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Professional Doctorate in Ministry DMin



What will I learn?

The Professional Doctorate in Ministry (DMin) is a unique opportunity to combine theological reflection and ministerial practice leading to a doctoral level qualification.

Bespoke tutoring from St Mary’s world-leading theological faculty

An opportunity to combine study and practice at a higher educational level

Why study Professional Doctorate in Ministry?

We live in rapidly changing times. Accordingly, the Theology Faculty at St Mary’s has decided to initiate a new Doctorate in Ministry in order to help ministers to respond to the challenges of modern ministry whilst also contributing to the growing academic resources available. In this respect the course has two main elements: first, the opportunity for theological, philosophical and ethical reflection on the nature of ministry and, secondly, the provision of a skill-set for practitioners to contribute to academic knowledge of ministry by developing their own original doctoral-level research thesis.

Career opportunities: It is anticipated that many students will study part-time as continuing professional development, alongside various forms of Christian ministry and leadership, or for personal interest; for such people, the programme will enhance their future employability, including in more senior roles. Some will acquire an enhanced education in ministry which would open specific opportunities in teaching and HE lecturing and work with Christian or other charities and agencies. The programme will also provide an education which sensitises students to engaging with religious and ethical ideas from other times, cultures and places, and thus will equip them for work engaging with cross-cultural situations, such as non-governmental organisations in the UK and overseas, international relations, the media and the Civil Service.

Which department am I in?

St Mary's University, Twickenham

Study options

Online/Distance (4 years)

Tuition fees
£14,500.00 (US$ 18,013) per year
This is a fixed fee
Start date

September 2023

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students need to have Masters Degree. All of our postgraduate degrees require 6.5 overall with no less than 6.0 in any section.

For international students

Students will be accepted on the programme if they have an Upper Second Class Honours Degree or equivalent. Students whose first Language is not English, they need to have an IELTS score of 6.5 overall with no less than 6.0 in any section (or equivalent). iBT TOEFL: 88 overall with 20 in reading, 19 in listening, 21 in speaking and 20 in writing.

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


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