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Doctor of Theology and Ministry (DThM)

Durham University

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  • Qualification

    ThD - Doctor of Theology

  • Location

    Durham University

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    36 months

Course summary

The DThM is Durham’s Professional Doctorate in theology. It is intended for anyone who is interested in the relationship between theology and practice. The programme, run in partnership with St John’s College has two phases. The first phase is taught through intensive teaching weeks held twice a year in Durham. This is followed by the research phase where students continue their doctoral level research in their chosen field of study supervised by a research team drawn from the Department of Theology and Religion and St John’s College.

The Professional Doctorate is an alternative to the PhD. It is examined in exactly the same way as a PhD, and in the research phase students work with their supervisors as they would on any doctoral programme. The advantage of the professional doctorate is that it gives a structured taught research training that supports you as you develop your research proposal. The intensive teaching weeks also offer the regular support of a cohort of fellow students to work alongside you as you do your doctorate.

The degree is ideal if you want to pursue research that links an aspect of practice with the core disciplines in theology and the study of religion. It is also a good way to come back to study after a time working in the Church or in an NGO or as a Chaplain or a Youth Worker. Students do not have to be ordained or to be currently active in ministry to do the degree. Most students do the programme part time and at a distance and we always have a number of students who live outside of the UK. It is however possible to study full-time and with the link to Cranmer Hall, which is part of St John’s College, it is possible to combine full time study with ministerial training.

Tuition fees

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£ 21,250per year

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University information

Durham University

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  • Campus address

    Durham University, The Palatine Centre, Stockton Road, Durham, Durham, DH1 3LE, England

By inspiring students to do outstanding things at Durham, the university believes they will do outstanding things in the world.
Durham's famous cathedral and castle are at the heart of the city – and the heart of the university – forming a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Beyond studies, Durham offers a student experience and college life that is truly unique.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    3rd out of 29

  • Entry standards

    / Max 197
    160 85%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    80.0 80%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.14 83%



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