University of Chester

Programme Specification
Doctor of Ministry DMin
2017 - 2018

Doctor of Ministry

Doctor of Ministry

DMin (Spurgeon's)

University of Chester

Spurgeon's College, London

Spurgeon's College, London

Professional Doctorate

Part-time

Distance, Residential and Open, Work-Based inc.(practice / placement)

Six years part-time

7 Years

Biannual - February - September

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17a. Faculty

17b. Department

Arts and Humanities Theology & Religious Studies

Theology and Religious Studies

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Theology and Religious Studies Module Assessment Board

Thursday 1st April 2010

The aim of the DMin course is to develop reflective practitioners who will engage in critical, theological reflection upon the practice of Christian ministry, which is understood in its broadest sense. The programme encourages students to explore various theological disciplines, to develop various practical skills and to develop habits of theological reflection which integrate theory with practice. It culminates in a major research project arising from some aspect of the student’s own ministerial practice and experience. For this reason the course is only offered on a part-time basis. 

In particular, the Programme aims to:      

  • attract students who are practitioners of some form of Christian ministry in order to allow them to develop and expand their range of theological knowledge, understanding and skills in ways that will inform their practice;·     
  • enable students to undertake a research project, related to the practice of ministry, that will make a substantial original contribution to knowledge and understanding within that area of study;·     
  • provide students with a range of learning experiences that are supported by a variety of teaching approaches and delivered in a supportive learning environment;·     
  • offer to students the opportunity to explore and reflect critically upon theological studies with particular regard to the richness of Christian practice and expression;·     
  • enable students to draw on a variety of theological and other academic disciplines and discourses in order to reflect critically and constructively on their practice;·     
  • use the research interests of staff to inform and enhance the students' learning experience;·     
  • promote the development of key transferable skills that will assist students in their career options;·     
  • enable students to become competent in a range of research methodologies that can be used to reflect on the practice of ministry

Level 7 students should be able to demonstrate:

A systematic understanding and a critical awareness of theological and other academic disciplines and a comprehensive understanding of techniques applicable to their own research such as research methodologies and models of theological reflection (e.g. TH7124, TH7125, TH7126, TH7128).

 

Level 8 students should be able to demonstrate:

The creation and interpretation of new knowledge, through original research or other advanced scholarship, of a quality to satisfy peer review, extend the forefront of the discipline, and merit publication (e.g. TH8009, TH8013).

A systematic acquisition and understanding of a substantial body of knowledge which is at the forefront of an academic discipline area of professional practice (e.g. TH8007, TH8008, TH8012). 

Level 7 students should be able to:

Evaluate critically current research in aspects of Christian ministry such as mission, chaplaincy, leadership and preaching and apply that knowledge with originality ministerial practice (e.g. TH7125, TH7127, TH7128, TH7132).

 

Level 8 students should be able to demonstrate:

The general ability to conceptualise, design and implement a project for the generation of new knowledge, applications or understanding at the forefront of the discipline, and to adjust the project design in the light of unforeseen problems (e.g. TH8009, TH8013).

Level 7 students should be able to demonstrate:

Critical skills necessary to develop and expand their range of theological knowledge, understanding and skills in ways that will inform their practice and will enable critical self-reflection on the practice of Christian ministry (e.g. TH7125, TH7137).

 

Level 8 students should be able to demonstrate:

A detailed understanding of applicable techniques for research and advanced enquiry (e.g. TH8008, TH8009, TH8011).

Continue to undertake pure and/or applied research and development at an advanced level, contributing substantially to the development of new techniques, ideas or approaches (e.g. TH8010)

Level 7 students should be able to:

Deal with complex issues both systematically and creatively, make sound judgments in the absence of complete data, and communicate their conclusions to specialist and non-specialist audiences (e.g. TH7126, TH7127, TH7128, TH7132, TH7133).

 

Level 8 students should be able to demonstrate:

Make informed judgments on complex issues in specialist fields, often in the absence of complete data, and be able to communicate their ideas and conclusions clearly and effectively to specialist and non-specialist audiences (e.g. TH8009, TH8010, TH8013).

The programme consists of three phases:

Level 7 - Research preparation & Reflection on the practice of ministry

Level 8 - Researching the practice of ministry

Level 8 - Thesis 

A part-time student with a relevant master’s degree and appropriate professional experience who makes a successful credit claim for the Level 7 modules would be eligible for exemption from these modules. Such students would then be expected to complete the Level 8 modules in 18 months and to complete the Level 8 DMin thesis within the following four years.

