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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.


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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.

Further information

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

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International students

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 or calling +44 (0)1962 827023

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Course structure

Modules Credits

Thesis/Professional Research Module
Research Proposal
Research Project
Practical Project and Critical Evaluation
Connecting Theology, Religion and Practice

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
The University will notify applicants of any changes made to the core modules listed above.


The fee structure for professional doctorates has been simplified and aligned to the research doctorate fee structure for 2018/19.  The previous fee distinction between the thesis and the taught element of the doctorate has been maintained for all but the Doctorate of Education (EdD) to reflect the higher cost of delivering the pre-thesis stage.  The EdD has been calculated as a flat rate fee to allow for the 2 to 3 years nature of the pre-thesis stage and on reflection that the majority of the students complete the full doctorate.

All the below in table 6a are studied part-time and the fees are the same for home/EU or non-EU students, reflecting that a part-time non-EU student is unlikely to attend if they have not already been granted the right to study in the UK.  Thus there is a negligible increase in cost for administering either home/EU or non-EU students.

The doctorate is to be completed in a maximum of 7 years.


Year 1| £2,500

Year 2| £2,500


Year 3| £2,000

Year 4| £2,000

Year 5| £2,000

Year 6| £2,000

Total cost: £13,000

Key course details

Up to 7 years part-time only
Distance learning