I intend this to be a list of the lecturers at the major New Testament doctoral programs (or programmes, if you like) in UK. If you’re not looking for NT PhD programs, at least you can find links to the Biblical and Theological programs in the UK and their staff. Tuition Fees are for 2008-2009 (unless otherwise indicated) home/international. Please let me know if I’ve got somebody in the wrong place or am missing someone. Also, let me know of any blogs out there since those are much harder to find.

See also here for a list of religious studies programs, though not all have NT or biblical studies programs. The Good University Guide ranks the departments of theology and religion from (only?) an undergraduate perspective, but I’d say it reflects generally the postgrad side as well. (See also here a comparison of US evangelical seminaries as well as one person’s ranking of US theology programs.)

Prof John M.G. Barclay Paul, Josephus, NT Backgrounds, Grace
Prof Francis Watson Paul, Gospels, Hermeneutics
Stephen Barton Xian Origins, NT Interp, Theol. of the family, Bible and ethics, Paul
Bill Telford Mark, Jesus, Hermeneutics, Bible in Fiction & Film
Lutz Doering Judaism, Gospels, Catholic Epistles, Historical Jesus, Early Christianity

Tuition fees: £3,300/£10,050 (No additional college fees)
Strengths: Paul, NT Backgrounds, Exchange Link with Duke University, Meissen Library: the largest German theology library in the UK
Others: Jimmy Dunn (Emeritus), Andrew Louth, Walter Moberly, Robert Hayward, Lewis Ayers (in 2009); Mark McIntosh (in 2009)

Prof Judith Lieu Johannines, 1st & 2nd Century History, Feminist Analysis
James Carleton Paget 1st & 2nd century Christianity (esp. Barnabas), Schweitzer, Judaism & Christianity
Andrew Chester Messianism & Eschatology, Early Christianity, NT Ethics
Prof William Horbury Ancient Judaism, Christian Origins, NT Backgrounds, Jewish-Christians relations
Simon Gathercole Paul, Gospels, NT Theology Editor of JSNT
Peter Williams Use of early NT versions, John, Rephaim in OT Warden of Tyndale House, Blog: Evangelical Textual Criticism

Tuition Fees: £3,168/£8,832 + College Fees: ~£2,000 (Not clear what year this is)
Tyndale House

Ronald Piper Johannines, Gospels, Q, Social-Scientific Methods
Grant Macaskill Gospels, Enochic Judaism
Philip Esler Social-Scientific Methods, Early Christian Identity in Rome, Paul, Muslims 2005-2009 Leave of Absence to serve as Chief Executive of the UK AHRC
Kelly Iverson Gospels, Historical Jesus, Hermeneutics, Biblical Theology

Tuition Fees: £4,300/£11,300
Note: Dedicated postgrad space.
Others: Jim Davila

Andrew D. Clarke Paul Chairman of the Tyndale House Council
Jutta Leonhardt-Balzer John, Philo, Qumran,…
Tomas Bokedal Christian origins, Scripture & Theology
Jane Heath Paul, Hellenistic Philosophy Beginning Autumn 2008

Tuition Fees: £3,315/£9,000
Others: I. Howard Marshall (Emeritus), Paul Ellingworth (Emeritus)

James Crossley NT Backgrounds, Judaism, Jesus, Paul Earliest Christian History Blog
Barry Matlock Paul, Hermeneutics, History of Interp

Tuition Fees: £3,300/£9,920

Prof Markus Bockmuehl Jesus, Paul (Philippians), Law/Ethics His web site
Prof Christopher Rowland NT Interpretation, Apocalyptic, Apocalypse
Prof Christopher Tuckett Christology, Paul, Early Christian Gospels
Peter Walker Jesus, Israel, Biblical Theology
Larry Kreitzer Paul, Jewish Apocalyptic, Revelation
John Muddiman Synoptics, Paul, Eschatology, Hermeneutics
Justin Hardin Paul, Emperor Cult Starting at Wycliffe Hall, Autumn 2008
Ian Boxall Revelation
John Drury Gospels
Peter Edmonds Gospels
Eric Eve Gospels
Andrew Gregory Gospels, Luke-Acts, Apostolic Fathers
Mark Harris NT, Miracles, Science and Theology
Christine Joynes NT, Gospel of Mark, Bible and Arts
Nicholas King Synoptics, Translation
Susan Miller Luke-Acts
B. Shellard Gospels
Peter Walker Jesus, Israel, Biblical Theology