Part-time students commencing the course without exemptions at Level 7 will normally require six years (maximum seven years) to complete the Doctor of Ministry programme.

Research Preparation & Reflection on the Practice of Ministry 

Where students do not have a relevant master’s degree or postgraduate diploma and sufficient professional experience for exemptions at level 7, they undertake three compulsory 20 credit modules plus a further three optional 20 credit modules. All of the modules taken require students to engage in critical theological reflection upon their own professional practice. These modules offer students resources for enhancing their reflection on practice through a critical engagement with a range of theological subjects and other disciplines relevant to Christian ministry.  

Each module is introduced by a short residential study programme at Spurgeon's College, and specially designed open learning materials help support students’ independent study during each module. Work for each assignment, and reflection on the detailed feedback provided on each assignment, contribute to students’ research training, helping them develop the range of research skills required in the DMin Thesis. 

Students are required to complete a Researcher Development Framework upon commencement of study and review it at regular intervals thereafter.

Level 7 Compulsory modules (3 x 20 credits)

TH7124          Theological Reflection

Conscious of the diversity of approaches to theological reflection, the module examines biblical and theological foundations for the practice of theological reflection. It considers both the nature of theological reflection, and resources needed for effective reflection. The module examines a number of reflection models, evaluating their relevance within the context of Christian ministry, and encourages students to become ‘reflective practitioners’.

TH7125          Ministry & Mission in Contemporary Society

The module explores some biblical and theological foundations for a holistic understanding of mission. It examines ways in which the Church’s understanding of mission has developed, and considers some contemporary approaches. It explores the dynamic interaction between the Christian Gospel and culture, and considers the implication of this for mission in various contexts.

TH7126          Research Methods

The module considers a variety of research skills required by postgraduate study in theology. It examines and critically evaluates a range of research methods currently being employed in different theological disciplines. Students will consider a variety of qualitative and quantitative research methods, paying particular attention to issues relating to data gathering, recording and analysis.  


Level 7 Optional modules (3 x 20 credits)

Three modules are chosen from the following list, which provides a sample of the Level 7 modules currently available.

TH7127 Chaplaincy

This module provides an opportunity for experiential learning, whereby students reflect upon the experience of working in a supervised placement alongside an experienced chaplain. Students will normally spend the equivalent of a day a week, during one semester, working under supervision within an established chaplaincy team.

TH7128 Christian Leadership

This module is concerned with Christian Leadership in general, with emphasis on leadership in a local church setting. Eight themes are explored in the module: Leadership and Theology; Spirituality; Vision; Team; Culture; Motivation; Change and Mentoring.

TH7129 Christian Spirituality

The module explores different areas of spiritual practice. Each area will be considered from the stand-point of current thought and practice and where appropriate from traditional teachings of the various streams of the church. Participants will consider the process of spiritual growth including the understanding of this in the evangelical, catholic and orthodox traditions. The characteristics of ‘desert experiences’ and their place in the spiritual life will be explored. Participants examine the practice of spiritual direction and its role in the local church, including the place of discernment. Social and emotional influences on spirituality will be considered, including the role of personality and its influence on styles of spirituality.

TH7130 Contemporary Theologies of Mission

The module critically examines biblical foundations for a theology of mission, and assesses the development of mission paradigms during the history of the Christian church. It considers various trends in mission thinking in the post-war period and explores the rapid growth of the church in the Global South, engaging critically with the insights of selected theologians from the Two Thirds World. These developments are evaluated in the context of mission history. The module explores missiological issues relating to Christianity’s relationship with people of other faiths.  

TH7131 Ethics and the Christian Community

The module explores the distinctive nature of Christian ethics and some of the issues confronting and challenging the contemporary church, placing this discussion in an explicitly theological context. The module offers resources which encourage reflection upon the theological appropriateness of various ethical responses to specific issues arising within the specific Christian community where they are engaged in ministry.

TH7132 Preaching – Theology and Practice

The module explores different approaches to the preaching task and considers some of the theological foundations for the practice of preaching. Reflection upon the nature of preaching identifies resources for responding to some of the current criticisms of the practice of preaching. The module introduces students to recent developments in the theory and practice of preaching, especially the inductive, narrative and form-sensitive approaches which are often described as the ‘new homiletic’. It also considers some key issues in contemporary hermeneutics which affect the ways in which Scripture is used within preaching.

