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
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.
MPhil: minimum 1 year, maximum 3 years
PhD: minimum 3 years, maximum 5 years
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.
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
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
Course contact details
- Rosie Holley
- 020 8683 8462