Tuition Fees: £3,300/£11,205 + College Fees: ~£2,000

Prof Larry Hurtado Christology, Gospels, Paul, NT Background, Text Criticism
Helen Bond Trial of Jesus, Josephus, Women of the Herods
Paul Foster Gospels, Diaspora Judaism, Gospel of Peter, Text Criticism, Ignatius

Tuition Fees: £3,315/£9,500
Others: John Riches with Expository Times

Conrad Gempf Jesus, Acts, Information Design & Architecture Blog: Not Quite Art
Prof Max Turner Pneumatology, Ephesians
Steve Motyer John’s Gospel, Hebrews
Steve Walton Acts, Koine Greek
Robert Willoughby John’s Gospel, Sociopolitical Issues, Ministry to Family & Children
Thorsten Moritz NT, Hermeneutics and Biblical Theology Offers UK degree thru LST, but US based program in St. Paul, MN ($14k/yr), also Theological German

Tuition Fees: £3,738/£6,918 (2007-2008)
Notes: Similar to Dr. Moritz’ agreement, Gordon-Conwell also has a PhD program associated with LST, which focuses (solely?) on minorities.

Eddie Adams Paul, Graeco-Roman World, Hermeneutics, Cosmology
Richard Burridge Gospels, Graeco-Roman Biography, NT Ethics

Tuition Fees: £3,300/£11,200

Richard Bell Paul: Israel, Christology, Atonement
Roland Deines Matthew, Second Temple Judaism, Archaeology, History of Interpretation
Angus Paddison Theological Hermeneutics, History of Interpretation, revelation, Scripture
Anthony Thiselton New Testament Hermeneutics and Philosophy, 1 Corinthians

Tuition Fees: £3,750/£10,200
Notes: Interesting option of a Integrated or New Route PhD
Others: Maurice Casey (Emeritus)

David Horrell Social-Scientific Interp, Ethics (Pauline, Contemporary, Environmental), 1 Peter, Corinthians
Louise Lawrence Anthropological approaches to the NT, Contemporary Hermeneutics See Texts of Land, Sea, and Hope

Tuition Fees: £3,145/£9,600

Kathy Ehrensperger Paul, Feminist Interpretations
Paul Middleton Martyrdom, Gospels, Christian Origins, Apocalypse, Worship
Bill Campbell Pauline Eschatology and Theology, Christian Origins and Judaism, Christian Identity in the Contemporary Pluralist World, Religion and Education, Jewish-Christian Dialogue

Tuition Fees: £3,300/£8,988*
*Rate fixed for the 3 year course.
Notes: The largest religious studies program in the UK with 49 lecturers.

David Wenham Jesus and Paul, Gospels
John Nolland Gospels
Steve Finamore Biblical Studies, Christian Doctrine, Mission Studies, ecclesiology, and apocalyptic Baptist College Faculty

Tuition Fees: ?/?
Notes: Supervision coordinated between Trinitry College and Bristol Baptist College. Also there are connections with Bristol University.

Prof David Parker Text Criticism, John
Philip Burton Early Christian Writings
Hugh Houghton Early Christian Writings,
Text Criticism, Greek and Latin philology

Tuition Fees: £3,340/£9,450
Notes: One of the largest religious studies programs in the UK with 40+ lecturers.

