Doctor of Philosophy in Theology

A Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) is an earned research degree that involves an extended period of intensive, independent research, resulting in a significant contribution of original knowledge in the form of a dissertation, and defense of the work before a panel of experts in the field. The Ph.D. programme prepares graduates in theology to develop servant leadership by imparting advanced knowledge and values for global Christian service to God and humanity.

Aim of the Programme

The aim of the Ph.D. programme is to provide qualified applicants with an opportunity to engage with cutting-edge research in the context of the diverse and wider learning and living community of the university and for active involvement in the Christian ministry of education. The programme is devised with the philosophy ‘To equip for every good work( 2 Timothy 3:7) with proficiency in a specific area of research contributing reminiscently to global Christianity.

Objectives of the Programme

Students who successfully complete Doctor of Philosophy in Theology programme will be able to:

  • To offer the scholar an opportunity to engage in research in areas of Biblical Studies (Old Testament/New Testament), African-Christian Theology, Missiology, Christian Ministry, and Counselling
  • To design an original research project that adds to the knowledge base of the discipline.
  • To focus on the African context to contribute reminiscently to global Christianity.

Admission Requirement

  • A Master’s degree in Theology/Religions/related fields with a grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.00 scale or equivalent.
  • A registered Ph.D. Candidate of another University may be allowed to transfer credits earned and may get a waiver of the course work, if the content of the coursework component of a doctoral degree is comparable with the approval of the Graduate Studies Committee.
  • Admission shall be subject to the selection procedures of the university including an interview.
  • Ph. D registered candidates, may apply to undertake M.Phil. thesis research, if not able to progress subject to the satisfactory completion of course work and with the approval of the Graduate Studies Committee of the University.

Graduation Requirement

An applicant must have the ability to pursue independent research with regular 1:1 supervision and the possibility of a co-supervisor, if need be, with the option of choosing an area of research in any one of the following: Biblical Studies (Old Testament/New Testament)/African- Christian Theology/ Missiology/ Christian Ministry/ Counselling.

The coursework shall consist of four core courses including one on Research Methodology, two electives from the area of specialization, three seminars, and a dissertation. A Ph.D. candidate must obtain a total of 78 credits as described below:

Core course work Area of specialization Three seminars Thesis
16 Credits 8 Credits 9 Credits 45 Credits Total 78 Credits


Mode of Study:

Courses Taught in Modular form

Duration of the Programme:

Full-Time: Three year

Part-Time: Six years

Mode of Study

Graduates of this programme are well-prepared for the following roles:

Full time



Career Prospects:

Graduates of this programme are well-prepared for the following roles:

Lecturers/Research Fellows

Heads of Christian Institutions

Pastors/Ministers of the Gospel

Parachurch workers


The following documents are to be enclosed along with the completed application form;
  • Two passport Size Photographs
  • Copy of Identity Card
  • Evidence of Source of Funding
  • Secondary/High School Certificate
  • Degree Certificate(s)
  • Transcript(s)
  • Proof of National Service
  • Proof of Work Experience
  • Resume/CV
  • Two Letters of Recommendation (One (1) must be Academic)
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Research Proposal (for MPhil Applicants only)