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Monday, August 10, 2015

Biblical Studies PhD Studies and the St Mary's Model for Non-Residential Students—Chris Keith

This post is for any potential PhD students who are interested in studying in the Centre for the Social-Scientific Study of the Bible at St Mary's University, Twickenham.  Contrary to an earlier post where I mentioned that Prof  Steve Walton was at his limit for students, he will now be able to take on one or two more students this upcoming year.  So if you're interested in working with Prof Walton, Prof James Crossley, or me, I'd encourage you to get in touch with one of us.  We have a limited number of open spots, but there are a few.

We support both full-time and part-time PhD students, as well as residential and non-residential students.  There is, actually, a development at St Mary's with regard to non-residential students.  For some students, it may be possible to do what we are calling the "St Mary's Model" for non-residential PhD students.  Essentially, it would involve a combination of the student coming to London at least once per year, a supervisor coming to see the student in his or her town at least once per year, and meeting together at various conferences and through Skype, etc., at least once per month.  It's a combination of you coming to St Mary's and St Mary's coming to you, all of which reflects the international nature of global higher ed.  If you're interested in applying for this type of non-residential PhD program, get in touch with us also.  Just to be clear, there are very few positions available for this type of arrangement so we will have to be selective.  If you would have interest, however, we would love to hear from you!


  1. I take it you are the supervisor making visits to the students' home town. My daughter is in a similar distance-ed program with University of Birmingham. It is a good fit for her. Although she does not get supervisory home visits, she has at least been able to schedule a meeting with her mentor at AAR/SBL.

    1. I will be one of the supervisors making home visits, but not necessarily the only one.

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    1. Mitchell, you can write me at I'd be happy to discuss details for successful applicants.