Doctoral degree in Theology

Doctoral degree in Theology (360 credits)

 

The Doctoral degree in Theology is achieved through the successful completion of a thesis of 65,000 to 80,000 words and is open to those graduates who have gained a research Master’s degree in Theology (or related subject) that is accredited in the internationally acknowledged sense of the word.

 

The thesis for the Doctoral degree in Theology will embody independent research work of distinction, and successful graduates will be expected to publish at least one article derived from the thesis. A Research Proposal should first be submitted to the promoters prepared in accordance with NWU guidelines provided specifically for this purpose.

 

Publication of the complete thesis may proceed with permission from the Director of Research at the University.

 

 

Curriculum Codes and Modules

Programme Name

Thesis

(360 credits)

Curriculum

Code

Qualification

Code

Dogmatics (Module Outcome) DOGM971

T901P

3CA R01

Ethics ETIE971

T901P

3CA R02

Greek GRKS971

T901P

3CA R03

Homiletics HOML971

T901P

3CA R04

Catechetics KATE971

T901P

3CA R05

Church and Dogma History KDGE971

T901P

3CA R06

Church Polity KERG971

T901P

3CA R07

Liturgics LITK971

T901P

3CA R08

Missiology MISS971

T901P

3CA R09

New Testament NTES971

T901P

3CA R10

Old Testament OTES971

T901P

3CA R11

Pastoral Studies PAST971

T901P

3CA R12

Semitic Languages SEMT971

T901P

3CA R13

Latin LATT971

T901P

3CA R14

Doctoral degree Modules

Doctoral degree in Theology: Dogmatics (DOGM971)

On completion of Doctoral degree qualification, the student should be able to demonstrate expertise and critical knowledge in an area of Dogmatics as well as the ability to conceptualize research initiatives in the field of Dogmatics.

In addition, the student should demonstrate the ability

  • to contribute to scholarly debates around theories of knowledge and processes of knowledge production in the field of Dogmatics;
  • to apply specialist knowledge and theory in critically reflexive, creative and novel ways;
  • to address complex practical and theoretical problems in the field of Dogmatics;
  • to identify, treat and manage emerging ethical issues in the field of Dogmatics, and to  advance processes of ethical decision-making, including monitoring and evaluation of the consequences of these decisions where appropriate;
  • to make independent judgments about managing incomplete or inconsistent information or data in an iterative process of analysis and synthesis, for the development of significant original insights into new complex and abstract ideas, information or issues;
  • to produce substantial, independent, in-depth and publishable work which meets international standards, is considered to be new or innovative by peers, and makes a significant contribution in the field of Dogmatics;
  • to develop a communication strategy to disseminate research to specialist and non-specialist audiences using the full resources of an academic and professional or occupational discourse; and
  • to demonstrate intellectual independence, take full responsibility for his or her work, and where appropriate lead and manage research and research development in a discipline, field or practice.

Doctoral degree inTheology: Ethics (ETIE971)  

On completion of Doctoral degree qualification, the student should be able to demonstrate expertise and critical knowledge in an area of Ethics as well as the ability to conceptualize research initiatives in the field of Ethics.

In addition, the student should demonstrate the ability

  • to contribute to scholarly debates around theories of knowledge and processes of knowledge production in the field of Ethics;
  • to apply specialist knowledge and theory in critically reflexive, creative and novel ways;
  • to address complex practical and theoretical problems in the field of Ethics;
  • to identify, address and manage emerging ethical issues in the field of Ethics, and to advance processes of ethical decision-making, including monitoring and evaluation of the consequences of these decisions where appropriate;
  • to make independent judgments about managing incomplete or inconsistent information or data in an iterative process of analysis and synthesis, for the development of significant original insights into new, complex and abstract ideas, information or issues;
  • to produce substantial, independent, in-depth and publishable work which meets international standards, is considered to be new or innovative by peers, and makes a significant contribution in the field of Ethics;
  • to develop a communication strategy to disseminate research to specialist and non-specialist audiences using the full resources of an academic and professional or occupational discourse; and
  • to demonstrate intellectual independence, take full responsibility for his or her work, and where appropriate lead and manage research and research development in a discipline, field or practice.

Doctoral degree inTheology: Greek (GRKS971)

On completion of Doctoral degree qualification, the student should be able to demonstrate expertise and critical knowledge in an area of Greek as well as the ability to conceptualize research initiatives in the field of Greek.