Todd Klutz Luke-Acts, Demonology, Linguistics, Ecstactic Experiences
Peter Oakes Paul, Philippi, Graeco-Roman Society

Tuition Fees: £3,240/£9,500 (2007-2008)
Others: Prof Graham Ward, Prof George Brooke

Ward Blanton Paul, Origins of Christianity and Political Sovereignty
Paul Holloway Judaism and Christianity as Hellenistic-Roman Religions, Paul, Philippians, 1 Peter, Origins of Christianity

Tuition Fees: £3,240/£9,000 (2007-2008)

Ian Paul Book of Revelation, NT Hermeneutics Managing Editor of Grove Books

Tuition Fees: £?/£?

Prof Andrew Lincoln Gospel of John, Hermeneutics, NT Theology, Pauline Letters & Hebrews, Synoptics & Acts
Angus Paddison? Gospels and Paul, theological hermeneutics, history of interpretation, Revelation
Lloyd Pietersen?

Tuition Fees: £3,300/£8,720

Prof Steve Moyise Intertextuality, OT in NT, Gospels

Tuition Fees: £2,380/£8,200

Jenny Read-Heimerdinger NT Greek–Discourse Analysis, Text Criticism, Acts
Catrin Williams John, Isaiah in John, Second Temple Judaism, Rabbinic Judaism
John Thomas Johannine literature, Pentecostal Hermeneutics It appears that he also supervises students in the US(?)

Tuition Fees: £3,240/£8,200 (2007-2008)

Prof Keith Elliott NT Text Criticism, Luke Reviews editor of Novum Testamentum

Tuition Fees: £3,300/£?

Michael Bird Historical Jesus, Gospel of Mark, Paul’s theology of justification and Christian origins– really anything NT, he’s a machine He has one of the top blogs around: Euangelion

Tuition Fees: £3,240/£8,856 or £7,280 (2007-2008)
Notes: Degree jointly offered through either University of Wales: Lampeter or UHI/University of Aberdeen

Derek Newton Biblical Interpretation, Pauline Studies, Cross-Cultural Hermeneutics, Contextualisation
Marion Carson Pauline Studies, the interaction between the New Testament and Pastoral Care
John Dennis John’s Gospel, 2 Corinthians

Tuition Fees: £3,600/£9,600
Notes: Degree jointly offered through University of Aberdeen

Bridget Gilfillan Upton Gospel Methodology/Hermeneutics, Film Narratology and the Gospels, Feminist Hermeneutics

Tuition Fees: £3,158/£8,460

Sean Winter Paul, Hermeneutics, Counter imperialism in NT, Baptist Theology (see more here) Sean the Baptist

Tuition Fees (and program details): £2,950/£2,950
Notes: Degree validated through Manchester University

Pieter Lalleman Backgrounds to the Bible, Luke-Acts and the Johannine literature
Stephen Wright Luke, Hermeneutics

Tuition Fees: £3,550/£?
Notes: Degree validated through University of Wales

Keith Warrington NT Pneumatology; Healing in the NT; Pentecostalism KeithWarrington.co.uk

Tuition Fees: £3,168/£7,900 (2006-2007)
Notes: Degree validated through University of Bangor

Tom Holland Pauline Theology, Christology, Soteriology,Johannine Theology TomHolland.org.uk

Tuition Fees: £3,996/£7,700
Notes: Degree validated through University of Wales-Lampeter


40 Responses to “UK NT Lecturers”

  1. Hi Ben

    I supervise PhD students in New Testament and Hermeneutics on behalf of the London School of Theology. All my PhD students are US-based. They do not have to move to the UK – just one trip for the viva at the end. Cost as of 2006/7: $12K per annum.

    BTW, I’m a NT Prof at Bethel Seminary in Minnesota. More info on a website, which is being constructed: http://www.theologicalgerman.com

    JFI. Thanks.


  2. Ben Says:

    Very interesting program. Thanks for the link!

  3. Ross Teasler Says:


    I’m enjoying the info. Very informative. Thanks for the work.