TH7133 The Gospel and Film

The module provides a critical introduction to contemporary film studies. It examines and evaluates different ways in which theologians are seeking to understand films both as revelatory and as objects for Christian critique and engagement. It thus provides an opportunity to examine selected films in depth, with a view to exploring their potential in the engagement with theology and the gospel. The module encourages a critical discussion of the way in which film may inform the art of Christian communication. It also explores practical ways in which films, or extracts from them, may be incorporated in Christian communication.

TH7134 Historical roots of contemporary preaching

The module examines approaches used by some influential preachers from at various stages of church history. It discusses ways of preaching and theoretical conceptions of the task from significant periods of church history. The module also seeks to compare the role of preaching within different contemporary denominational traditions. Having provided this historical framework, the module offers students an opportunity to investigate in depth how a preacher or movement from the past, or knowledge of a particular denomination’s tradition (one’s own or another) in the present, may helpfully enrich one’s own practice of preaching today.

TH7135 Interpreting biblical narrative for preaching.

The module provides an introduction to the field of narrative studies and the tools of narrative criticism, demonstrating their applicability to the work of interpreting the Bible. In addition an exploration of narrative theology offers a foundation for critically evaluating its relevance to preaching. The module discusses some representative biblical texts in the light of narrative criticism and narrative theology. It provides an opportunity to study a short narrative book (e.g. Ruth, Jonah) or series of texts (e.g. the parables of Jesus) in depth, with a view to developing creative and appropriate approaches to preaching on them.

TH7136 Narrative Structures for Preaching

The module offers a critical examination of the rationales offered for narrative preaching and the critiques that have been made of it. It discusses the variety of narrative patterns that have been advocated and adopted for preaching by a range of preachers and writers in recent years. The module encourages critical reflection on a range of narrative sermons which illustrate different approaches to narrative preaching. It provides students with an opportunity for a creative exploration of the potential for the use of narrative approaches to preaching within the student’s professional context.

TH7137 Preaching in Contemporary Worship and Mission

This module provides a theological overview of the place of preaching within corporate worship. It offers a critical examination of contemporary trends in thinking about mission, including but not limited to those associated with the ‘emerging Church’ movement. This provides a basis for a discussion of how these trends affect the conception and practice of corporate worship and therefore the traditional conception and practice of preaching. The module engages in a critical evaluation of the way in which cross-cultural mission and worship affects the role and task of the preacher. It explores specific ways in which the practice of preaching in the student’s own church may be enriched and adjusted in the light of a renewed understanding of both worship and mission.

TH7138 Preaching – Personal & Corporate Aspects

The module provides an overview of theological reasons for the importance of considering the personal and corporate dimensions of preaching. This provides a basis for an exploration of the relevance of tools, such as the Myers-Briggs Personality Type Indicator, as aids to understanding the personal dimensions of preaching and listening. It includes an examination of the significance of gender in preaching and listening to sermons. The module encourages a critical survey of different forms of co-operation between preacher and listeners. It provides students with an opportunity to explore creative possibilities for developing their relationship, as preachers, with the congregation.

TH7139 The Gospel and Contemporary Thought and Culture

The module examines the concept of a shift from ‘modern’ to ‘postmodern’ ways of thinking, the critique that the latter offer to the former, and what they do (and do not) put in its place. It engages in an analysis of key trends in contemporary Western cultures, and provides students with an opportunity to consider the work of a recent or contemporary secular thinker in depth. The module also offers the opportunity to consider a representative figure or product of a specific contemporary cultural form in depth, e.g. in the field of film, literature, music or visual art. It considers principles upon which the gospel may be related to secular thought and examines some specific theological responses to current trends. The module engages in critical reflection upon the relationship of Christ/the church and culture and of some specific Christian responses to current cultural trends. The module explores the implications of these issues both for homiletics and for other forms of Christian communication. 

TH7141 Contemporary Issues in Theology

The module focuses on three contemporary challenges to orthodox Christian belief – atheism, pluralism and changing notions of truth - seeking to deepen an understanding of their origins within a wider historical and cultural context. Particular attention is given to the rise of the so-called ‘new atheism’, contrasting this with older forms of atheism. The social reality and theological challenge presented by religious pluralism is also critically examined. Differing theological responses to these issues are considered and their practical relevance for the life of local churches is explored.

