Last year, CODEC launched a process to find a PhD student and we eventually appointed Rich Wyld who is currently doing a MA at Durham University in preparation for his PhD studies looking at Community, Ethics, New Testament and the Digital Environment. It is looking very good.
Well, we have now teamed up with the Wesley Study Centre, the Methodist Church and another para-church agency to offer another couple of opportunities...
1: A PhD Research Project
Developing Young Leaders in the Christian Church
c.£10,000 bursary per annum (plus fees paid)
The Wesley Study Centre (WSC) has been awarded funding from The Methodist Church of Great Britain to conduct some doctoral research (either DThM or PhD, preferably full-time), exploring either resources and methodologies for the development of young leaders within the Christian Church.
2. Postgraduate Research
The Bible in the Digital Age
c.£3,000 per annum towards fees
CODEC are working with a major para-church organization to develop our understanding of how we use the Bible within the digital age.The research will engage with the ongoing work with CODEC and its developing links into new media and media literacy, as well as exploring new possibilities for making use of digital media in the life of the Church. This award does not currently contain a bursary to cover living costs and is limited to a contribution towards fees.
We are seeking two students with outstanding potential to pursue research, preferably to PhD standard, in the above areas based at St John’s College at the University of Durham in collaboration with the Department of Theology and Religion.
The research will be linked to the Wesley Study Centre, a Methodist Church training institution, or with CODEC, a research centre exploring new media and theological engagement within the digital environment.
St John’s offers a wealth of research collaboration opportunities and the research supervisory panel will bring together support from each of these centres. While pursuing this research you will be expected to work together with other researchers, academic members of staff and ordinands at the various associated centres. You are expected to have a Masters degree or at least a good 2.1 BA (Hons) in Theology or a related subject. It is desirable that candidates for the first programme are members of the Methodist Church in Great Britain or have knowledge of with its theology and practice and are in sympathy with these.
The successful candidate will be expected to complete the PhD/DThM programme, while being resident in Durham, including the publication of relevant research papers and academic articles, as well as contributions to academic conferences and the dissemination of the conclusions reached during the research. Candidates will provide a formal research proposal as part of the application process.
Interviews will involve the presentation of this research proposal to a panel.
For an informal discussion or an application form and further particulars please contact
Dr Peter Phillips, CODEC
Tel: 0191 334 3896
Closing date: 19 April 2010