Nederlandse Onderzoekschool voor Theologie en Religiewetenschap
Netherlands School for Advanced Studies in Theology and Religion

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Research Seminar Biblical Studies

0.25 EC 21 Sep 2018


Teaching staff: Prof. dr. L.J. Lietaert Peerbolte (VU) and prof. dr. K. Spronk (PThU)

Course description:
This ongoing seminar meets monthly and offers a forum to present and discuss the PhD research projects of the participants. One part of each session is devoted to the discussion of work-in-progress. In the second part there is room for both theoretical/methodological reflection (e.g. discussing key articles) and all practicalities of doing PhD research: mastering of sources, writing style, time management, etc. Last but certainly not least: the PhD seminar Biblical Studies is a place where PhD candidates can share their experiences and support each other, for example during the coffee break, or in the ‘third half’ (lunch afterwards).

Course objectives:
The course aims at supporting the participants during their PhD-work by introducing them to the current theoretical and methodological debate and by developing their dissertation skills through dialogue and workshops.

Final qualifications:

  • The participant is able to participate in collegial discussions of ongoing work, and to present and defend his or her own work in ways that meet academic standards.
  • The participant is able to assess and to discuss theoretical and methodical aspects of research in the field of Biblical Studies.

Required reading: Research papers of participants, selected readings concerning theory and methodology.
Testing methods: Active participation, delivery of prepared critical comments, presentations, responses and discussions. Participants in the seminar are expected to participate during two full academic years or to attend 20 sessions during a longer period of participation.
Participation and registration: Registration is required via the NOSTER website. When you are logged in to your personal account on the website a register button will appear on the right. A certificate of attendance can be given to the participants after finishing the course. In case you are an external PhD candidate your promotor has to send NOSTER an email (, giving his or her consent with your participation.
Costs: Participation is free for NOSTER members. For those who are not NOSTER members the fees are €125,-. For  more information about membership and costs per EC, see this page.
Credits: 0,25 / meeting
Number of sessions: Ten sessions per year of 2,5 hours each.
Place: Sessions are at VU University Amsterdam.
Course-specific Admission requirements: The seminars are open to PhD candidates and research master students in Biblical Studies (including Early Christianity). In some cases, research-oriented students from other master programmes may also be admitted.



  • 21 Sep 2018 10:00 13:00
    Nijmegen, as part of the NOSTER Opening of the Academic Year. More information t.b.a.


Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, De Boelelaan, Buitenveldert-West, Amsterdam, Nederland
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