Whether you’re developing social policy, running a business or are a minister of religion, this innovative part-time doctoral course will deepen your understanding of the spiritual and ethical dimensions.
This course is located in the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences. Find out more about our research.
Developed and run in partnership with the Cambridge Theological Federation, our course begins with an in-depth introduction to practical theology’s key debates, methods and thinkers.
There’s a strong emphasis on critical research and you’ll complete in-depth written projects, including a 7,000-word literature review and publishable article on an aspect of your research.
You’ll benefit from high-quality research training, as well as guidance and support from world class theologians, as you develop your research proposal and complete a 59,000-word dissertation.
There are a number of research seminar days, as well as a three-day summer school, but with an independent study commitment of 6-8 hours per week it’s possible to combine the course with a job.
Personal faith commitment isn’t necessary – and you’ll be able to tailor your research proposal to reflect your personal and/or professional interests.
Theologians from Anglia Ruskin University and the Cambridge Theological Federation will support Stage 1 of your course and we’ve supervisors available nationally to support you in your dissertation.
Using our expertise and connections in Cambridge and beyond, we nurture creativity and critical thinking to educate, entertain, inspire and understand people, as well as improving their lives.
In the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, we nurture creativity through experimentation and risk-taking, and encourage critical thinking to educate, entertain, inspire and understand people, as well as improving their lives.
In some cases extra costs known as bench fees will be charged for a postgraduate research degree. These are to cover additional/ exceptional costs directly related to a specific research project.
We charge bench fees in bands. They may apply for every year of your course. These bands are the same for full and part time students.
If you have to pay bench fees this will be made clear at your interview for a place. If have to pay bench fees this will be stated in your offer letter.
For 2018/19 the bench fee bands are:
We welcome UK and international students from many walks of life, including the various faith ministries, industry and business, government and public services. You’ll be able to research the aspects of practical theology most relevant to your life, vocation or profession and will gain practical theological knowledge, along with the skills to apply it.
You’ll normally need a Masters degree in a related subject, plus appropriate professional experience that will allow you to successfully complete the programme. If you do not have a Masters degree, we may still consider you for admission to the Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Research with the possibility of subsequent progression to the Professional Masters or Professional Doctorate provided you have at least a 2:1 honours degree (or equivalent) and appropriate research and professional experience.
We’ll carefully evaluate your academic and professional background and, where appropriate, invite you for interview.
We welcome applications from international and EU students, and accept a range of international qualifications.
If English is not your first language, you'll need to make sure you meet our English language requirements for postgraduate courses.
If you don't meet our English language requirements, we offer a range of courses which could help you achieve the level required for entry.
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