PhD/MPhil in Orthodox Studies

How to apply

In advance of your application, you should contact our Academic Director, Dr Christoph Schneider (e-mail: with an initial research proposal. Also you should indicate which potential supervisor you would like to work with on your research.

For an indication of the fees on the doctoral programme, please check the Cambridge Theological Federation (CTF) website here:

Primary research supervisors:

Dr Ralph Lee – Research Associate

Dr Lee accepts proposals for PhD projects on the following topics: Ethiopian Orthodox Christianity, the interaction between Orthodox and other Christian expressions in Ethiopia and worldwide, traditional bible interpretation in Ethiopic and Syriac traditions, the Jewish Matrix and the relationship between Second Temple Judaism and early Christianity, the influence of Second Temple texts such as 1Enoch on the New Testament and early Christian thought.

Dr Razvan Porumb – Lecturer / Vice-Principal

Dr Porumb accepts proposals for PhD projects in Ecumenism and Ecumenical Theology, Practical and Pastoral Theology, Christian spirituality, Theology and Literature.

Dr Christoph Schneider – Academic Director

I am supervising PhD theses in Systematic and Philosophical Theology:

  • Orthodox Theology and Continental Philosophy
    • Faith and Reason
    • Love
    • Metaphysics of the Between
  • Russian Religious Philosophy, esp. P.A. Florensky
  • Philosophy of Language/Semiotics
  • Dialogue between Orthodox and Protestant Theology (esp. K. Barth, E. Jüngel)
  • Dialogue between Orthodoxy and ‘Radical Orthodoxy’

Dr Elizabeth Theokritoff – Research Associate

Dr Theokritoff can supervise PhD theses on: Orthodoxy and ecology, theology of creation/’eco-theology’, and on some aspects of liturgical theology with an emphasis on hymography.


Formal application:
It is the requirement of the awarding university (Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge) that each candidate will have at least two supervisors – one ‘primary’ supervisor who has been validated by Anglia Ruskin University (please see list above) plus one or two ‘secondary’ supervisors. One of these supervisors – either the primary supervisor or the secondary supervisor (or both, in an ideal case) – needs to be the specialist for the proposed research topic. Therefore one of the scholars listed above will act as primary supervisor for your proposed field of research – provided your research interests suit those of one of our primary or secondary supervisors.

Once you have identified a potential supervisor from among the primary supervisors listed above, or from among the secondary supervisors among our Visiting Professors and Lecturers or Research Affiliates, and once you have been in touch with our Academic Director with an outline of your proposed research, do complete an online application which you can find here:
Please only complete and send the application form after having been in touch with our staff. You will then need to provide the following as part of your application:

  • your outline research proposal
  • a copy of the original transcripts of your results
  • a copy of your degree certificate(s)
  • two references on letter headed paper, signed and dated. If you’re applying for an MPhil or PhD, please supply two academic references to support your application. If you’re applying for a Professional Doctorate (DBA, EdD and DProf), please supply one academic and one professional reference
  • a photocopy of your passport, including the photograph and personal details page(s). International applicants living in the UK must also provide photocopies of visa and immigration stamps.

We will invite you to attend an interview with our academic staff before making an offer.
There is no deadline for applications, but we do recommend submitting your application to us at least one month before your proposed start date. The doctoral programme starts in September, January, April and June.

Application deadlines for the doctoral programme:

The deadline for applications is approximately four weeks before the course start date for students based in the UK/EU, and approximately six weeks for international students due to the extra time needed for visa applications. If you are an international student planning to apply for your visa in the UK, we can accept your application by the UK/EU deadline.

If we receive your application after the deadline for your chosen month, we will consider you for the next entry point.

The postgraduate research application deadlines for research programmes starting in 2022 are as follows:

April 2022

UK based students: 13 March 2022
International students: 13 February 2022

September 2022

UK based students: 14 August 2022
International students: 17 July 2022