New! Theology and Religious Studies PhD by Distance

Our Distance option allows international students to study part-time for a PhD from their home country, as long as they visit Edinburgh at key stages.

This part-time, 72-month, research programme has been designed especially for suitably qualified applicants from overseas and the UK whose circumstances make regular attendance in Edinburgh impossible.

Subjects available

  • Ethics and Practical Theology
  • Hebrew Bible and Old Testament Studies
  • History of Christianity
  • Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations
  • New Testament and Christian Origins
  • Religious Studies
  • Science and Religion
  • Systematic Theology
  • World Christianity

Key stages

Over the course of the six-year programme, students enrolled on our distance PhD will be required to come to Edinburgh:

  • twice in their first year, for research training and a summer review
  • once per year of study after that
  • once for their final oral examination.


The tuition fee charged will be 50% of the fee for full-time students for each of the six years of the programme.

Entry requirements

Academic and English Language entry requirements are the same as for our on-campus PhD programmes.

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