In addition, the student should demonstrate the ability

  • to contribute to scholarly debates around theories of knowledge and processes of knowledge production in the field of Greek;
  • to apply specialist knowledge and theory in critically reflexive, creative and novel ways;
  • to address complex practical and theoretical problems in the field of Greek;
  • to identify, address and manage emerging ethical issues in the field of Greek and to advance processes of ethical decision-making, including monitoring and evaluation of the consequences of these decisions where appropriate.
  • to make independent judgments about managing incomplete or inconsistent information or data in an iterative process of analysis and synthesis, for the development of significant original insights into new, complex and abstract ideas, information or issues;
  • to produce substantial, independent, in-depth and publishable work which meets international standards, is considered to be new or innovative by peers, and makes a significant contribution in the field of Greek;
  • to develop a communication strategy to disseminate research to specialist and non -specialist audiences using the full resources of an academic and professional or occupational discourse in respect of which a learner is able to demonstrate; and
  • to demonstrate intellectual independence, take full responsibility for his or her work, and where appropriate lead and manage research and research development in a discipline, field or practice.

Doctoral degree in Theology: Homiletics (HOLM971)

On completion of Doctoral degree qualification, the student should be able to demonstrate expertise and critical knowledge in an area of Homiletics as well as the ability to conceptualise research initiatives in the field of Homiletics.

In addition, the student should demonstrate the ability

  • to contribute to scholarly debates around theories of knowledge and processes of knowledge production in the field of Homiletics;
  • to apply specialist knowledge and theory in critically reflexive, creative and novel ways;
  • to address complex practical and theoretical problems in the field of Homiletics;
  • to identify, address and manage emerging ethical issues in the field of Homiletics, and to advance processes of ethical decision-making, including monitoring and evaluation of the consequences of these decisions where appropriate;
  • to make independent judgements about managing incomplete or inconsistent information or data in an iterative process of analysis and synthesis, for the development of significant original insights into new, complex and abstract ideas, information or issues;
  • to produce substantial, independent, in-depth and publishable work which meets international standards, is considered to be new or innovative by peers, and makes a significant contribution in the field of Homiletics;
  • to develop a communication strategy to disseminate research to specialist and non -specialist audiences using the full resources of an academic and professional or occupational discourse; and
  • to demonstrate intellectual independence, take full responsibility for his or her work, and where appropriate lead and manage research and research development in a discipline, field or practice.

Doctoral degree in Theology: Catechetics (KATE971)

On completion of Doctoral degree qualification, the student should be able to demonstrate expertise and critical knowledge in an area of Catechetics as well as the ability to conceptualise research initiatives in the field of Catechetics.

In addition, the student should demonstrate the ability

  • to contribute to scholarly debates around theories of knowledge and processes of knowledge production in the field of Catechetics;
  • to apply specialist knowledge and theory in critically reflexive, creative and novel ways;
  • to address complex practical and theoretical problems in the field of Catechetics;
  • to identify, address and manage emerging ethical issues in the field of Catechetics, and to advance processes of ethical decision-making, including monitoring and evaluation of the consequences of these decisions where appropriate;
  • to make independent judgments about managing incomplete or inconsistent information or data in an iterative process of analysis and synthesis, for the development of significant original insights into new, complex and abstract ideas, information or issues;
  • to produce substantial, independent, in-depth and publishable work which meets international standards, is considered to be new or innovative by peers, and makes a significant contribution in the field of Catechetics;
  • to develop a communication strategy to disseminate research to specialist and non -specialist audiences using the full resources of an academic and professional or occupational discourse; and
  • to demonstrate intellectual independence, take full responsibility for his or her work, and where appropriate lead and manage research and research development in a discipline, field or practice.

Doctoral degree in Theology: Church and Dogma History (KDGE971)

On completion of Doctoral degree qualification, the student should be able to demonstrate expertise and critical knowledge in an area of Church and Dogma History as well as the ability to conceptualise research initiatives in the field of Church and Dogma History.

