Doctoral culture

We have a vibrant postgraduate research community. Postgraduate students are supported by expert teams of supervisors as well as by a dedicated Research Degrees Convenor. Each postgraduate student is offered teaching opportunities through our peer-observation scheme, supporting undergraduate dissertation students, and our in-house SEDA-accredited training for teaching, the completion of which leads to an Associate Fellowship of the HEA.

You can find out more about the research degrees we offer at Roehampton, how to apply and how we can support you during the application process here.

To foster a strong sense of community among our postgraduates, and to give them greater experience of research dissemination, we have instigated a number of initiatives, which include: 

  • Special research days.
  • A dedicated annual Postgraduate Conference to provide an opportunity to share research in a collegial and supportive environment.
  • Regular meetings in which students and staff can discuss any issues that emerge from their work, be they intellectual, personal or practical.

Our doctoral students come from a wide range of backgrounds, with a particular focus on areas concerned with contemporary Catholic theology and life, and Pentecostal church and mission. We also offer a creative professional doctorate in Practical Theology (DTh), working closely with the Church Mission Society (, ), in which student researchers are enabled to integrate faith / religious practice and doctoral level scholarship. Research students – both PhD and DTh – are encouraged to participate in the regular seminars of the Research Group in Theology, Religion and Practice, where they frequently offer papers on their research. DTh students enjoy research seminars involving both mission research groups working with the Church Mission Society, and with practical theological research networks in Scandinavia, as occasional student research colloquia are organised. Our research students take an active role in professional organisations such as the British and Irish Association for Practical Theology (, the Ecclesiology and Ethnography Network (, and the Society for the Study of Theology (, and regularly publish in peer review journals.

Examples of student projects

Monica McArdle (PhD student) Word Made Flesh: somatic awareness in lectio divina as an embodied practice for contemporary Catholic mission. 
David Childs (DTh student) The Double Disenfranchisement of Perinatal Loss: Challenging the Silencing of Christian Women’s Theological Voices 
Pippa Ross-McCabe (DTh student) In search of Wisdom: The teaching of Theological Reflection in Church of England ministry training institutions. 
Andrew Dunlop (PhD student) New contextual churches as catalysts for change in theology and practice in a ‘mixed-economy’ setting. 
Moses Owusu-Sekyere (PhD student) Pentecostal Theological Learning and Hermeneutics: A Study of African Pentecostals in the UK 

You can find out more about our students' research here.