Practical Theology (DTh)

Postgraduate Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences

An experience like no other. A part-time professional doctorate programme which will enhance the evaluative and reflective skills required to go further in your career.

Practical Theology (DTh)

Stage 1 (taught): 2 years part time
Stage 2 (research): 3-4+ years part time

Start date

September 2024


Degree Type



Year 1:

Advanced Questions in PRactical Theology 

Research Design 1: Literature Review and Research Questions

Year 2:

Publishable Article 

Research Design: Methodology and Research Proposal 


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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.

Whilst the programme works largely within Christian paradigms of practical theology, the programme is open to researchers from a diversity of faith backgrounds where staff are equipped to teach and supervise. 

How you'll learn

A course that works for you.

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.

It is expected that students will commit, on (calendar year) average, around 15-20 hrs per week to their doctoral research.

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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.

Career options

A career with meaning awaits.

The DTh professional doctorate is intended to enable existing professionals working in church ministry, mission, education, development or the para-church sector to move into senior or national positions within visionary research-led organisations.

You could work in roles such as:

  • Pastoral Councillor
  • Chaplain
  • Theological Educator
  • Community Outreach Coordinator
  • Spiritual Director
  • Worship Leader
  • Nonprofit Programme Director
  • Church Administrator
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Our careers team is available to support you from the start of your studies until after you graduate. We will help you build your CV, prepare for interviews, and meet and learn from successful graduates working at the top of their careers.

Application Info

How to apply

Postgraduate programmes

If you need any help or advice with your application, or just want to ask us a question before you apply, please do not hesitate to contact us.

International students
Please note that most international applicants have to pay a deposit before securing their place.

  • See our Finance pages for more details

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Tuition fees and funding

September 2024 entry tuition fees

Please note that this programme is only available part-time. See links in table below for more information.

UK EU and International
£3,470 TBC

The Susanna Wesley Foundation DTh Scholarship

The Susanna Wesley Foundation (SWF) is a community of scholars and practitioners based at the University of Roehampton. SWF promotes dialogue, supports research, and creates resources in order to equip churches and those who work in them, with the intention of facilitating transformative change. It is a project of the Southlands Methodist Trust.

The Foundation is pleased to offer one scholarship each year to an individual seeking to study for their Professional Doctorate in Practical Theology – the DTh – at the University of Roehampton. The scholarship will cover the part-time tuition fees (at the UK level) for (normally) up to five years, subject to satisfactory progress evidenced in an annual review. As well as active participation in the research community within the School of Humanities and Social Sciences (including attending the Practical Theology Seminars), we also expect award holders to attend and participate in the annual conference of the Susanna Wesley Foundation. The scholarship will include travel expenses to attend the conference. 

The Foundation particularly encourage applications from those whose proposed research aligns with any of the following themes:

  • Well-being and mental health
  • Systemic change
  • Access, inclusion and opportunity
  • Issues around sustainability

While the scholarship is open to all, applications are particularly welcomed from Black and Global Majority candidates.

Successful candidates will (normally) hold a merit or distinction in their MA dissertation.

To apply, please download and complete SWF’s Grant Proposal Form. As part of the application, we require the submission of a writing sample of around 5000 words which can be drawn from your MA coursework or dissertation.

The deadline for applications is the end of June. Candidates will normally be notified of the decision in early July. Please direct enquires to the convener of the DTh programme, Dr Ashley Cocksworth (

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Our Research

To read about the research carried out by theology academics in Roehampton's School of Humanities and Social Sciences, please visit the departmental research pages.

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