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Studying a PhD at Belfast Bible College is the start of a journey to become a biblical scholar; one who is at the cutting edge of research and an expert in their particular field of study. Completion of a PhD would be a firm foundation to pursue work in research or teaching at university level in the UK and across the world.

Belfast Bible College offers skilled, knowledgeable and enthusiastic supervisors in a range of areas. These include; Old Testament, New Testament, Systematic Theology, Practical Theology and Missiology.

If you would like to begin a conversation about an area of study then please contact us in the enquiries office and we can begin a conversation about a suitable course of study.

The PhD is a highly regarded research degree awarded by Queen’s University Belfast, a Russell Group institution. Students get the benefit of world-class university facilities at Queen’s while studying within the passionate Bible College community.

Application Process

Before applying for this programme through QUB, interested individuals should contact BBC directly to discuss their research interests and suitability for the programme. All applicants must have an agreed supervisor and area of study before applying.

As a doctoral student of QUB, second supervision can be provided from other faculties within the University if a student wishes to do cross–disciplinary research.

Career Options

A PhD opens the door to many career opportunities including university teaching, research and writing, as well as many senior leadership opportunities within churches and organisations.

Previous PhD students from Belfast Bible College are now leaders in Churches, engaging in teaching posts worldwide and leaders in their fields.

Recently Completed PhD

The follow PhD Thesis have been recently published by students of the college:


A Queen's University Belfast Degree

Belfast Bible College is a constituent college of Queen’s University, Belfast (QUB) which is a Russell Group university and recognised centre for the study of Theology in the UK. Theology at Queen’s offers students the opportunity to engage with a wide range of theological disciplines, exploring religious belief, the history of the Christian church, pastoral studies and key issues in theological thought.

By undertaking your QUB postgraduate study at BBC, you will not only be studying in a College that values academic excellence but will also be engaging with a faith community of staff and students drawn from thirty different countries and a range of Christian denominations. This diversity offers QUB students a distinctive study experience that places academic learning alongside excellent opportunities for spiritual ministry formation and preparation.

Students undertaking any of the Queen’s University Belfast degrees through BBC are full students of the University and thus all University facilities are available to them.

Additional information about Queen’s University Belfast can be found at www.qub.ac.uk

Queen's University Belfast

Learning & Teaching

The PhD is a research degree, which means there are not modules to complete. Work is pursued through independent research that is guided and supported by one-to-one meetings with your supervisor.

The course is designed to allow students to shape their degree around their particular interests within a range of theological disciplines. There is no set syllabus, allowing students a high degree of flexibility to put together their own pathway of study in consultation with their supervisor.

The end goal is an 80,000-word dissertation on the student’s approved area of study that is examined by a viva voce interview. Leading up to the viva, however, there are several check-points during which students are given the opportunity to present and discussion their research with a panel of experts. The first of these is the differentiation, which takes place during the first year.

Alongside the specific are of study, the PhD programme is designed to give students a thorough grasp of presentational, bibliographical, technological, literary and linguistic skills. These are nurtured through study skills courses which lead onto a more personalised curriculum designed to reflect the student's particular interests and capabilities.

2017 For 2017 we are able to offer supervision in the following areas.
Dr Ian Dickson
Ian is passionate about exploring the subject area of intellectual disability, theology and the church.
Dr Charlie Hadjiev
Charlie is currently interested in taking on research students, his speciality is old testament study.
Dr Cynthia Bennett Brown
Cindy is interested in taking on research students in the area of systematic theology and modern theology.
Dr Karen Fulton
Karen's main research interest lies in situating the New Testament texts in their historical context and exploring how an understanding of that context.
Dr William Ford
William's main research interests lie in the area of interpreting theologically difficult Old Testament texts, particularly those relating to the character of God, and understanding how we read these texts as part of scripture..