PhD in Intercultural Studies

The Department of Missions and the Centre for World Christianity cooperate to offer a PhD in Intercultural Studies (ICS). The ICS PhD Programme offers degrees in three concentrations:

  • Islamic Studies
  • Missions Studies
  • World Christianity.

The ICS PhD Programme comprises two phases: 

  • A seminar cycle, which lasts two academic years for a full-time student, and
  • A dissertation research and writing cycle, which normally lasts two years, and no more than five years.

 

All ICS PhD students must take the following common set of six seminars for a total of 18 credit hours: Draft Doctoral Studies Student Handbook, August 2011, page 29

Common set of six seminars

Key Concepts in World Christianity

3 credits

Intercultural Studies Research Methods

3 credits

Intercultural Studies Research Methods

3 credits

Contemporary Issues in Studying Cultures

3 credits

Encounters between Christianity and Religions

3 credits

Theological Trends in Africa

3 credits

Concentration seminars

In addition to the required common seminars, ICS PhD students must take 4 seminar courses in their concentration, for a total of 12 credit hours.

Elective seminar

ICS PhD students must also take a further elective seminar for 3 credits which will normally be from a concentration other than their own. This requirement may also be fulfilled by taking a course in an institution other than AIU.