Research course

Practical Theology Doctorate

University of Birmingham · Department of Theology and Religion

Entry requirements

Normally a good 2:1 degree in a relevant discipline is required for entry. We are looking for candidates who show the potential for doctoral level study in their applications and can reflect on their own practice.

We welcome applications from:

  • Public sector professionals in health, education and social services
  • Active members of caring professions such as psychotherapy, counselling, nursing, social work, community development
  • Those involved in religious ministry in parish, congregational, or chaplaincy settings
  • People working in charities, non-governmental organisations, in the cultural industries, or in the arts
  • Those involved in industry or business wishing to deepen their understanding of the ethical and theological dimensions of their practice

Months of entry


Course content

Are you looking to use your professional, voluntary or ministerial practice as the foundation for your research? Our Practical Theology Doctorate (DPT) provides an ideal opportunity for practitioners in a wide variety of settings to work with peers from similar and different contexts to gain a practice-based and relevant research degree.

The DPT is suitable for anyone actively involved in professional or substantial voluntary work across a range of contexts and institutions, who want to examine the implications of action guiding beliefs, values, and ideologies (‘theologies’) for their practices, and vice versa. A variety of social science and other methodologies can be used to research practice and contexts.

Information for international students

IELTS 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in any band.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • DPT
    part time
    60-72 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Dr Amy Daughton