• Caleb Kaltenbach

Obtaining an Overseas PhD Without Moving Overseas

Updated: 4 days ago


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I love education... I may have missed "my calling" to be an academic dean or professor. Anyway, one of the fascinating developments to watch has been the increased ways to study for a PhD. In the past, PhD students would move nearby or live on the campus to undertake their study. Over the last 10 years, many North American and overseas learning institutions have developed more user-friendly study methods. Modular programs, online classes, cohorts, intensive weeks, independent study classes, partnerships with conferences, and more are just a few of the various study methods.


Whereas a majority of North American PhD programs involve doctoral seminars before writing the dissertation, many overseas PhD programs focus solely on writing the dissertation (commonly referred to as "dissertation only"). Given that students have access to a major university library and can Zoom/FaceTime with their mentor professors once or twice a month, a growing number of overseas schools allow PhD students to study in their home country. Such programs require either minimal or no travel before graduation.


Below are some overseas schools offering PhD's (in areas like biblical studies, theological studies, religion, ministry/practical theology, philosophy of religion, missions/intercultural studies, and so on) that don't require relocation.



AUSTRALIA

Australian School of Theology

**You choose one of their schools to study for a PhD or a ThD (click on either link and scroll down to see the schools offering the degree).


Charles Sturt University


University of Divinity

**You choose one of their schools to study for a PhD or a ThD.


University of Notre Dame Australia


University of Western Australia

BELGIUM

Evangelische Theologische Faculteit

NETHERLANDS

Free University of Amsterdam

**You can earn a PhD from the Free University of Amsterdam through:

NEW ZEALAND

University of Auckland


University of Otago


NORWAY

University of Olso

SOUTH AFRICA

South African Theological Seminary


Stellenbosch Univeristy


University of the Free State


University of Pretoria


University of South Africa

**PhD areas have different departmental websites with information

UNITED KINGDOM

Anglia Ruskin University


Canterbury Christ Church University


Durham University


London Metropolitan University


Manchester Metropolitan University


Middlesex University

**You can earn a PhD from Middlesex University through:

Nottingham Trent University


Oxford Brookes University


Oxford University

*Studying through the Department of Continuing Education


Union Theological College


University of Aberdeen

**You can also earn a PhD from the University of Aberdeen through:

University of Birmingham


University of Bristol


University of Dublin (Trinity College)


University of Edinburgh


University of Exeter


University of Glasgow


University of Gloucestershire


University of the Highlands & Islands


University of Kent


University of Leeds


University of Leicester


University of London (King's College London)


University of Manchester

**You can earn a PhD from the University of Manchester through:

University of Reading


University of Roehampton

**You can earn a ThD in Practical Theology


University of Sheffield


University of Sunderland


University of Wales Trinity Saint David


University of Westminster

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