Research course

DProf in Practical Theology

University of Chester · Department of Theology and Religious Studies

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Entry requirements

A Master’s degree in Theology and Religious Studies or related discipline is required. Candidates not possessing a Master’s degree should have a 1st class or 2:1 honours Bachelor’s degree and give evidence of prior learning or experience equivalent to Master’s-level study. Applicants not meeting these requirements are considered on a case-by-case basis.

Months of entry


Course content

Course overiview

The DProf in Practical Theology offers you the opportunity to pursue research while remaining rooted in your professional or organisational context.

The DProf is designed to enable you to deepen your understanding of the ethical and theological dimensions of your own professional or organisational context.

This is a practice-based research degree aimed at candidates from a range of backgrounds, including:

  • Ministers of religion in parish, congregational or chaplaincy settings
  • Public sector organisations such as education, health care and social services
  • Police and legal professions
  • Those in the caring professions, such as psychotherapy and counselling or social work
  • Sport, media and cultural industries or the arts
  • Charities, campaign groups and other non-governmental organisations
  • Leaders of faith communities
  • Those in business, enterprise or industry.

Why study DProf in Practical Theology with us?

Theology and Religious Studies at Chester is an internationally renowned centre of excellence for Practical and Contextual Theology, with a longstanding track record of expertise in teaching, research and supervision at the interface of higher education and the faith communities.

From its foundation as a teacher training college in 1839, the University of Chester has placed a premium on work-related study and vocational training. With the establishment of professional doctorates across the University, beginning with the DProf in Practical Theology in 2009, we continue to be committed to supporting students undertaking practice- and work-based research.

The course location is Parkgate Road Campus, Chester; plus residentials at Gladstone’s Library, Hawarden.

How will I be taught?

Our DProf course is delivered via a mixture of independent study, one-to-one supervision and three (24-hour) residential research training events per year, plus an annual 48-hour summer school.

You will also have access to specially-designed resources on Moodle, our comprehensive online learning environment.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment takes place via submission of a modular research portfolio, with structured written assignments and deadlines.

We recommend that candidates should commit to a minimum of eight to ten hours’ study per week on a regular basis throughout the academic year.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • DProf
    full time
    36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    60-84 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Department of Theology and Religious Studies