In addition, the student should demonstrate the ability

  • to contribute to scholarly debates around theories of knowledge and processes of knowledge production in the field of Church and Dogma History;
  • to apply specialist knowledge and theory in critically reflexive, creative and novel ways
  • to address complex practical and theoretical problems in the field of Church and Dogma History;
  • to identify, address and manage emerging ethical issues in the field of Church and Dogma History;
  • to advance processes of ethical decision-making, including monitoring and evaluation of the consequences of these decisions where appropriate;
  • to make independent judgements about managing incomplete or inconsistent information or data in an iterative process of analysis and synthesis, for the development of significant original insights into new, complex and abstract ideas, information or issues;
  • to produce substantial, independent, in-depth and publishable work which meets international standards, is considered to be new or innovative by peers, and makes a significant contribution in the field of Church and Dogma History;
  • to develop a communication strategy to disseminate research to specialist and non -specialist audiences using the full resources of an academic and professional or occupational discourse; and
  • in respect of which a learner is able to demonstrate an ability to demonstrate intellectual independence, take full responsibility for his or her work, and where appropriate lead and manage research and research development in a discipline, field or practice.

Doctoral degree in Theology: Church Polity (KERG971)

On completion of Doctoral degree qualification, the student should be able to demonstrate expertise and critical knowledge in an area of Church and Dogma History as well as the ability to conceptualise research initiatives in the field of Church and Dogma History.

In addition, the student should demonstrate the ability

  • to contribute to scholarly debates around theories of knowledge and processes of knowledge production in the field of Church and Dogma History;
  • to apply specialist knowledge and theory in critically reflexive, creative and novel ways;
  • to address complex practical and theoretical problems in the field of Church and Dogma History;
  • to identify, address and manage emerging ethical issues in the field of Church and Dogma History;
  • to advance processes of ethical decision-making, including monitoring and evaluation of the consequences of these decisions where appropriate;
  • to make independent judgements about managing incomplete or inconsistent information or data in an iterative process of analysis and synthesis, for the development of significant original insights into new, complex and abstract ideas, information or issues;
  • to produce substantial, independent, in-depth and publishable work which meets international standards, is considered to be new or innovative by peers, and makes a significant contribution in the field of Church and Dogma History;
  • to develop a communication strategy to disseminate research to specialist and non -specialist audiences using the full resources of an academic and professional or occupational discourse; and
  • in respect of which a learner is able to demonstrate an ability to demonstrate intellectual independence, take full responsibility for his or her work, and where appropriate lead and manage research and research development in a discipline, field or practice.

Doctoral degree in Theology: Latin (LATT971)

On completion of Doctoral degree qualification, the student should be able to demonstrate expertise and critical knowledge in an area of Latin as well as the ability to conceptualise research initiatives in the field of Latin.

In addition, the student should demonstrate the ability

  • to contribute to scholarly debates around theories of knowledge and processes of knowledge production in the field of Latin;
  • to apply specialist knowledge and theory in critically reflexive, creative and novel ways;
  • to address complex practical and theoretical problems in the field of Latin;
  • to identify, address and manage emerging ethical issues in the field of Latin, and to advance processes of ethical decision-making, including monitoring and evaluation of the consequences of these decisions where appropriate;
  • to make independent judgements about managing incomplete or inconsistent information or data in an iterative process of analysis and synthesis, for the development of significant original insights into new, complex and abstract ideas, information or issues;
  • to produce substantial, independent, in-depth and publishable work which meets international standards, is considered to be new or innovative by peers, and makes a significant contribution in the field of Latin;
  • to develop a communication strategy to disseminate research to specialist and non -specialist audiences using the full resources of an academic and professional or occupational discourse; and
  • to demonstrate intellectual independence, take full responsibility for his or her work, and where appropriate lead and manage research and research development in a discipline, field or practice.

Doctoral degree in Theology: Liturgics (LITK971)

On completion of Doctoral degree qualification, the student should be able to demonstrate expertise and critical knowledge in an area of Liturgics as well as the ability to conceptualise research initiatives in the field of Liturgics.

In addition, the student should demonstrate the ability

  • to contribute to scholarly debates around theories of knowledge and processes of knowledge production in the field of Liturgics;
  • to apply specialist knowledge and theory in critically reflexive, creative and novel ways;
  • to address complex practical and theoretical problems in the field of Liturgics;
  • to identify, address and manage emerging ethical issues in the field of Liturgics, and to advance processes of ethical decision-making, including monitoring and evaluation of the consequences of these decisions where appropriate;
  • to make independent judgements about managing incomplete or inconsistent information or data in an iterative process of analysis and synthesis, for the development of significant original insights into new, complex and abstract ideas, information or issues;
  • to produce substantial, independent, in-depth and publishable work which meets international standards, is considered to be new or innovative by peers, and makes a significant contribution in the field of Liturgics;
  • to develop a communication strategy to disseminate research to specialist and non -specialist audiences using the full resources of an academic and professional or occupational discourse; and
  • to demonstrate intellectual independence, take full responsibility for his or her work, and where appropriate lead and manage research and research development in a discipline, field or practice.

