that we have the requisite supervisory expertise to supervise your project.

Further informationPlease click here for further information about our Centre for Research

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