South African Theological Seminary Postgraduate Application 2020


South African Theological Seminary Postgraduate Application 2020

About South African Theological Seminary Postgraduate Application

Our focus is on people who are committed to the Lord Jesus Christ, who love and respect the Bible as God’s word, are involved in advancing His kingdom through practical ministry and have a desire to develop these commitments further.

SATS offers biblically based, academically rigorous, and practically relevant programmes. Like Hugh of St. Vincent, we believe education is the pursuit of wisdom and virtue, both of which are ultimately found in Christ through friendship with God. We design our programmes and our courses with the dual ambition of being both informative and transformative. We strive to engage the text and the context, the Word and the world in ways that are God-glorifying and missional.

SATS is known for providing rich online learning experiences. Our MySats platform affords our students a world-class portal for e-learning, connecting you to your study materials, fellow students, course facilitator, library holdings, and assessment tasks. We aim to take the distance out of distance education by automating processes that can and should be instant, freeing our staff to offer fast and friendly service where the personal touch is needed.

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We serve people who are committed to the Lord Jesus Christ, who love and respect the Word of God, and dedicate their lives to advancing the kingdom of God through practical ministry. Like Pierre de la Ramée, we believe that theology is ‘the doctrine of living well for God’.

Since all our teaching-and-learning takes place online, you will need regular, personal access to the Internet. SATS courses can be completed on a smartphone or a tablet, but a personal computer is desirable for writing longer essays.

How to Apply

The PhD is a research degree that culminates in an original dissertation of 80,000- 100,000 words. The learning journey is divided into five phases.

Phase 1 begins when you enrol. It consists of two online courses: GEN4121 Theological Orientation and MRS5240 Research Concept Development.


Phase 2 requires you to draft and submit a formal research proposal, which you do in consultation with your appointed supervisor, a scholar specialising in your research area. The phase ends when SATS’ Research Committee approves your research proposal.

Phases 3-4 are where you conduct the research and write the dissertation, under the tutelage of your appointed supervisor.

Phase 5 is about examination! You submit your dissertation for internal and external examination, making the required improvements. You must also submit an article based on the thesis. The PhD journey culminates in the online oral defence. This takes place after the dissertation passes both the internal and external evaluation process. The student is required to defend his or her thesis by responding to questions posed by a team of experts in the chosen fields of study.

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Application Form

To access our application form you may contact the Registrar of Postgraduate Studies, Marilyn Schott on or simply click on Apply Online.
We look forward to being of assistance to you.

Please take extra care when completing the online application form not to use apostrophes, commas, inverted commas, brackets or slashes.

The Undergraduate School offers programmes from Certificate to Bachelor of Theology Degree. The Postgraduate School offers programmes from Honours to Doctorate degrees.

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