PTC offers a full postgraduate higher degree by research programme. These courses are usually taken by those wishing to enter into theological college teaching and academic writing. If you are looking for postgraduate coursework awards, see the coursework page.
PTC has a team of highly experienced and published academics who contribute to the research culture at PTC and are available to supervise postgraduate candidates. Our supervisors’ areas of special interest currently are in Old Testament, Church history, and historical theology. PTC has a long history of fostering research, being instrumental in the publication of Australia’s longest-running Protestant theological journal, the Reformed Theological Review. We are also pleased to collaborate with academics from other ACT consortium colleges.
To foster a research culture, PTC has held research seminars for many years. Research seminars are set for the first Fridays of March, May, August, and October, 10:00-10:55 and 11:00-11:55. For 2023, the programme will include:
Mar 3: Nathan Runham, Luther (details TBA)
May 12: Ben Nelson, Oecolampadius (details TBA)
Aug 18: Peter Hastie, sin and evolution (details TBA); Andrew Stewart, Jesus’ theological redefinition of shame in Mark 8:38
Oct 13: Allan Harman, Free Church believing criticism (details TBA)
Seminars are held via Zoom (click here for the link).
Meeting ID: 894 9590 6626
Please email the coordinator for the password.
Oecolampadius’ treatment of John chapter 6 in his Annotations on John’s Gospel
The Background to the Introduction of ‘Believing Criticism’ to the Free Church of Scotland in the late 19th Century
‘Fighting Larry’ – Defender of the Faith? Rev. Dr J. Laurence Rentoul (1845-1926)
Yhwh Tsevaot before Samuel: canonical foundations for a Davidic title
PTC’s qualified and experienced research supervisors and co-supervisors take on candidates subject to availability and the research being within their areas of speciality. A supervision team can consist of PTC supervisors and other qualified supervisors from across ACT consortium colleges. The following are currently supervising PTC candidates or are available to be supervisors.
See the ACT documents repository for policies and forms relating to all aspects of HDR, including confirmation of candidature and thesis submission and examination.