    My question is this, “What is with the mass exodus of Scotland?” I attend SWBTS in Fort Worth. Today, I was having lunch with a friend from class at our regional ETS meeting on campus. We were talking about post-graduate work and I mentioned Dr. Watson. He had contact with Aberdeen and then told me of the mass exodus. I had to research it for my own sake. Say it ain’t so!

  4. Ben Says:

    I haven’t heard anything on why this is happening in Scotland. I know Durham has been working on this for a while, both internally and in negotiations for FW. Cambridge had a power vacuum that had to be filled. My guess is that it just happened that a couple of the more prominent schools went fishing and Scotland happened to be the place where they caught the fish.

  5. Scott Says:

    Hey Ben,

    Thanks for your site; it has been helpful in locating scholars. Here are a couple of possible additions:

    John Christopher Thomas (Johannine, Pentecostal Hermeneutics) at Bangor University (formerly known as University of Wales, Bangor).

    Keith Warrington (NT Pneumatology; Healing in the NT; Pentecostalism) at Regents Theological College (validated by University of Wales).

  6. Ben Says:

    Thanks Scott, I’ve updated things to add them.

  7. corey Says:


    thanks for your work. just wanted to clarify. are the tuition costs you’ve entered for a year, or just a semester?

  8. Ben Says:

    They are for a year.

  9. […] Posted by Ben under General NT, PhD Stuff   I’ve gone through and updated my list of the NT doctoral programmes (or programs, if you like) and the Lecturers at each here in the UK (plus tuition fees for each).  There’s been a little bit of turnover, […]

  10. Ben,

    Catrin Williams is a Johannine and Second Temple Literature Specialist at Bangor.

  11. Ben Says:

    Thanks for that Lou!

  12. J. B. Hood Says:


    You might add Mike Bird’s blog link, euangelizomai.blogspot.com.

  13. Ben Says:

    J.B., thanks for that. How could I have forgotten his?!?

  14. Daniel Says:

    Do you know what the residency requirements are to be considered a home or EU student?

  15. Ben Says:

    Here’s a link to the Arts and Humanities Research Council regarding funding. I think it is the basis for the way home fees are determined at schools as well: http://www.ahrc.ac.uk/apply/postgrad/postgrad_details_d/eligibility.asp

    This website at Cambridge has similar information, but gives ‘citizenship’ as the primary requirement along with residency: http://www.admin.cam.ac.uk/offices/gradstud/funding/aid/eligibility.html

  16. Parker Says:


    Thanks for this information, its really helpful. I saw the note about distance education through the London School of Theology. Do you know of any other UK schools that offer this option?

  17. Ben Says:

    I know several schools allow international-based, part-time students. For instance almost a 1/4 of Durham PhD students are based in the US and just make trips over a few times a year. I’m not sure how many or which other schools do this. I suppose they would be schools that have a part-time international tuition fee.

  18. elnwood Says:

    Hi Ben,

    I’m thinking of pursuing a NT PhD. I’ve been looking up NT professors and checking where they got their PhDs, and it seems like every other evangelical NT professor got their PhD from Aberdeen, but I didn’t find any non-evangelical NT professors studied at Aberdeen.

    Do you know why? Is Aberdeen especially prestigious, or was I. Howard Marshall an especially desirable PhD advisor? Is Aberdeen more evangelical?

  19. Ben Says:

    I think with Howard Marshall and co they were very friendly to US-style evangelicals. I suppose it’s like FF Bruce and Sheffield for the generation before that. It was actually one reason I hesitated to apply there since it has been known as the popular place to go.

    I assume Aberdeen still tends that direction with the hire of Tomas Bokedal, who presents at ETS (and is a really nice guy) and with Clarke who is affiliated with Tyndale.

    In the end, I think people found it comfortable because they didn’t challenge belief as you might expect at a ‘secular’ school. But in reality, I don’t think many, if any, these days would be outright hostile to belief here.

