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
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|Methods and Approaches in Practical Theology||30|
This module is designed to enable you to develop an advanced and critical knowledge of appropriate methodologies for study and research in the field of practical theology. You will study a range of models of practical theology and approaches to theological reflection found in the current research literature. You will draw on these models and approaches, and make use of tools such as reflective journals, to write a critical theologically reflective paper on some aspect of your own context and practice.
This module is designed to help you reflect on the nature of your chosen discipline(s), to identify particular methods and skills relevant to your disciple from a wide range of methods and skills, and to develop those skills and to begin your implementation in a significant and agreed topic of research.
|Practical Project and Critical Evaluation||60|
In consultation with the Module Leader and tutorial team, you will prepare a proposal for a focused piece of innovative practice in relation to your own context and field of work. You will design and implement this practice under the supervision of a member of the tutorial team. The project may be, but is not required to be, a pilot for a practice-based thesis project.
In consultation with the Module Leader and tutorial team, you will prepare a proposal for an original research project related to your own context and field of work. You will conduct your research under the supervision of a member of the tutorial team, and write it up as an article suitable for publication in a peer-reviewed academic journal. You will also be expected to present your research orally or in writing to your academic peers and/or fellow practitioners. The project may be, but is not required to be, a pilot for a research-based thesis project.
In consultation with a member of the tutorial team, you will prepare a critical literature survey and Form C for Professional Doctorates and Form B (Ethics).
|Thesis/Professional Research Module||300|
In consultation with a proposed supervisory team, you will submit a proposal for the thesis to RDQC. Approval by RDQC registers the thesis title. You will plan, develop and implement, an original research project, reflecting on an aspect of your practice and experience, which demonstrates doctoral level understanding as identified by FHEQ. The progress of the project will be monitored by RDQC in line with the regulations for professional doctorates.
|Thesis: practice-based [Professional Research Module]||300|
In consultation with a proposed supervisory team, you will submit a proposal for the project to RDQC. Approval by RDQC registers the project title. You will plan, develop and implement a substantial piece of innovative practice in your professional field, and will prepare an extended report, reflecting on and critically evaluating that practice. The practice and report taken together will be expected to demonstrate doctoral level understanding as identified by FHEQ. The progress of the project will be monitored by RDQC in line with the regulations for professional doctorates.
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.
Progression from one level of the programme to the next is subject to meeting the University’s academic regulations.
2019 COURSE TUITION FEES*
UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man
If you are a UK or EU student starting your professional doctorate in 2020/21, the fees are £2,200 per year (part-time only) for the pre-thesis stage of the doctorate. The annual fee for the thesis stage is £2,200 (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): £2,200 p/a
Thesis (3-5 years): £2,200 p/a
Total Cost: £13,200 (6 years)
Pre-thesis (2 years): £6,750 p/a
Thesis (3-5 years): £6,750 p/a
Total Cost (6 years): £40,500
Key course details
- Up to 7 years part-time only
- Distance learning