Old and New Testament

Bibliological Perspectives

The study of exegetical, hermeneutical and revelation historical aspects of the Old and New Testament.


  • A motivation why the topic and study is necessary and relevant within the focus of Bibliological Perspectives (Old and New Testament; Hermeneutics).
  • A short literature study supporting the topic and motivation, with accompanying reference list.
  • A proposed title.
  • A short description of a proposed methodology, with references.

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Missiology & Apologetics

Missiological Perspective

The study of and outreach towards people of different backgrounds and life views who do not know God or his Word, and to approach them in a sympathetic apologetic and holistic manner, and to answer their questions and views from the viewpoint of the Gospel.


The current focus of Missiological research is very wide and accommodating. The researchers that also serve as study leaders are focusing on: Urban mission / Urbanization / Global Christianity / Intercultural studies / AIC’s / Church planting / Church revitalization / Missio Dei / Theological Education / Missional Spirituality / Apologetics / Apologetic Methodology / Islam / Contextualization / Diaconate / Poverty and Development / Cults / etc.

It is important that each prospective student will:

  • Be provisionally accepted according to the requirements of the M&D Office of the NWU. The academic qualifications of each student as well as the student’s language proficiency must be determined and be acceptable.
  • The student should familiarize himself / herself with the current focus of Missiological research in the Faculty as described above. It will be mutually beneficial if the current research can be strengthened by the student’s proposed study. The study leaders will also be able to guide the students much more effectively in a study that can contribute to the current research being done.
  • The student should provide the Missiological subgroup with a research motivation / proposal that sufficiently outlines a clearly defined problem statement; an explanation of the actuality and / or necessity of this particular study; a hypothesis or presumed outcome envisaged, and the specific goals that the study wishes to achieve.  
  • This research motivation / proposal will be circulated to each member of the subgroup to find a study leader that is willing and able to guide the student in this study.
  • The final acceptance of the research motivation / proposal will only be determined if a suitable and willing study leader is available. 

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Dogmatics, Church and Dogma History, Church Polity

Ecclesiological Perspectives

Historical studies of the Church, her dogma and Church order.

Focus: Please convey the structure of the research proposal. What I need to evaluate the proposal is a motivated theme (e.g. actuality, etc.), a problem statement, and a hypothesis. If possible, a breakdown of the problem and hypothesis in different questions / goals, etc. But the main thing is the first three points: motivated theme; problem statement; a hypothesis. All follows from that.

  • Theme
  • Problem statement
  • Hypothesis

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Ethics and Ecumenical Perspectives

Moral development of the Society

The core definitions and application of the Reformational Theology on moral renewal in the process of nation building and the development of society. 


Guidelines for postgraduate studies within the sub-program:

  1. Admission to postgraduate study is handled by the Manager: M&D-Programs, in collaboration with the sub-program management (Proff AL Rheeder, N. Vorster, JM Vorster, Dr M Kotze). Selection is based on academic results, previous projects and / or research projects, and the guidelines set out below (Yearbook 2017).
  2. The following are guidelines which a graduate student must meet before he or she can be considered for further studies within the sub-program:
  • The student must meet the NWU's guidelines for admission to postgraduate studies.
  • A thorough knowledge of the epistemology of ethics are expected.
  • Students should be familiar with the basic concepts in ethics.
  • A research document (1000 words or 2 pages) must be submitted management at the sub-program for consideration:
    • This document must identify the subject of the proposed study and the research problem.
    • A brief background should be given to explain why the specific topic of interest.
    •  It should be clear that the research motivation went off for intensive reading.
    • A student should be sure why and what he / she wants to study.
  1. The theme of the study must fit within the scope of the sub-program:
  • Human Rights.
  • Moral renewal of the society.
  • Bioethics.
  • Theological anthropology.

4. Ethics:

  • This will require the student to undergo ethics training (eg. Http://elearning.trree.org/mod/resource/view.php?id=70).
  • Should the student consider doing empirical research (eg. Quantitative and qualitative research), the student will have to demonstrate that he / she has received formal training in this regard.

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Pastoral Studies, Homiletics, Catechetics, Liturgics

Practical-Theological Perspectives

The demonstration of normative pointers for the renewal of the praxis in the church and kingdom activities in the South African society.


Please complete the form by typing your response below the requested field. A short explanation of each aspect is provided.


(The title must reflect the content of the planned study in a clear, concise and academic fashion.)


(The introduction “introduces” your topic in a scientific and interesting / relevant manner. It builds a logical “bridge” to the problem statement.)


(Presents the theme of the investigation by highlighting the issues / questions the research will address. Usually the research problem is preceded by the shortfalls in the current research about the topic. A good problem statement can be formulated in a single sentence.)


(The purpose of the study states what the study seeks to achieve, while the objectives represent the main questions or issues that need to be investigated in order to achieve the aim. Generally the objectives become the chapters of the study.)


The central theoretical argument represents the the main belief or conviction on which the study rests.)


(What method will be used to execute the study?)


(What new knowledge do you anticipate your study will add, if any – to the existing knowledge about this topic? This answer will show how much you have already read about this field and if your own study is necessary.)                


(A reference list must be included which indicates that you have in fact already started with preliminary reading from books, journal articles, and internet sources. The reference list must be according to the Harvard method of referencing. You must only cite the references that you have used in the preceding text.)

(Please also attach (as an attachment to your email) an electronic copy (PDF or Word format) of your Honours dissertation (in case of an application for an MA degree) or an electronic copy (PDF or Word format) of your MA thesis / dissertation (in case of an application for a PhD degree.)


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Ancient Languages: Semitic Languages, Greek, Latin

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