Research course


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Entry requirements

Demand for research degrees at Spurgeon’s College far exceeds our supervisory capacity. Therefore the College has a selective admissions policy and only well qualified applicants are accepted. You normally need to have a good Master’s degree or equivalent qualification as well as an excellent research proposal to be admitted. The College’s research degrees are currently validated by the University of Wales.

Months of entry

January, December, November, October, September, August, July, June, May, April, March, February

Course content


We are able to offer supervision across the range of theological disciplines: the Bible, Christian Doctrine, Church History, Practical Theology and Preaching. For in-service research we offer a Doctor of Ministry programme which is described on a light blue leaflet.

The College maintains an excellent library, well-stocked in all theological subjects, and also houses a range of archive materials relating to C.H. Spurgeon.

The research environment

Spurgeon’s College has a long tradition of research and advanced scholarship, and it supports staff in their own research activities. Staff present their work at a wide range of external conferences and external organisations.

A research seminar is held every week during term time; about 2/3 of the papers are given by Spurgeon’s college staff and students, and 1/3 by outside speakers. These seminars are important to the candidates’ development as researchers because they learn from the high quality academic discussions that staff engage in. They also benefit from academic critiques of their own presentations.


Students may study either full-time or part-time. Those living abroad may be registered as external students and are required to attend College for a minimum of ten days per annum.

Full-time students

MPhil: minimum 1 year, maximum 3 years

PhD: minimum 3 years, maximum 5 years

Part-time students

MPhil: minimum 2 years, maximum 5 years

PhD: minimum 5 years, maximum 9 years

Enquiries and applications

Director of Postgraduate Research: Dr Stephen I. Wright:

Admissions Administrator: Rosie holley


Most research students at the College are part-time and meet their supervisors several times per year. In between times, email is the normal means of communication.

Candidates are registered for an MPhil degree in the first instance and can transfer to a PhD after completing an initial period of study satisfactorily and completing the transfer process. Research students have supervisory teams of two or three academics.

The College policies on research are laid down in a Research Handbook, which is available online to supervisors and students.

Department specialisms

The Bible, Christian Doctrine, Church History, Practical Theology and Preaching.

Information for international students

Spurgeon's College is a UK Border Agency Highly Trusted Sponsor of international students. We can only sponsor full-time international students.

Fees and funding

UK students
from £2050
International students
from £2050

Our fees are competitive and our courses are registered with the Student Loans company.

Visit the website for more details on funding and fees.

Qualification and course duration


distance learning
36+ months
full time
36 months
part time
108 months

Course contact details

Rosie Holley
020 8683 8462