Doctoral degree in Theology: Missiology (MISS971)

On completion of Doctoral degree qualification, the student should be able to demonstrate expertise and critical knowledge in an area of Missiology as well as the ability to conceptualise research initiatives in the field of Missiology.

In addition, the student should demonstrate the ability

  • to contribute to scholarly debates around theories of knowledge and processes of knowledge production in the field of Missiology;
  • to apply specialist knowledge and theory in critically reflexive, creative and novel ways
  • to address complex practical and theoretical problems in the field of Missiology;
  • to identify, address and manage emerging ethical issues in the field of Missiology;
  • to advance processes of ethical decision-making, including monitoring and evaluation of the consequences of these decisions where appropriate
  • to make independent judgements about managing incomplete or inconsistent information or data in an iterative process of analysis and synthesis, for the development of significant original insights into new, complex and abstract ideas, information or issues
  • to produce substantial, independent, in-depth and publishable work which meets international standards, is considered to be new or innovative by peers, and makes a significant contribution in the field of Missiology;
  • to develop a communication strategy to disseminate research to specialist and non -specialist audiences using the full resources of an academic and professional or occupational discourse; and
  • in respect of which a learner is able to demonstrate an ability to demonstrate intellectual independence, take full responsibility for his or her work, and where appropriate lead and manage research and research development in a discipline, field or practice.

Doctoral degree in Theology: New Testament (NTES971)

On completion of Doctoral degree qualification, the student should be able to demonstrate expertise and critical knowledge in an area of New Testament as well as the ability to conceptualise research initiatives in the field of New Testament.

In addition, the student should demonstrate the ability

  • to contribute to scholarly debates around theories of knowledge and processes of knowledge production in the field of New Testament;
  • to apply specialist knowledge and theory in critically reflexive, creative and novel ways;
  • to address complex practical and theoretical problems in the field of New Testament;
  • to identify, address and manage emerging ethical issues in the field of New Testament, and to advance processes of ethical decision-making, including monitoring and evaluation of the consequences of these decisions where appropriate;
  • to make independent judgements about managing incomplete or inconsistent information or data in an iterative process of analysis and synthesis, for the development of significant original insights into new, complex and abstract ideas, information or issues;
  • to produce substantial, independent, in-depth and publishable work which meets international standards, is considered to be new or innovative by peers, and makes a significant contribution in the field of New Testament;
  • to develop a communication strategy to disseminate research to specialist and non -specialist audiences using the full resources of an academic and professional or occupational discourse; and
  • to demonstrate intellectual independence, take full responsibility for his or her work, and where appropriate lead and manage research and research development in a discipline, field or practice.

Doctoral degree in Theology: Old Testament (OTES971)

On completion of Doctoral degree qualification, the student should be able to demonstrate expertise and critical knowledge in an area of Old Testament as well as the ability to conceptualise research initiatives in the field of Old Testament.

