Research course (will run subject to approval)


Spurgeon's College · Spurgeon's College

Entry requirements

• Qualifications for entry to the course will conform to the appropriate regulations of the University of Chester. • You must have been in a position of responsibility relevant to the course for a minimum of two years and during the course you will continue in ministry. • You need to have a master’s degree in Theology or an equivalent combination of experience and training.

Months of entry


Course content

The context of Christian ministry is changing rapidly - new tasks, new situations, new challenges. Studying for the degree of Doctor of Ministry helps you renew yourself and your approach to ministry in this fast world. It is designed for people who cannot take extended periods of study away from their ministry, though if you are able to take a period of study leave, that time can be used very profitably for work on your DMin. Spurgeon’s College offers the DMin in collaboration with the University of Chester.

The DMin course can be seen in a number of ways:

· As in service training/continuing ministerial education

· As on-going personal development

· As a chance to develop new skills

· As a focus for evaluating your current work

· As a structure for developing expertise in a particular aspect of theology and ministry

· As an opportunity to develop new approaches to pastoral ministry

· As an opportunity to consider the challenges facing church life and mission in the 21st century

· As an opportunity to make a significant contribution to the understanding and practice of ministry through the completion of a major research project

Contents level 7

Your study at level 7 will consist of 20-credit modules shared with the MTh in Applied Theology. These modules cover a wide range of subjects in theology and other disciplines relevant to ministry, as well as more practical skills-based areas. Each module begins with a short residential study programme at Spurgeon's College. In addition, specially designed Online material is provided to help you through the work for each module.

Contents level 8

The emphasis in this stage of the course is upon developing a range of research skills and engaging in critical, theological reflection upon your practice of ministry. The diagram below indicates the modules you will take. These modules are compulsory unless you have earned exemptions on the basis of prior learning. In some cases, with the permission of the Course Director, it may be possible to do Independent Study in place of Developing Ministerial Practice.

The 20-credit modules at level 8 are, in this order:

· Developing Ministerial Practice

· Literature Review

· Publishable Article (40 credits)

· Reflective Practitioner Portfolio

· Research Proposal


In term time a weekly Research Seminar is held at Spurgeon's College and you are warmly invited to attend. In addition there are two or three Research Workshops each year where you will make a short presentation about your research. Many Workshops are led by our visiting scholars Prof John Drane and Dr Derek Tidball.


For some students there may be exemptions from elements of the first two parts of the programme on the basis of previous Master’s level qualifications and practical ministerial experience, subject to agreement from our validating body, the University of Chester.

For students starting the course without any exemptions the maximum time permitted to complete the course is 7 years (normal 6 years plus a 1 year extension).

Contact details

Course leader: Rev Dr Tony Rich

Course administrator: Mrs Sally-ann Jackson

Information for international students

Spurgeon's College is a UK Border Agency Highly Trusted Sponsor of international students. We can only sponsor full-time international students.

Fees and funding

UK students
£1885 p.a.
International students
£1885 p.a.

Our fees are competitive and our courses are registered with the Student Loans company.

Visit the website for more details on funding and fees.

Qualification and course duration


distance learning
54+ months

Course contact details

Rosie Holley
020 8683 8462