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Part time | University of Roehampton | 4 years | SEP-22

Study mode

Part time


4 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 master’s level. Stage 1B is for post-master’s 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 professional doctorate 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 research skills module is intended to assist students in developing the study and research skills that they need to successfully undertake postgraduate study in theology and religious studies. Students will be guided in techniques of academic reading and writing, advice on creating their own bibliographies, and practical advice on how to make the most of the electronic and in-house library learning resources at Roehampton and other accessible UK HE institutions (eg. electronic databases, SCONUL access, interlibrary loans etc.). Generic study-skills advice will be embedded in the module and enhanced by subject-specific advice tailored to the content of the MA TRS programme, notably advice on how to study the sacred texts and traditions of Christianity, Judaism, Islam, and Indian Religions (Hinduism, Buddhism etc.) at postgraduate level and engage with and evaluate scholarship in the discipline critically as well as sessions on empirical research methods.
Theology and Modernity: Thinkers and Approaches
Extended Study Module

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK students

To be confirmed

International fees
Course fees for EU and international students

To be confirmed

Entry requirements

For entry onto the professional doctorate programmes, a combination of academic qualifications as well as relevant professional experience is required.

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 long history dating back over 180 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