Entrance requirements

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To 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 Theology Faculty 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 the Theology Faculty and Graduate School web pages at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (click on ‘Academic staff’ for an alphabetical list of staff) in order to establish that we have the requisite supervisory expertise to supervise your project.