In addition, the student should demonstrate the ability

  • to contribute to scholarly debates around theories of knowledge and processes of knowledge production in the field of Old Testament;
  • to apply specialist knowledge and theory in critically reflexive, creative and novel ways;
  • to address complex practical and theoretical problems in the field of Old Testament;
  • to identify, address and manage emerging ethical issues in the field of Old Testament, and to advance processes of ethical decision-making, including monitoring and evaluation of the consequences of these decisions where appropriate;
  • to make independent judgements about managing incomplete or inconsistent information or data in an iterative process of analysis and synthesis, for the development of significant original insights into new, complex and abstract ideas, information or issues;
  • to produce substantial, independent, in-depth and publishable work which meets international standards, is considered to be new or innovative by peers, and makes a significant contribution in the field of Old Testament;
  • to develop a communication strategy to disseminate research to specialist and non -specialist audiences using the full resources of an academic and professional or occupational discourse;
  • to generate systematic and rigorous knowledge in the field of Semitic Languages;
  • to display engagement with critical knowledge and high levels of theoretical understanding within the field of Semitic Languages;
  • to deal with high level of epistemological sophistication when reflecting on knowledge within an area of research in the field of Semitic Languages;
  • to contribute at a sophisticated level by developing and articulating systematic arguments through a theoretically informed analysis in the field of Semitic Languages;
  • to analyze, synthesise, evaluate and question existing knowledge boundaries and practices in the field of Semitic Languages;
  • to deal with complexity, ambiguity, lacunae and lack of coherence in the knowledge base of Semitic Languages;
  • to create and suggest solutions to complex and unfamiliar problems;
  • to establish, investigate, evaluate and address emerging ethical issues in the field of Semitic Languages;
  • to design and conduct an independent research project using relevant and advanced research skills;
  • to collect, analyze, evaluate and interpret data and theories in the area of research;
  • to present findings in an appropriate manner relevant to the field of Semitic Languages;
  • to construct a theoretically sound sophisticated mastery of the literature in the specific area of research in the field of Semitic Languages;
  • to compose and present a central argument and its relations with current and earlier strands of thinking;
  • to justify claims and conclusions with appropriate evidence and arguments;
  • to articulate possible solutions to expand or redefine the existing body of knowledge and suitable topics for further investigation in the field of Semitic Languages;
  • to apply high levels of responsibility, self-reflexivity and adaptability in own management of learning;
  • to contribute at a sophisticated level by providing collaborative leadership in relation to the area of study and interact effectively within an academic or professional community.;
  • to demonstrate intellectual independence, take full responsibility for his or her work, and where appropriate lead and manage research and research development in a discipline, field or practice.

Doctoral degree inTheology: Pastoral Studies (PAST971)

On completion of Doctoral degree qualification, the student should be able to demonstrate expertise and critical knowledge in an area of Pastoral Studies as well as the ability to conceptualize research initiatives in the field of Pastoral Studies.

In addition, the student should demonstrate the ability

  • to contribute to scholarly debates around theories of knowledge and processes of knowledge production in the field of Pastoral Studies;
  • to apply specialist knowledge and theory in critically reflexive, creative and novel ways;
  • to address complex practical and theoretical problems in the field of Pastoral Studies;
  • to identify, address and manage emerging ethical issues in the field of Pastoral Studies; and to advance processes of ethical decision-making, including monitoring and evaluation of the consequences of these decisions where appropriate;
  • to make independent judgments about managing incomplete or inconsistent information or data in an iterative process of analysis and synthesis, for the development of significant original insights into new, complex and abstract ideas, information or issues;
  • to produce substantial, independent, in-depth and publishable work which meets international standards, is considered to be new or innovative by peers, and makes a significant contribution in the field of Pastoral Studies;
  • to develop a communication strategy to disseminate research to specialist and non -specialist audiences using the full resources of an academic and professional or occupational discourse; and
  • in respect of which a learner is able to demonstrate an ability to demonstrate intellectual independence, take full responsibility for his or her work, and where appropriate lead and manage research and research development in a discipline, field or practice.

Doctoral degree in Theology: Semitic Languages (SEMT971)

On completion of Doctoral degree qualification, the student should be able to demonstrate expertise and critical knowledge in an area of Semitic Languages as well as the ability to conceptualize research initiatives in the field of Semitic Languages.

In addition, the student should demonstrate the ability

  • to contribute to scholarly debates around theories of knowledge and processes of knowledge production in the field of Semitic Languages;
  • to apply specialist knowledge and theory in critically reflexive, creative and novel ways;
  • to address complex practical and theoretical problems in the field of Semitic Languages;
  • to identify, address and manage emerging ethical issues in the field of Semitic Languages, and to advance processes of ethical decision-making, including monitoring and evaluation of the consequences of these decisions where appropriate;
  • to make independent judgments about managing incomplete or inconsistent information or data in an iterative process of analysis and synthesis, for the development of significant original insights into new, complex and abstract ideas, information or issues;
  • to produce substantial, independent, in-depth and publishable work which meets international standards, is considered to be new or innovative by peers, and makes a significant contribution in the field of Semitic Languages;
  • to develop a communication strategy to disseminate research to specialist and non -specialist audiences using the full resources of an academic and professional or occupational discourse; and
  • to demonstrate intellectual independence, take full responsibility for his or her work, and where appropriate lead and manage research and research development in a discipline, field or practice.