Research-Only Doctorate in Theology by Distance

Discussion in 'General Distance Learning Discussions' started by Grant Hawley, Jul 9, 2018.

  1. Grant Hawley

    Grant Hawley New Member

    I am interested in seeking a research-only doctorate in theology that I can do from a distance. I have a conservative view of the inspiration of Scripture, but have some minority theological views, so a lot of the major seminaries in the US are not options. What schools should I consider?

    I have looked into Greenwich School of Theology, UK. Information about their school would also be appreciated.

    I would like to research the soteriological contribution of dispensational theology. Depending on the emphasis, it could work as a topic in Systematic Theology or in Historical Theology.

    I have access to a great theological library locally.
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  2. Phdtobe

    Phdtobe Well-Known Member

    Well, not original, but check out the University of the Freestate.
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  3. farmboy

    farmboy Member


    Just curious what you have decided?
  4. Stewart81

    Stewart81 New Member

    A colleague of mine, Dr. Michael Walsh received his first doctorate from Greenwich. He also holds a DMus from elsewhere. He was quite fulsome in his praise although is a few years ago. From memory he was quite impressed with the faculty but beyond that I can't recall much more.

    In non-Anglican UK circles it has long had a reputation as an alternative to mainstream theology degrees, especially after changing its affiliations.
  5. Rich Douglas

    Rich Douglas Well-Known Member

    "Research-only" is the "big book" approach to the doctorate. This can be found in the UK, South Africa, and Australia, among others.

    Please note that "research-only" does not mean "distance only." Even if the university does not stipulate any particular form
  6. farmboy

    farmboy Member


    What does that mean exactly? Do you mean to say that some schools will require some on-site research or perhaps another form of on-site connection to the Faculty?

  7. Rich Douglas

    Rich Douglas Well-Known Member

    Yes. Unless the school explicitly states that no time on campus is required, it's a really good idea to discuss it with them. It could vary from program to program or even advisor to advisor.
  8. farmboy

    farmboy Member

    Thank you, Rich. That's good information.
  9. Russell Veldman

    Russell Veldman New Member

    Consider the South African Theological Seminary. This school is fully accredited and has some good scholars. If you do not see a potential supervisor with expertise in your topic, you can recruit someone and, if approved, SATS will take them on as temporary faculty.
  10. Kizmet

    Kizmet Moderator

    We have had at least one member complete the doctoral program. It has received consistently positive reviews. Our search widget will bring up multiple threads related to this school.

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