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Theology, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #44 (WUR) Heidelberg, Germany
The Faculty of Theology at the University of Heidelberg offers the option of a structured Theology doctoral program towards a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.).
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This Theology doctoral program at the University of Heidelberg is aimed primarily at doctoral students whose previous academic qualifications are in neighboring disciplines (e.g., ancient history or psychology) or from foreign universities (e.g., China or the USA), but who wish to write their dissertation on a theologically oriented topic under the theologically competent aegis of our faculty. 

The target group also encompasses doctoral students who have completed a specialized theological program of study (e.g., a Master’s in “Christianity and Culture”).

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

  • Dissertation
The dissertation must be an independent, academic work within one of three fields of specialization. It must be suitable for publication and can be composed in either German or English. Other languages are also possible, insofar as permission is granted by the Ph.D. committee and an assessment by the Theology Faculty is possible.
  • Oral Exam
The date for the oral exam is to be determined following the acceptance of the dissertation. The exam itself lasts approximately one hour and is normally held in German. In exceptional cases a different language can be agreed upon. The applicant may suggest examiners, but the Ph.D. committee is not bound to these suggestions. If the oral exam is failed, it can be repeated once.

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

General Requirements

  • A completed degree, normally with a good to very good final grade, from a German university, or from an equivalent educational institution with a course of study equivalent to a German Diplom, state exam, or Master’s degree in a field essential to the dissertation. 
  • The admission of applicants who have completed a college or university degree outside of Germany and whose native language is not German additionally requires proof of sufficient German language skills (at least DSH-2). 
  • Skills in source languages necessary for the dissertation. Proof of such linguistic ability, if lacking at the time of application, can be submitted until the end of fourth semester of the Ph.D. program.

Tuition Fee

Living costs for Heidelberg

  • 922 - 1400 EUR/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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