DProf (Validated Anglia Ruskin University)

This programme is aimed at those interested in relating theological, ethical and spiritual insights and methods to their own professional and/or voluntary practice.

It is of particular interest to practitioners and professionals who want to research a question arising from their practice, and through their research to contribute to the community of practice in their own profession or voluntary work.


The structure of the Professional Doctorate in Practical Theology

The taught stage

Two consecutive 30 credit taught modules at level 7 which may be taken either by distance learning (for those unable to attend in Cambridge) or by attendance in Cambridge for 2 taught sessions per module, with some additional engagement with distance learning elements.
Module 1: Advanced Professional Practice: Practical Theology, September – January
Module 2: Advanced Research Methods in Practical Theology, February – May

The dissertation stage

A 60,000 word research thesis at level 8. Further engagement with distance learning materials, supervisions, and some attendance in Cambridge will be required. Attendance requirements will be tailored to student location and for some students working overseas this may entail attendance at locally delivered seminars. Normally expected completion time for dissertation stage 48 months.

Further information about studying for a Professional Doctorate with us is available here:


For further enquiries please contact Dr Sean Ryan dos@mbit.cam.ac.uk