TH7140 Master of Ministry Dissertation

The MMin dissertation provides an opportunity for students to explore a topic of their choice within the field of practical theology. The dissertation will be the result of the student's own research, and will provide evidence of a person's independent, analytical, evaluative and creative abilities. Before commencing work on the MMin Dissertation students will normally complete Module TH7126 Research Methods. The dissertation will demonstrate the student’s ability to engage in critical, theological reflection upon the practice of Christian ministry.

The interim award of MMin and MProf

The MMin. is not a target award but is available for students achieving at least 180 credits at level 7 & 8 or at level 8 on the programme but not continuing for the D.Min award. For example: students who successfully complete 6 x 20 credit modules at Stage 1a) can be awarded the MMin if they also complete a 15,000 word (60 credits) MMin Dissertation (Module TH7140).

The MProf is not a target award but will be awarded to students who exit having achieved 180 credits at levels 7 and/or 8.

Level 8 - Research & research training / Researching the practice of ministry

Students granted exemptions from Level 7 modules on the basis of a relevant master’s degree or postgraduate diploma and updated professional experience can begin at this point. Additional research training is provided through the DMin Research Workshops and the Online Forums.

TH8007 Developing Ministerial Practice

This module explores an area of ministerial practice chosen by the student. Students wishing to develop a specialism in the area of preaching, for example, may choose to use materials from module TH7132 as an introduction to the subject. Students would be expected to engage in independent, critical and theological reflection upon current debates within homiletics and then explore the relevance of current trends in homiletics for the practice of preaching within their own context.   

Where students are aware that their previous studies have not addressed certain areas of theologically study which are likely to prove fundamental to their proposed research project, they may be permitted to substitute Module TH8012 Independent Theological Study for Module TH8007.

TH8008  Literature Review DMin

In this module students demonstrate their competence in gathering evidence related to their chosen areas of study by conducting literature searches, and drawing upon online resources such as academic databases. Students are required to engage critically with key texts within their chosen area of study. They engage in reflection on the ways in which a literature review functions within advanced research practice. 

TH8009  Publishable Article DMin  

This module focuses upon the elements involved in producing a ‘publishable’ piece of work, which provides an original contribution to thinking about the practice of ministry. Students engage in a process of independent research in order to produce a publishable article or research report. The article will demonstrate the student’s ability to engage in self-directed research, to reflect critically and theologically upon their findings, and to write in a clear and convincing way in accordance with standard scholarly conventions. 

TH8010  Reflective Practitioner Portfolio

This module involves producing a portfolio which collects evidence of the student’s professional development activities. This collection of evidence serves as a resource for ongoing personal and professional development.  

TH8011  Research Proposal DMin

This module considers various methods of study and research available to students working in the field of practical theology; and enables students to produce coherent and viable research proposals for Doctoral dissertations.  

TH8012 Independent Theological Study

This independent study module contributes to the student’s research training by providing an opportunity for detailed study of a particular theological or biblical topic. Having agreed the general scope of the topic with a subject specialist, students engage in independent, critical research into their chosen topic, which explores its relevance to their proposed research topic.

Stage 2  After an Advisory and Review Board confirming the supervision arrangements, students undertake the final component of the course.

TH8013 Doctorate of Ministry Dissertation

This 50,000 – 60,000 word thesis presents the candidates’ research as a contribution to the discipline of Practical Theology, as a critical evaluation of the contribution which this research makes to their context of professional practice, and as a critical account and analysis of the intellectual and professional development of the candidate during the research. It is defended at a viva voce.

