The course begins with the module Connecting Theology, Religion and Practice, in which you combine the study of practical theology methods and approaches with two other academic areas in theology or religion, and reflect upon your own practice in the light of that study. You undertake supervised research and practical projects based on topics you are interested in, negotiated with the programme team. The outcomes of these include publishable academic writing and innovative practice in the field. You are expected to have well-developed skills in independent learning and research. There is supervision and support from tutors, however the aim of the course is to enable you to reflect on and research your own professional or ministerial interests in the context of your practice.
You are strongly encouraged to attend the Annual Study Day in Winchester, normally held in June, which allows you to meet other students on the course. The Study Day is an optional non-credit-bearing two-day residential seminar, the remainder of which is shared with other postgraduate research students in the Department of Theology, Religion and Philosophy. You are also encouraged, if your circumstances allow, to get involved in other Department and University events such as the Department’s regular research seminar programme.
Employers in many professional fields recognise a doctoral qualification as an indicator of high-quality performance and the capacity for leadership in the field. It may therefore lead to opportunities for promotion and access to senior positions.
ABOUT THIS COURSE
Teaching takes place
The majority of group sessions in the early stages of the programme are held during Saturdays and evenings.
Distance learning only
The course is offered as distance learning; however, you may have face-to-face individual supervisions at Winchester if you prefer.
For more information about our regulations for this course, please see our Academic Regulations, Policies and Procedures.
Normally a Masters degree in Theology or a related discipline and active engagement in a relevant context of professional practice. Please consult the Postgraduate Research Programmes Admissions Policy and the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) Policy.
If English is not your first language: IELTS 6.5 (including 6.5 in academic writing) or equivalent.
Course enquiries and applications
Telephone +44 (0)1962 827234
If you are living outside of the UK or Europe, you can find out more about how to join this course by emailing our International Recruitment Team at International@winchester.ac.uk or calling +44 (0)1962 827023
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|Connecting Theology, Religion and Practice|
|Practical Project and Critical Evaluation|
|Thesis/Professional Research Module|
Please note the modules listed are correct at the time of publishing, for full-time students entering the programme in Year 1. Optional modules are listed where applicable. Please note the University cannot guarantee the availability of all modules listed and modules may be subject to change. For further information please refer to the terms and conditions at www.winchester.ac.uk/termsandconditions.
The University will notify applicants of any changes made to the core modules listed above.
COURSE TUITION FEES
UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man
If you are a UK or EU student starting your professional doctorate in 2018/19, the fees are £2,500 per year (part-time only) for the pre-thesis stage of the doctorate. The annual fee for the thesis stage is £2,000 (part-time only). The doctorate is expected to be completed in 5-7 years part-time, therefore the total costs are indicative.
Pre-thesis (2 years): £2,500 p/a
Thesis (3-5 years): £2,000 p/a
Total Cost: £13,000 (6 years)
Key course details
- Up to 7 years part-time only
- Distance learning