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December 09, 2011



I'll be graduating with an MATS in May. I'd be more than happy for someone to pay for my doctoral studies in Baptist history. ;)


One of the difficulties, I think, is that the BU scholarships are only 'workable' if you happen to be able to live rent and bill free, or have a partner who can earn some money to pay the bills - as I understand it, I could be wrong, they cover fees and half a stipend or thereabouts. So, for me as a non-property owning, single person, even if I wished to study full time for a doctorate, it just wouldn't work financially (though maybe it would for a 20 something who's happy to live in university halls?). Maybe part of the challenge is to find ways of making part time doctoral study more widely available?

I fully agree we need more Baptists doing post grad research - just not sure it's something many are able to afford to do.

Andy Goodliff

Catriona, you are right about the current arrangements with scholarships. As I understand it is about 10k a year for 3 years, which is obviously not enough for the majority of persons. So scholarships would need to more flexible (and means-tested?), but this is all to ask the question whether we think having ministers and non-ministers who are academically trained theologians is important.

The issue with p/t, as someone who has just begin this kind of research, is enabling the right amount of time to properly do the thing justice. I'm certainly finding it harder, being outside a research community and with the pressures of the ministry, family and the upheavals of Union life! Perhaps I should spend less time blogging :-)

I think it is the 3 years dedicated to a PhD that allows you to write the thing, but also to learn more of the theological tradition. I attended a post-graduate seminar whilst at Oxford and was often wondering whether I missed the week everyone read Aquinas, Augustine, etc ...


I'm hoping to do a D.Prof at Chester, in practical theology. It's part-time and a pretty reasonable £1800 per year. Tis supposed to help ministers in critical reflection ... holy fingers crossed. Ruth (Mc was) Moriarty *-)

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