General Degree Regulations for Greenwich School of Theology distance learning degrees

  1. A Research Proposal (RP) completed to meet the University’s regulations must be submitted first to the tutor and then to the co-tutor. This will be examined by the appropriate department and, with approval, by the Faculty’s Committee for Advanced Degrees (CAD). After being examined by NWU, the tutor and the student will receive a written report on the feasibility of the RP. If modifications are required during the process, these must be completed promptly and the RP re-submitted for full approval.
  2. All degree submissions will be examined by one examiners appointed by GST; submissions for doctoral degrees are also examined by two external examiners appointed by NWU and by one external examiner for all Masters Degrees. The criteria for assessment are provided to students in a separate document made available to students post-registration.
  3. Students are required to use the Harvard System of Citation. A guide to the use of this is made available to students. The NWU library offers to check for correctness the first two pages of the Bibliography.
  4. A candidate may pass, fail, or be referred at the end of the degree programme. In cases of referral, the NWU Director of Research, together with the examiners, will recommend to the student, via his/her tutor, the remedial steps to be taken.
  5. All students and tutors are required to sign and agree a Student Work Schedule at the start of each year of the degree programme. No student may submit work for examination which has not been assessed and approved by the tutors.

General Regulations concerning Theses, Dissertations and Examinations for all Greenwich School of Theology degree programmes. For the purpose of these regulations:

… a thesis for a doctoral degree (in theology) is defined as a piece of written research embodying 60,000 to 80,000 words and which forms a distinct contribution to knowledge and professional skills and affords evidence of originality

… a (mini-) dissertation and a module are ordered and critical expositions of existing knowledge

A thesis or (mini-) dissertation must not have been submitted in substantially the same form for the award of a higher degree or qualification from another University or College. Before submission, each student is required to sign the ‘Solemn Declaration’ document to confirm this.

  • A dissertation for the Master’s degree in theology (MA) should not normally exceed 35,000 to 40,000 words.
  • A thesis for the PhD degree in theology should not normally exceed 80,000 words.
  • Sections of a thesis/dissertation that have been published or submitted for a higher degree or qualification elsewhere must be clearly indicated.
  • There are two submission dates for Greenwich School of Theology degree programmes in any year for Master’s and Doctoral degrees:
  • April (results due in August) and
  • November (results due in February).

However, it is vital that theses and dissertations be submitted to the GST Liaison Administrator TWO months before the dates given above so that the language editing and any required revisions can be completed in good time.

  • ONE electronic copy of the dissertation for Master’s and ONE electronic copy of the Doctoral thesis  must be submitted to the GST Liaison Administrator for language editing prior to submission for examination. GST provides either digital copies or unbound copies for GST and NWU examiners when requested.
  • Once the degree has been awarded, SIX bound copies are produced at North-West University (South Africa):


  • ONE for the faculty library;
  • ONE bound copy is produced for Greenwich School of Theology, which is archived at St Deiniol’s library, Hawarden;
  • ONE bound copy to the promoter/supervisor and ONE bound copy to the co-promoter/co-supervisor; and
  • TWO bound copies to the student if required.