  20. Daniel S. Says:

    I’m really glad to find this blog. Thanks a lot, Ben. Let me introduce myself. I am an Indonesian student in Indonesian seminary having deep interest in Pauline studies. While I recognize that Durham is a definite place to study such subject, I also realize that it’s quite like ‘shooting on the moon’ for me. However, I’m still in a bachelor stage, perhaps will be graduated in one and a half years more. I wouldn’t ask you about PhD. I’m asking you about ideal ‘stepping-stone’ for me (such an MA). Thanks a lot, Ben.

    3rd world student,

    Daniel Sihombing

  21. Ben Says:

    Hi Daniel. My advice for MA programs is to pick one at a school that you’d like to do a PhD at. That is, if you are interested in doing a PhD at Durham with Barclay or Watson, you should apply to do your MA here. That way they can get to know you and you them.

    It’s my understanding that acceptance requirements are much lower for the MA (than PhD) since it is a one year program vs 3+. I’m not sure what the requirements are but with a 3.0+ GPA or a 2:1, you shouldn’t have much trouble getting accepted at any of the non-Oxbridge schools–Edinburgh, King’s, Durham, etc.

    I know that’s pretty generic, but I hope that helps. Let me know if you want clarification on something.


  22. Mike Says:

    Hi Ben!

    this website has been so tremendously helpful (thank you much)… I got a B.S. in Biology from UCLA and now I’m getting my M.Div at Talbot School of Theology in California, and am just starting to look into Ph.D programs in the U.K.

    are the professors you listed above considered “evangelical”? I want to pursue research but my research will probably have a conservative evangelical bent and wanted to know if that would affect who I should seek as a supervisor

    further, would taking German courses at a local community be advisable?

    I’m sure you are really busy but any advice/help you could give would be tremendously helpful… thanks again!

  23. Ben Says:

    Mike, Glad to be of help. Most people at the major universities would not be considered ‘evangelical’ by US standards. And even then for those that might be evangelical in a british sense, inerrancy is not the sine qua non of the british version of evangelicalism as in the US. To find a solidly confessional supervisor, you’d have to hook up with somebody like Mike Bird (at HTC, though your degree would technically come from Aberdeen) or maybe from LST and the like. Of the universities, I’ve heard that Aberdeen still has a little of the old Marshall evangelical ethos, but with the recent faculty flip-flop it may not be the best place to go.

    However, I wouldn’t discount the ‘university’ programs for 2 key reasons. 1) The british are much better about fostering conversations with people they disagree with. (e.g., think of Gathercole doing his phd with Dunn). As a result, confessional points of view are not discounted as long as you are making good arguments from the text and not just your presuppositions. 2) The large majority of students from the US studying in the UK come from evangelical backgrounds at the major programs. They want your money and they are used to working with evangelicals.

    Depending on your career goals, I would highly recommend the universities since they would probably open up doors to broader venues than another confessional school might and you will engage in broader conversations than you might otherwise. But there are also top people at the confessional places as well.

  24. Ben Says:

    On the German, I would say anything you can do beforehand is great. A class format is helpful in 2 ways: 1) discipline that you wouldn’t have on your own and 2) pronunciation. You’ll lose time with vocab you don’t need, but I’d say that’s not that big of a deal. Plus you never know when modern words will show up.

  25. Josh Says:


    I noticed that you said that several of the UK schools allow US students to study and not relocate. I have a few questions about that:

    Could these students be considered full-time or must they be part-time?

    Where do they do their research at? Not being on campus, how do they have access to university resources?

    How do they communicate with their mentors? I assume via email but this just seems to not be as effective.

    I understand that you may have limited knowledge on this issue. If you have a relationship with someone who is going this route could you email me his/her email address?


  26. Ben Says:


    Durham is really the only place I have actual knowledge of, other places I’ve heard rumors.

    FT vs PT: I’m almost certain at Durham you have to be PT b/c their are residency requirements for FT. I get the feeling that with the Moritz program at LST you are FT.

