Research course

Professional Doctorate in Practical Theology

Anglia Ruskin University · Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Entry requirements

You’ll normally need a Masters degree in a related subject, plus appropriate professional experience that will allow you to successfully complete the programme. If you do not have a Masters degree, we may still consider you for admission to the Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Research with the possibility of subsequent progression to the Professional Masters or Professional Doctorate provided you have at least a 2:1 honours degree (or equivalent) and appropriate research and professional experience. We’ll carefully evaluate your academic and professional background and, where appropriate, invite you for interview. Entry requirements are for September 2015 and January 2016 entry. Entry requirements for other intakes may differ.

Months of entry

January, April, June, September

Course content

Whether you’re developing social policy, running a business or are a minister of religion, this innovative part-time doctoral course will deepen your understanding of the spiritual and ethical dimensions.

Developed and run in partnership with the Cambridge Theological Federation, our course begins with an in-depth introduction to practical theology’s key debates, methods and thinkers.

There’s a strong emphasis on critical research and you’ll complete in-depth written projects, including a 7,000-word literature review and publishable article on an aspect of your research.

You’ll benefit from high-quality research training, as well as guidance and support from world class theologians, as you develop your research proposal and complete a 59,000-word dissertation.

There are a number of research seminar days, as well as a three-day summer school, but with an independent study commitment of 6-8 hours per week it’s possible to combine the course with a job.

Personal faith commitment isn’t necessary – and you’ll be able to tailor your research proposal to reflect your personal and/or professional interests.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

For advice on funding and scholarships please visit our finance pages for postgraduate students and researchers. Our Research Services team has further, detailed information about major funding sources, including charities, academies and set UK and EU funding.

Where available, the ARU jobs search lists research positions/scholarships.

You might also find The Alternative Guide to Postgraduate Funding helpful.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • DProf
    full time
    36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    72 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Anglia Ruskin Applicant Enqiries
01245 493131 (UK enquirers), +44 1245 493131 (Overseas enquirers)