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Doctor of Professional Studies (DProf) in Theology and Religious Studies

Doctor of Professional Studies (DProf) in Theology and Religious Studies

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Full time | Parkgate Road Campus | 3 years | SEP-23

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Full time


3 years

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Key information

Qualification type

DProf - Doctor of Professional Studies

Subject areas

Religious Studies

Course type


Course Summary

Our DProf in Practical Theology offers you the opportunity to pursue research while remaining rooted in your professional or organisational context. The DProf is designed to enable you to deepen your understanding of the ethical and theological dimensions of your own professional or organisational context.

This is a practice-based research degree aimed at candidates from a range of backgrounds, including:

  • Ministers of religion in parish, congregational or chaplaincy settings
  • Public sector organisations such as education, health care and social services
  • Police and legal professions
  • Those in the caring professions, such as psychotherapy and counselling or social work
  • Sport, media and cultural industries or the arts
  • Charities, campaign groups and other non-governmental organisations
  • Leaders of faith communities
  • Those in business, enterprise, or industry.

Why study this course with us?

Theology and Religious Studies at Chester is an internationally renowned centre of excellence for Practical and Contextual Theology, with a longstanding track record of expertise in teaching, research, and supervision at the interface of higher education and the faith communities.

From its foundation as a teacher training college in 1839, the University of Chester has placed a premium on work-related study and vocational training. With the establishment of professional doctorates across the University, beginning with the DProf in Practical Theology in 2009, we continue to be committed to supporting students undertaking practice- and work-based research.


Assessment takes place via submission of a modular research portfolio, with structured written assignments and deadlines.

We recommend that candidates should commit to a minimum of eight to ten hours’ study per week on a regular basis throughout the academic year.

Careers and Employability

Student Futures aims to deliver a service which is inclusive, impartial, welcoming, informed and tailored to your personal goals and aspirations, to enable you to develop as an individual and contribute to the business and community in which you will live and work.


This module covers the following topics: The context, focus and question for the proposed research project; a rationale for the project?s value, usefulness and originality; the wider context of issues, debates and methods within the discipline of practical theology and in relation to other academic disciplines where relevant; a methodology for undertaking this project appropriate to the project's research question; Research paradigms and the nature and limitations of specific research methods; the connections between core research question, objectives and methodology (especially research design and data gathering), the interpretation of evidence and conclusions advanced.

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Entry requirements

A Master’s degree in Theology and Religious Studies or related discipline is required. Candidates not possessing a Master’s degree should have a 1st class or 2:1 honours Bachelor’s degree and give evidence of prior learning or experience equivalent to Master’s-level study. Applicants not meeting these requirements are considered on a case-by-case basis.

University information

The University of Chester is a 21st century university which traces its roots back to 1839, placing it among the oldest higher education institutions in England. With a modern outlook, a strong research pedigree and guiding principles of supportiveness and inclusiveness, it’s an academic community that has stood the test of time. Today, it attracts thousands of students from around the world and is known for its commitment to helping students...more

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