MPhil/PhD Degrees in Theology & Religious

Departmental Regulations for MPhil/PhD Degrees in Theology & Religious Studies

Preamble

The Department of Theology & Religious Studies offers MPhil and PhD degrees by supervised research only in accordance with UB General Regulation 50.0.

Admission Requirements for MPhil Programme

Admission into the MPhil (Theology, Religious Studies and Philosophy) programme shall be in accordance with Regulation 50.1 of the University General Regulations for Master’s and MPhil.

a. Candidates must have obtained a Single Major or Honours degree in Theology and Religious Studies with a First or Upper Second Class (overall A or B average; GPA of 3.5 on a 5 point scale) from a recognized University or equivalent Institution of Higher Education or a Master’s degree in order to do MPhil in TRS.

b. Candidates must have obtained a Single Major or Honours degree in Philosophy with a First or Upper Second Class (overall A or B average; GPA of 3.5 on a 5 point scale) from a recognized university or equivalent Institution of Higher Education in order to do MPhil in Philosophy.

c. Candidates who have obtained an appropriate combined major degree with a First or Upper Second Class (overall A or B average) may be considered, provided that have achieved at least an Upper Second Class performance (B average) in the subject Theology, Religious Studies and Philosophy.

d. Candidates who have obtained degrees in Theology, Religious Studies and Philosophy, but who do not meet the requirements above may be admitted to the programme, provided they undergo a departmental assessment to determine their eligibility to undertake the MPhil programme in Theology, Religious Studies and Philosophy. On the basis of this evaluation, the departmental board shall make recommendation to the School of Graduate Studies as to whether the candidate is admissible to the programme.

PhD Programme

Admission into the PhD (Theology, Religious Studies and Philosophy) programme shallbe in accordance with University Regulation 50.2 of the General Regulations for Master’s and Doctor of Philosophy Degrees. Students with a first degree honours in TRS

or equivalent (as stated in the University statutes) who apply for PhD, will be required to do one year of MPhil before they qualify for PhD. The following regulations shall also apply:

(i) To register for the PhD degree (Theology and Religious Studies) a candidate must have obtained an MA, MTh or MPhil degree or equivalent in Theology and Religious Studies from a recognized university.

(ii) To register for the PhD degree (Philosophy) a candidate must have obtained an MA or MPhil degree or equivalent in Philosophy from a recognized university.

(ii) Candidates already registered for the MPhil programme may transfer to the PhD in accordance with the provisions of University General Regulation 50.7.1.1.

Programme Structure

The courses are:

TRS 800 Supervised Research and Thesis in Theology and Religious Studies (MPhil)

TRS 900 Supervised Research and Thesis in Theology and Religious Studies (PhD)

Submission of Applications for Admission

The procedure for submitting applications for admissions to the MPhil and PhD degree programmes shall be as stipulated in the University General Regulations 50.1 and 50.2.

Registration

The procedure for registration for the MPhil/PhD degree programmes shall be as prescribed in General Regulation 50.3.

Programme

The MPhil/PhD programme will be carried out through supervised research as specified in the University General Regulations for the degrees of Master of Philosophy (MPhil) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).

Duration of the Programme

The duration of the programme shall be as stipulated in the University GeneralRegulation 50.5

Programme of Study

The programme of study shall be as specified in the University General Regulation 50.6

Transfer of Registration

Transfers of registration from MPhil to PhD and from PhD to MPhil shall be permitted in accordance with University General Regulation 50.7

Thesis

Theses shall be submitted in accordance with the provisions of University General Regulation 50.8

Examinations

Examinations shall be conducted in accordance with the provisions of University General Regulation 50.9

Notification of Results and award of Degree

The notification of results and award of degree shall be inaccordance with University General Regulation 50.10.