Assessment: Thesis of up to 65,000 words (40,000 words for students starting after January 2014) and oral examination (viva)
Who is it for?
Like the MTh, the degree is aimed at those who have already completed formal theological training - they might be theology graduates, ministers, missionaries, Religious Education teachers, or business people as well as potential PhD students.
LST offers research supervision for the MPhil degree in collaboration with Middlesex University, which awards the degree. For an MPhil you need to offer a careful and critical investigation and evaluation of an approved topic, and demonstrate an understanding of the research methods appropriate to your chosen field. Your thesis does not need not to be ‘original’; however, it must offer a distinctive independent contribution to knowledge, including the ability to critique new ideas and a sense of proportion in evaluating evidence and scholarly interpretations which is ultimately worthy of publication. While you would normally be expected to read the language of your primary sources for an MPhil, you would not be expected to engage with untranslated secondary literature. It is possible to transfer to PhD registration with the agreement of the supervisor(s) and the Director of Research
Recent MPhil theses
Rosemary Ashley, An Investigation into Authority in the Church from a Biblical Perspective
Katarina Almonte, The link between Charismatic Experiences and Revelation in John’s Gospel
- Berhane Asmelash, The History of the Khatmiyyah Tariqah of Eritrea and the Impact of its Rituals and Ceremonials on Pre-existing Beliefs and Practices of the People of Eritrea
RESEARCH ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
Normally you should have a good Honours degree (2:1 or above for the MTh, MPhil and PhD) in a theological, biblical or related subject. If you have taken a second theological degree (e.g. a British MA in Biblical or Theological Studies) you will find yourself much better equipped for a research degree.
If your degree is in some other discipline, you may be considered if you can show evidence of suitable formal theological education, such as a British DipHE. Work experience can be considered in place of qualifications in some circumstances.
For a North American Master’s degree, you should have a GPA of at least 3.6 for the MTh and at least 3.8 for the MPhil.
Candidates registered for the MTh or the MPhil whose work proves to be of the appropriate standard may (with the agreement of their supervisor(s) and the Director of Research) transfer of registration, to MPhil or to PhD respectively.
Registration for a PhD programme: as is normal in UK universities, you will initially be registered for ‘MPhil with a view to PhD’. Formal transfer to PhD registration normally takes place when you are about a year (of full-time study) away from its completion.
Those seeking registration with qualifications other than those indicated above should write to the Research Programmes Administrator (firstname.lastname@example.org) at London School of Theology, giving full details of their qualifications and (where appropriate) providing photocopies of relevant transcripts.
If English is not your first language you will need to arrange to take the British Council’s English test. We cannot confirm your place until you have produced an IELTS test report and reached a score of 7.0 (all individual elements should be 6.5 or higher) or an equivalent English language proficiency report. There are many test centres, easily sourced on the internet. Your proficiency in English will also be considered at interview.
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