Research course

Doctor of Theology and Ministry

Durham University · Department of Theology and Religion

Entry requirements

Normally a good Masters degree in Theology and Religious Studies or a related subject. It is especially suitable for those who have completed the MA in Theology and Ministry at Cranmer Hall, Wesley Study Centre

Months of entry


Course content

The Doctor of Theology and Ministry programme delivers doctoral level training and research opportunities in the interdisciplinary field of Practical Theology. We recruit practitioners in Christian ministry (lay and ordained) who wish to engage in professional development by critical reflection on practice in the light of theology and the human and social sciences. The programme is offered by the Department of Theology and Religion, with the support of the denominational theological training institutions in Durham: Cranmer Hall (Anglican) and the Wesley Study Centre (Methodist). The DThM is normally undertaken by part-time study over six years. It combines both a taught course element (years 1 to 2) and a research thesis element (years 3 to 6). Integral to the delivery of the programme is the annual summer school combined with ongoing research supervision.

Current examples of DThM research projects include: the pastoral care of self-harming women prisoners, the re-shaping of Methodist circuits to facilitate mission, the models of transformation suggested in reality TV compared to those offered in typical Christian preaching, the experience of Roman Catholic priests and people working collaboratively in multi-parish curacies.

Information for international students

English language requirements include an IELTS of 7.0 or equivalent, with no band below 6.5.

Fees and funding

Scholarships and funding information

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months
part time
72 months

Course contact details

Theology and Religion
0191 3343929