Research course

Practical Theology

University of Roehampton · School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Entry requirements

You should usually hold a second-class honours degree (certain programmes may require a 2:1) from a recognised British or overseas university.

Months of entry


Course content

On our PhD (prof) Practical Theology (Dth), our priority is ensuring that you graduate with a professional skillset. This incorporates;

  • Allowing students to continue in professional roles and / or to research an area of importance in a relevant practical context.
  • DTh students are part-time, integrating their study and research with a wide variety of professional and practical contexts – in voluntary organisations and faith sector work, in lay work and ministry, in social justice movements and education.
  • Focusing on using research to develop theological practice, to the mutual enrichment of both academic theology and faith practice.

Research strengths of those involved in the delivery of the DTh programme include empirical, pastoral, systematic and public theology across a range of UK and global church traditions and mission contexts, including Roman Catholic, Anglican, Baptist and Pentecostal. We also have a particular strength in Black Majority Churches.

This programme will help those already engaged in professional contexts relevant to Christian theology to develop the advanced research, evaluative and reflective skills necessary to further their professional and career profile, and contribute form their practice to wider theological discourse. Students will prepare for more senior level, national or international roles, as leaders, advisers or consultants in faith-practice and ministry. As a practitioner of Practical Theology, this course will encourage you to reflect technically and theologically on your practice, and on the application of scholarship and research to a range of faith, ecclesial and missiological contexts.

In order to develop your research skills, the programme will provide you with extensive knowledge and understanding of areas of Practical Theology and the critical methods practised at the forefront of the discipline. Students be enabled to reflect on these research methods in looking at their own practice, researching this both empirically (where appropriate) and from theological discourses, producing findings that satisfy peer scrutiny and are deemed to be of publishable quality, making an original contribution to knowledge.

Information for international students

International students | University of Roehampton, London

Fees and funding

Financial support – postgraduate students (UK) | University of Roehampton, London

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • DTh
    part time
    48-60 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions
+44 (0)20 8392 3232