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PhD Christian Theology

Department of  Religious Studies
Faculty of Arts

PhD Christian Theology

The curriculum of PhD in Christian Theology is designed to hold in balance learning and morality. It creates a meeting point for the heart and the mind, with strong bias for Christian religious and theological values. It offers you a unique opportunity to achieving eternal values, which has begun in the here-and-now of human endeavours. It emphasises the continued vision and mission of the Church in Nigeria for a better society.

The programme fills the gap for basic and advanced moral and theological education in Nigeria, forestalling the mass exodus of Nigerians for theological educations abroad, which are not even accessible and affordable to all. The programme is planned to benefit people, who are currently involved with inter-religious dialogue projects, for teachers in tertiary institutions and missionaries world-wide.



The aims of the PhD in Christian Theology are to:

  • drill learners to appreciate the dynamics of religion and society and to equip them with adequate skills to carry out scientific research in religion and society and in theological studies.
  • prepare learners for Research careers and opportunities in research institutes and others.
  • equip learners for teaching careers at tertiary education level in Nigeria and around the world
  • Train religious leaders to critically analyse the influence of religion on society and vice versa.


The main objective of the programme is that on completion of the studies, the learner should be able to:

  • display a firm understanding of issues pertaining to religion and society.
  • specialized in a specific academic area of study.
  • acquire more enhanced perspectives on the politics of religion and its impact on the Nigerian economic, social, and political life in such a way that upon graduation a learner will be able to relate theory to practice.
  • attain adequate preparation to pursue a teaching and research career in the field of Religion and Society.

N.B: For more details on the programmes, consult School of Postgraduate Studies: spgs@noun.edu.ng


The Programme is headed by the Head of the Department of Religious Studies. The members of the staff jointly develop and approve the Self-Learning / Instructional Materials and facilitate the same through online media in order to reach every learner, wherever s/he may be. The instructional materials are equally available at the various study centres spread across the country and beyond. The facilitators themselves assist the learners and ensure that they grasp the ideas and issues raised in the instructional materials.

The programme is handled by renowned scholars, professors and academicians who have distinguished themselves in various areas related to the courses they handle. You cannot afford to miss any of them.

Admission Requirements

i. A Master degree in a related field of study with a minimum of 60% or 3.5 aggregate score from any University recognized by the Senate of the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN).

ii. In addition, candidates must satisfy all matriculation requirements as stipulated by the Senate of the University.

iii. Any other equivalent qualification deemed by the Senate of NOUN as adequate for admission into the degree of Doctor of Theology programme/Doctor of Christian Religious Studies programme.

iv. Transcripts:

Note: Candidates are required to request their former institutions to forward their academic records/transcripts to the Dean, Postgraduate School, to reach him/her on time to facilitate the consideration of the application. Consideration of applications of candidates whose transcripts are not sent to the University would be delayed until such records become available.  Candidates that are graduates of NOUN shall not need to fulfil this condition.

Area of Specialisation

  • Old Testament
  • New Testament
  • Church History
  • Systematic Theology
  • African Christian Theology
  • Pastoral Theology
  • Religion and Society
  • Philosophy of Religion
  • African Traditional Religion

Graduation Requirements

A minimum TCE of 27-credit units in a minimum of four (4) semesters or maximum of eight (8) semesters including thesis (9 credit units), all core courses, the General Studies (GST) courses and electives as specified in the Postgraduate Learners’ Handbook of School of Graduate Studies

NOTE: The Doctor of Philosophy degree programme is by course work and research.

Seminar Research Instruments

PhD Seminar Research Process

PhD Seminar Presentation Score Sheet/Report

Selected eResources

PhD Seminar Research Guideline

PhD Seminar Front Matters

PhD Seminar Research Assessment Form

PhD Seminar Research Registration Form

PhD Seminar Submission Guideline

PhD Seminar Research Correction Form


All Admission, Registration, and other related Matters:

Admissions Office: Dr Uzoma Amos Dike
Call: +234 902 929 0238

All Exams and Results Matters:

Exams Office: Dr Murtala Abdus-Salam A. Ajani

Call: +234 902 929 0238
E-Mail: religions.exams@noun.edu.ng

All Research and Project Matters

Call: +234 902 929 0238


For other Services and Observations

Programme Coordinator(s):

Dr Uzoma Amos Dike
Phone: +234 803 698 2770
E-Mail : religions.pgu@noun.edu.ng

Programme Leader:

Prof Godwin Iornenge Akper

Phone: +234 703 509 8054

E-Mail : gakper@noun.edu.ng

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