If you’ve achieved consistently high results in your theological studies, and are now looking to contribute to the knowledge of the Christian community in some way, we would encourage you to undertake a Doctor of Philosophy.
The program allows you to specialise very closely in a particular topic or theme of Scripture, pushing you towards in-depth analysis with a fresh perspective and a clear understanding of any resulting doctrinal or practical implications. The guidance of our distinguished lecturers will ensure that you’re comprehensively exposed to the wider world of scholarship and that you are personally advised, encouraged and resourced. (In fact, feel free to look through our faculty bios to get a better idea of what their specialties are and which topics they have researched and been published in.)
The broader BST community will also provide a supportive and gospel-centred context for your research, keeping your study grounded in the authority of the Bible, the family of the church and Jesus’ call to mission.
To begin working towards the Doctor of Philosophy through BST you need to have a Master of Theology or an equivalent postgraduate theological qualification.
To gain a Doctor of Philosophy degree you will be expected to submit a substantial thesis of 80-100,000 words that makes a distinct contribution to theological scholarship. One of our lecturers will serve as your supervisor and you’ll need to work closely with them over a number of years. You must complete the qualification no more than eight years after you begin.
This is a course of the Australian College of Theology.