    Research: You find a local library to yourself that will let you borrow. Most universities have some online access (mostly journals), but I wouldn’t plan on a lot of help with this aspect.

    Communication: It is mostly email, though calls are thrown in. I think it’s expected that you show up a couple of times a year for face to face, usually after you turn in a piece of work.

    To be honest, I’m not really sure how one pulls it off. I think the first year contact is so crucial, based on my experience and others’. If you’ve got that and you need to do PT/at a distance after that, I think that seems much more feasible, imho.

  27. don woolley Says:

    Are there any ratings for the seminaries? I found the ratings of U.K. universities online, but I’m ignorant of the reputation of the seminaries and Bible Colleges. Naturally, I wouldn’t want to get a Ph.D. and then find no one respects the institution from which it came. 🙂

    Any info would be appreciated.

  28. Ben Says:

    I haven’t heard anything. I’ve only slowly picked up info about confessional schools here. Since I’m assuming your from the US, I’d say that your PhD supervisor’s reputation is more important that the school’s since those in the US won’t know one from another. In general the larger places like LST, Spurgeon’s, or ICC are going to be better known. Somebody like Chris Tilling might be a good source for info.

    1. Kelly Says:


      I am really impressed at the work you put into this site. Thanks for doing so much of the research for me! I’m from the U.S. and I find most people are very familiar with Spurgeon’s College and ICC. I have only recently been introduced to London School of Theology. How is the school’s reputation in the U.K.? Coming from overseas, I am very leary of applying to a diploma mill. Thanks for your time,

      1. Ben Says:

        I don’t think that LST is a diploma mill. I think your choice would be determined by your professional goals. A friend here mentioned that if you wanted to get a lecturing job afterwards, you might want to think about one of the universities.

  29. don woolley Says:

    Thanks Ben. I am in the U.S. I graduated from Asbury Seminary in 02.

    At Durham, do you know if there is a reduced overseas rate for students doing their research here but traveling there for supervision? Some schools reduce the fees for their “split-site” students (Exeter and B’ham, for instance).

    thanks for this blog!


  30. Ben Says:

    I’m pretty sure that any non-resident students must be considered part-time and that they pay about half the full-time rate. Here’s the link: http://www.dur.ac.uk/international/postgraduate/part-time/

  31. Chad Says:

    Hi Ben,

    I stumbled across your blog. What a great resource and thanks for the hard work. I did have a question for you. I noticed you had WEST on the list and Tom Holland. Do you have any thoughts on the program there?



    1. Ben Says:

      Unfortunately, I don’t really have any info on WEST or Holland. Sorry.

  32. FELIX Says:

    Hi Ben I just found this site and am excited about it. I am an MA in Theology at Newbold College here in the UK. I hope to graduate in July 2010. My plan is to get into a PhD program in another school right after graduation. What will be your advice to me regarding admissions? Am hoping to specialise in Biblical Hermeneutics/NT backgrounds.

    1. Ben Says:

      Felix, Sorry for just getting back about this. I’m not really up on people doing hermeneutics and backgrounds. You might contact Angus Paddison since he’s somebody I respect that’s doing theological interpretation. He could give you more specific info. If you are thinking about Second Temple Judaism, I’ve been impressed with Lutz Doering here at Durham, but there are plenty of good people out there. Hope it goes well.

  33. […] professors currently teaching in Germany and Switzerland, hoping to put together a list similar to Dunelm’s for the UK. Please offer corrections when I place someone at the wrong institution, and please let […]

  34. […] One might also want to read the article about American and British Ph.D. programs on SBL’s website.  Information (though slightly dated) about U.K. programs and specialties can be found on the Dunelm Road blog. […]

  35. Please add me to Wales Evangelical School of Theology:
    Cornelis Bennema, Senior Lecturer in New Testament. See further http://west.academia.edu/CornelisBennema

  36. PS research interests: Gospel of John; NT Pneumatology; Character in NT Narrative; NT Ethics; Gospel of Mark

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