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Doctor of Professional Studies (DProf) in Practical Theology

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This innovative professional doctorate programme offers you the opportunity to pursue a programme of advanced research while remaining rooted in your professional or organisational context.

Why Study DProf in Practical Theology with us?

Our course combines the flexibility of a portfolio approach, the freedom to research your own professional context, and the rigour of undertaking a doctoral course.

Theology and Religious Studies at Chester is an internationally renowned centre of excellence for Practical and Contextual Theology, with a longstanding track record of expertise in teaching, research and supervision at the interface of higher education and the faith communities.

From its foundation as a teacher training college in 1839, the University of Chester has placed a premium on work-related study and vocational training. With the establishment of professional doctorates across the University, beginning with the DProf in Practical Theology in 2009, we continue to be committed to supporting students undertaking practice- and work-based research.

What will I learn?

The elements of the DProf course cover all aspects of advanced research at doctoral level. You will progress through a range of assessed modules dealing with different aspects of the research journey, from an initial foundation in literature in practical theology and a grounding in advanced research methods, to a publishable article and research proposal.

You will then undertake an extended dissertation which will enable you to explore your chosen research topic in greater detail.

How will I be taught?

Our DProf course is delivered via a mixture of independent study, one-to-one supervision and three (24- or 48-hour) residential research training events per year. You will also have access to our comprehensive online learning facilities.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment takes place via submission of a modular research portfolio, with structured written assignments and deadlines.

We recommend that candidates should commit to a minimum of eight to ten hours’ study per week on a regular basis throughout the academic year.

Course Fees

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Postgraduate Visit Opportunities

If you are interested in this course we have a number of opportunities to visit us and our campuses. To find out more about these options and to book a visit, please visit our website

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