Theological Research

Faculty and students at Highland Theological College UHI, Dingwall (HTC), are actively engaged in research across all the main areas of theological study.

In addition to their teaching commitments, lecturers at HTC spend time engaged in research producing papers, journal articles and monographs in each of their own areas of expertise.  Biblical studies, church history and pastoral theology are particular areas of study.  The Reformed, evangelical ethos of the college is often reflected in the conference papers, articles and books published by HTC staff.  HTC works alongside the Scottish Evangelical Theology Society (SETS) to publish the biannual journal Scottish Bulletin of Evangelical Theology (SBET).

The library at HTC is very well equipped.  It contains approximately 65,000 volumes including significant special collections.  A postgraduate suite provides a peaceful study environment for PhD students.

The PhD offered by HTC is by research only and is validated by Aberdeen University.  HTC is pleased to offer two part-scholarships for applicants from outwith the EU applying for full-time, residential PhD studies at the College.  These scholarships offer a 50% reduction in fees over the three years of full-time PhD studies.  We are particularly seeking proposals in the area of theological anthropology and we would favour applications that cross the theological disciplines to combine, for example, biblical and systematic theology, or systematic and practical theology, etc.  
Applications should be submitted electronically for the attention of the Registry Officer to:, including:

  • A full CV/résumé, including details of your qualifications with grades (or grades to date);
  • A 1000 word research proposal;
  • An indicative bibliography;
  • The names and contact details of three academic referees.

Recent PhD topics of HTC students have included:

  • Matthew 1:1-17 as a Summary of Israel's Story
  • Synod Secession Churches of Scotland (1733-1799)
  • Men of One Book: A Comparison of Two Methodist Preachers, John Wesley and George Whitefield
  • The Influence of Ancient Near Eastern Vassal Treaties on the Seven Prophetic Messages in Revelation
  • Moses, David and the High Kingship of Yahweh: A Canonical Study
  • The Significance of the Humanity and Divinity of Jesus for his Heavenly Session
  • The Reformed Doctrine of the Will of God in the Theology and Pastoral Practice of Thomas Boston
  • The Semantics of Tsarar (Distress) Lexemes in the Hebrew Psalter
  • The Apologetics of Thomas Chalmers
  • The Colossian Heresy? An Investigation of the Christological Polemics and Socio-Cultural Background in Colossians
  • Time and Eternity: A Study of the ‘Accidental Temporalist’ View
  • Canonical Interpretations of the Song of Songs

Graduates of HTC are active in research in colleges and seminaries in the UK, USA and further afield.  A few examples are:

  • David Graves [PhD 2008] Visiting Professor, College of Archaeology & Biblical History, Trinity Southwest University
  • Michael McKelvey [PhD 2008] Assistant professor of Old Testament at Reformed Theological Seminary, Jackson, Mississippi.
  • Ian Maddock [PhD 2009] Lecturer in Theology
  • Ian Hewiston [PhD 2010] Associate Professor of Theology - Read more
  • Mike Rasmussen [PhD 2011] Dean of Ministerial Formation, Assistant Professor of Old Testament and Practical Theology - Read more
  • David Wenkel [PhD 2011] Adjunct faculty, Bible and Theology, Moody Bible Institute - Read more
  • Mike Gurney [PhD 2012] Lecturer in theology and philosophy - Read more


Key information and contact details:

You can find more information at the College website

Principal: Rev Hector Morrison
T: +44 [0]1349 780000

Vice Principal and PhD student coordinator: Dr Jamie Grant
T: +44 [0]1349 780000



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