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Practical Theology (DTh)

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Part time | University of Roehampton | 6 years | SEP

Study mode

Part time


6 years

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

ThD - Doctor of Theology

Subject areas

Applied / Practical Theology

Course type


Course Summary


The DTh is a professional doctorate programme in practical theology. This programme offers a variety of bespoke outcomes to diverse students engaged with Christian practice including: strategic leadership training to senior level ministry personnel; the deeper integration of theological learning to contexts of practice; the honing of missiological and ecclesiological understandings as lived out in real-life situations. The programme focuses on using research to develop theological practice, to the mutual enrichment of both academic theology and faith practice.

There are two entry points for this programme. Stage 1A is for those with a good undergraduate degree and professional experience, who will initially take a selection of preparatory taught modules at Masters level. Stage 1B is for post-Masters applicants, and is an accelerated form of the course.

Regardless of entry point this programme will help those already engaged in Christian Ministry and Service - diversely understood - to develop the advanced research, evaluative and reflective skills necessary to further their professional and career profile, and contribute form their practice to wider theological discourse. Students will prepare for more senior level, national or international roles, as leaders, advisers or consultants in faith-practice and ministry. As a practitioner of Practical Theology, this course will encourage you to reflect technically and theologically on your practice, and on the application of scholarship and research to a range of faith, ecclesial and missiological contexts.

Career options

The DTh is intended to enable existing professionals working in church ministry, mission, education, development or the para-church sector to move into senior or national positions within visionary research-led organisations.


This is route 1B module. This module is the research dissertation that embodies and completes the outcomes of this professional doctoral programme. It provides students with the opportunity to design and execute a substantial research project on a pressing problem within practical theology of current professional interest and as a result, produce a monograph - length piece of sustained academic writing offering credible conclusions, solutions and insights, constituting a substantial and original contribution to knowledge with clear significance for professional practice in the sector.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK/ international students

Standard full-time fee is £15,285 and it is a guide for part time students.

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

For Route 1A - a good Masters Bachelors degree in Theology or related subject together with substantial ecclesial or faith-practice experience; For Route 1B - a good Masters degree in Theology or related subject together with substantial ecclesial or faith-practice experience.

University information

Located in south-west London, the University of Roehampton has a 54-acre parkland campus with state-of-the-art facilities, located within 30 minutes of central London. The University has a history dating back over 175 years. Through its oldest College, Whitelands, it has provided higher education to women for longer than any university in the country. Today, it has a thriving range of postgraduate programmes and an excellent research...more