Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Degree Program

between China Graduate School of Theology and University of Edinburgh



Develop outstanding theological educators and researchers for China and Asia


  1. Cross-cultural research with global perspectives
  2. Joint supervision of two renowned partnering institutions
  3. A single degree combining the fine traditions of both a university and a seminary

Prospective Students

  1. Show ability to undertake theological research and reflection in an integrative and critical manner
  2. Show ability to ground critical and innovative thinking realistically that addresses the needs of the age
  3. Possess spiritual maturity and commitment to the expansion of God's kingdom

Admission Requirements

  1. Holder of an MDiv degree or equivalent, with a GPA of 3.5 or above
  2. Competence in academic writing in English (e.g. IELTS 7.0), and in any other language(s) as deemed necessary by the Programme Committee for specific areas of research

Programme Structure

  1. Duration of research and study will normally be 36-48 months full-time equivalent.  Within not more than 12 months of commencing work, students are required to present a full, formal research proposal along with a sample of work.  On the basis of progress up to that point and the prospects for the research, the Review Board will make a recommendation on the continuation of studies/thesis.
  2. Students must reside 18 months in Hong Kong, and another 18 months in Edinburgh, Scotland.
  3. On admission, each student will be assigned 1 principal supervisor from both CGST and Edinburgh.  Both supervisors will work closely together to oversee his/her work for best result.
  4. The thesis must be written in English.  Student shall submit his/her thesis and attend an oral examination, and may graduate after having satisfied the examiners on both the thesis and the oral examination.
  5. Graduate will attend a graduation ceremony hosted by either but not both of the institutions.

Fees in 2022/23  (subject to changes, please refer to the announcement for the most up-to-date information about fees from CGST)

  1. Application Fee:

           CGST (HK$2,000)

  1. Tuition Fee:

            18 months at CGST (HK$67,200 per year)

            18 months at University of Edinburgh (please refer to its website)

  1. Scholarship is available for post-graduate studies.


Registration Number: 253176
This is an exempted course under the Non-local Higher and Professional Education (Regulation) Ordinance. It is a matter of discretion for individual employers to recognise any qualification to which this course may lead.