Mod-Code Level Title Credit Single
TH7124 7 Theological Reflection 20 Comp
TH7125 7 Ministry & Mission in Contemporary Society 20 Comp
TH7126 7 Research Methods 20 Comp
TH7127 7 Chaplaincy 20 Optional
TH7128 7 Christian Leadership 20 Optional
TH7129 7 Christian Spirituality 20 Optional
TH7130 7 Contemporary Theologies of Mission 20 Optional
TH7131 7 Ethics and the Christian Community 20 Optional
TH7132 7 Preaching – Theology and Practice 20 Optional
TH7133 7 The Gospel and Film 20 Optional
TH7134 7 Historical roots of contemporary preaching 20 Optional
TH7135 7 Interpreting biblical narrative for preaching. 20 Optional
TH7136 7 Narrative Structures for Preaching 20 Optional
TH7137 7 Preaching in Contemporary Worship and Mission 20 Optional
TH7138 7 Preaching – Personal & Corporate Aspects 20 Optional
TH7139 7 The Gospel and Contemporary Thought and Culture 20 Optional
TH7140 7 Master of Ministry Dissertation 60 N/A
TH7141 7 Contemporary Issues in Theology 20 Optional
TH8007 8 Developing Ministerial Practice 20 Optional
TH8008 8 Literature Review (DMin) 20 Comp
TH8009 8 Publishable Article DMin 40 Comp
TH8010 8 Reflective Practitioner Portfolio 20 Comp
TH8011 8 Research Proposal DMin 20 Comp
TH8012 8 Independent Theological Study 20 Optional
TH8013 8 Doctorate of Ministry Dissertation 300 Comp

The overall award is made up of 540 credits.
120 credits are at level 7 achieved through modules focusing upon reflection on the practice of ministry and research preparation or, alternatively students may make a claim for exemption from Level 7 based on credit for a relevant master’s degree or postgraduate diploma and updated professional experience.
120 credits are designated modular components at level 8.
300 credits are for a thesis defended at an oral assessment (viva voce) (level 8).

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Qualifications for entry to the course will conform to the appropriate regulations of the University of Chester. Candidates will have held a position of responsibility relevant to the course for a minimum of two years and they will have completed a course of training preparing them for that responsibility. This qualification will normally be an upper second class honours degree in theology or in a related discipline. However, the typical level of admission will be students who have already achieved a Master’s degree in theology or a related discipline. 

In certain circumstances the College’s Admissions Committee may consider candidates who can demonstrate that they have the appropriate background of learning and/or experience to enable them to follow the course successfully.  

As the course concentrates upon research and reflection on the practice of ministry, students will normally continue to be involved in some form of Christian ministry throughout the course. 

All applicants will be interviewed.

Students whose first language is not English will need to demonstrate their competence through an IELTS average mark of 7.00; with at least 7.00 being awarded for written English.

The Theology and Religious Studies Benchmark Statement, published by the QAA in 2000 and revised in 2007 and 2014, details the range of subject knowledge (TRS Benchmark 3.1), the qualities of mind (3.2), and generic skills acquired and developed in TRS degree programmes. Appendix A of the subject Benchmark Statement states that a Master’s degree in theology and religious studies is awarded to students who have demonstrated these Graduate standards as well as the more specific standards set out for Master’s programmes. Level 7 modules on the DMin Doctor of Ministry build on and extend the benchmarks developed in undergraduate theology degree programmes, and are in line with the current Master’s draft benchmarks.

 

At Level 7 part 1 the programme equips students with “an expanded range of research and study tools” (A4.3) in the compulsory modules TH7124 and TH7126 where students learn the models of theological reflection and research skills needed to engage in advanced independent research and which are developed in remaining compulsory module TH7125 and a range of optional modules. Students cultivate appropriate knowledge of research methods and ethical research (A4.2, A6.1) and are required to demonstrate an advanced ability to use primary and secondary sources. Optional modules enable students to extend these skills allowing for broadness of scope in terms of disciplines, theories and aspects of Christian ministry. The exploration of these aspects of Christian ministry (developed in modules such as TH7125, TH7128, TH7132) encourage students to integrate theoretical literature with practice (A6.1) and to reflect critically on their own practice. Independence and originality of research is encouraged as students work towards research based modules at Level 8 part 1 and the doctoral thesis at Level 8 part 2. The delivery methods for modules at Level 7 and Level 8 allows students to expand their skills in self-directed learning and to show an advanced ability to source material, think independently, and critically engage with and reflect upon aspects of Christian ministry.

 

There are no subject benchmark statements to which to refer for Level 8, but the Doctoral Degree Characteristics, published by the QAA in 2011, details the characteristics of professional and practice-based doctorates of which the Doctor of Ministry is one. Thus Doctor of Ministry candidates work at the level 8 part 1 modular stage as an incremental hurdle as part of their progress towards the independent research project at Level 8 part 1 (thesis stage). The research project in this degree is located within the professional Christian ministry of respective candidates and represents an academic reflection and analysis of an aspect of professional practice.

The Doctor of Ministry degree is a professional doctorate which provides an opportunity to engage in sustained reflection and research upon the practice of ministry. In order to complete all of the elements of this course, students need to be able to engage in independent research and reflection.

