What will I learn?

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.

Which department am I in?

Theology and Religion

Study options

Full Time (36 months)

Tuition fees
£21,250.00 (US$ 28,801) per year
This is a fixed fee

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

Expected October 2022


Durham University

The Palatine Centre,

Stockton Road,


DH1 3LE, England

Entry requirements

For international students

You will need to have an MA in theology or a related discipline with an average of 65 or above to be accepted onto the programme. If you have an M.Div you will be required to have a GPA of 3.7 or above. If you have an MA in an unrelated area you may be required to take two 30 credit modules at MA level before you can be accepted onto the programme. St John’s College/Cranmer Hall have a number of modules in the MA in Theology and Ministry programme that can be completed at a distance. Students need to have: IELTS: 7.0 with no component under 7.0; TOEFL iBT: 102 (writing 27, no component under 25); 185 (minimum of 185 per component) in Cambridge Scale (CPE or CAE); Pearson Academic (PTE): 70 (with no less than 70 in each Communicative Skill).

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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