At each stage in this process students are required both to engage in critical, theological reflection upon their own professional practice, and to enter into dialogue with a variety of theological traditions and with insights from other disciplines. This process of reflection and dialogue contributes to students’ personal and professional development as reflective practitioners, helping them to construct fresh perspectives on the tasks and opportunities facing those involved in the practice of ministry. 

Research Workshops and Online Forums offer opportunities for students to learn through presenting their own work, by receiving and responding to feedback on their work, and through their critical evaluation of the work presented by their peers.  

Students may be eligible for exemption from the Level 7 components of the course on the basis of APCL and APEL. Alternatively they can begin their research training and reflection upon the practice of ministry by working through the six Level 7 modules. In each of the Level 7 modules students are required to engage in independent study which explores the connections between particular topics and the practice of ministry within their particular context.  

Students completing the Level 8 modules of the course, who are preparing for the Level 8 research module, TH8013, need to present their proposal to an Advisory and Review Board. Subject to permission being granted by this Board students are then permitted to proceed with their major research project. The Board will appoint two supervisors who will provide supervisory support during the research process.  

  • The principal supervisor is responsible for agreeing a suitable programme of research work and overseeing its progress, and for administrative issues relating to the student’s registration and progress. The principal supervisor will undertake the majority of supervision.  
  • One other academic colleague will act as the co-supervisor. The co-supervisor will normally be appointed to contribute their specific expertise in assisting the principal supervisor throughout the development of the student’s research programme and may act as a supervisor of sections of work in progress in consultation with the principal supervisor.  
  • The programme leader (or an associate programme leader) will act as advisor/personal academic tutor, providing pastoral support to the student, monitoring their progress, and providing advice when necessary.



Different patterns of assessment are used in Level 7 modules, all of which require students to demonstrate their ability to engage in independent, self-directed study, and to show the relevance of their particular studies to the practice of ministry within a specific context. Students starting at Level 7 will be expected to demonstrate signs of academic progression as they work through these modules in order to demonstrate their ability to engage successfully in research and reflection at Level 8.

Specific guidelines for the assessment of Level 8 work are contained in the relevant Module Outlines.

Formative feedback will be offered to students on draft submissions.

The thesis will reside within the University Regulation for Research Degrees. All other modules within the programme will reside within University regulations for modular provision.

 The holder of a Doctor of Ministry will be an advanced professional who has

  • a breadth of theological knowledge and understanding which is at the forefront of the academic discipline of practical theology, with particular reference to reflection upon the practice of ministry;
  • the ability to conduct original research or other advanced scholarship which is of a quality to satisfy peer review, extend the forefront of the discipline, and merit publication;
  • the ability to evaluate and integrate insights from a range of disciplines, in order to generate fresh perspectives on the ways in which Christian ministry is exercised in the contemporary context;
  • the general ability to conceptualise, design and implement a project for the generation of new knowledge, applications or understanding which are at the forefront of the discipline or area of theological, institutional or professional practice, and to adjust the project design in the light of peer review, evaluation or new information;
  • a detailed understanding of applicable techniques for original research, effective communication, critical and independent reasoning appropriate to advanced academic enquiry.
  • the qualities and transferable skills necessary for employment requiring the exercise of personal responsibility and largely autonomous initiative in complex and unpredictable situations, in professional/institutional or equivalent environments.

A student's Doctor of Ministry programme will have a high degree of individuality built into it with the student taking a significant share of the responsibility for its planning, content and mode of delivery.  Students taking this programme should be aware that they need to be highly self-motivated and self-directed to maintain the necessary momentum to complete the programme successfully.  University support will be provided but the supported open learning nature of the programme requires determination from the student and pro-activity in maintaining contact with tutors. 

The programme contributes to a widening participation agenda by appealing to practitioners engaged in various forms of ministry, and drawn from a range of denominations, to whom a standard, academic PhD may be neither attractive nor practical. The part-time mode of delivery allows students to continue to fulfil their professional responsibilities as Christian ministers; and their professional practice provides a rich resource for ongoing research and reflection. The residential sessions and the research workshops offer peer and tutor support to students who may not otherwise thrive in the solitary process of research and independent study. A professional doctorate, offered on a part-time basis, will enable the production of research of publishable quality, as well as offering candidates a framework for their ongoing personal development as researching professionals.

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