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Postgraduate course

Professional Doctorate in Ministry (DMin)

Aimed primarily at those within Christian Ministry, this course is for those wanting to investigate their discipline in depth.

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This doctoral level course is taught part-time over four to six years. You will research specific aspects of church ministry or mission related to your own professional role, your particular tradition or to Christian ministry more generally. You will draw on a range of theological and social-scientific disciplines to explore topics in a practical and relevant way which will impact your ministry.

  • Location – York campus
  • Duration – 4-6 years part-time
  • Start date – January 2020
  • School – Humanities, Religion & Philosophy

Tuition Fees

    UK and EU 2019-20 £3,750

    International 2019-20 £9,563

Course overview

On this programme, the learning style is informal and collegiate. There is a strong emphasis in the first two years of developing your writing. You will critically engage with key ideas and develop a research project. The collegiality continues into stage two as you write your doctoral thesis. At this point there will be extended opportunities to share ideas and issues with fellow students and supervisors.

An unusual feature of this DMin is that the taught modules are shared with professionals studying for the Professional Doctorate in Education and the Professional Doctorate in Religion. This allows for cross-collaboration and cross-discipline support.

You will see how broad theoretical ideas can be applied to specific contexts, and how to apply concepts and ideas to the questions you'd like to explore. In addition, you will use the tools of practical and empirical theology to foster reflection and ensure that your research brings together both empirical and theological insights.

We recognise the pressures you face as a professional and how these can vary over the course of a year. Because of this, delivery in stage one is designed to concentrate the writing of assignments outside the busiest times of the academic and church calendar.

The four compulsory taught modules are delivered two per year, in the first two years, over a four-day teaching block – one in February and one in May. Outside of these times there are half-day sessions and online contact which enables you to keep in touch and gain regular feedback.

Course structure

Level 1 


Credits: 45

Compulsory module

The Professional Doctorate programmes are designed to support you in conducting and reporting on an original and substantive piece of research that relates in some way to your professional practice. This module will help you to begin this journey through a series of critical reflections on the links between your biographies and your practice.

Credits: 45

Compulsory module

This module will enable you to continue your journey by helping you to identify the links between a researchable professional issue and the contexts within which it can be located. This could include historical/temporal, geographic/spatial and policy/institutional contexts.

Credits: 45

Compulsory module

In this module you will engage with epistemological, theoretical, practical and ethical decisions and dilemmas that must be considered in order to move from a researchable professional issue to a feasible and defensible research design.

Credits: 45

Compulsory module

Recent guidance highlights that the research output from Professional Doctorates should have a significant impact on professional practice, or the way it is understood, as well as making a contribution to knowledge. This module is designed to support you in ensuring that your research impacts in some way on the conduct or understanding of professional practice. By planning, designing and implementing a small-scale pilot or intervention project you will be able to assess and reflect upon the challenges of bringing about change.

Teaching and assessment

You will complete a research thesis, attend a four-day residential element once a year and receive individual supervision from a team of experts. Your 50,000 word thesis is based on an original piece of research.

Essays are marked on a pass-fail basis. However, we do indicate the overall standard so that you can gauge the level of writing required for good doctoral work.

The thesis is treated as per a PhD thesis, and will be assessed by the same processes by both internal and external examiners.

Entry requirements


Entry onto this postgraduate course requires a minimum of a 2:1 undergraduate degree in a related subject.

If your undergraduate degree is not in a related field but you have extensive experience in a related field, your application may still be considered.

International Students

If you're an international student, you'll need to demonstrate experience, or qualifications equivalent to those above.

If your first language is not English you must show evidence of English Language competence at IELTS level 6.0 (with no skill below 5.5) or equivalent.


We require you to have a minimum of two years professional work experience in a position relevant to this award. 

You must currently be in a professional role that is relevant to this award.

The relevance of past and current experience to a particular award will be judged at interview.


Entry onto this postgraduate course is decided by an interview panel. You will not be admitted solely on the basis of previous awards or professional experience.

We are happy to arrange interviews via Skype for overseas students.

APEL policy

If you can't meet these minimum requirements it may be possible to take into account evidence of Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) as an alternative method of meeting the programme’s entry requirements. In such a case, appropriate references and records of employment might be presented to support the applicant’s case for admission.

Fees and funding

UK and EU 2019 to 20

The tuition fee for January 2020 starters on this postgraduate course is £3,750 per year for full time UK/EU, Jersey, Guernsey and Isle of Man students.

Postgraduate loans are available to help you pay for your master’s course. Find out more about postgraduate funding opportunities.

International (non-EU) 2019 to 20

The annual tuition fee for 2020 entry to this postgraduate course is £9,563 for international students.

Due to immigration laws, international students on a Tier 4 visa must be studying full-time. For more information about visa requirements and short-term study visas, please visit the International Visa and Immigration pages.

More information about funding your studies is available on our International Fees and Funding page.

Tuition Fees

    UK and EU 2019-20 £3,750

    International 2019-20 £9,563

Alumni Scholarships

If you are continuing to postgraduate study directly after studying at undergraduate level with us, we offer a reduction in fees depending on the classification of degree you achieve.

If you are graduating from an undergraduate degree at York St John University this year you could be entitled to:

  • a 50% reduction in course fees if you achieve a 1st
  • a 35% reduction if you achieve a 2:1
  • a 20% reduction if you achieve a 2:2

These reductions apply to all York and London-based taught MA, MBA, MSc and MRes courses, except for Physiotherapy (Pre-registration) MSc, Occupational Therapy (Pre-registration) MSc and all PCGE courses.

All York St John University alumni are eligible for a 10% reduction on their postgraduate course fees regardless of when you graduated. The 10% alumni discount will not be added on top of these reductions.

Additional costs and financial support


Whilst studying for your degree, there may be additional costs related to your course. This may include purchasing personal equipment and stationery, books and optional field trips.


View our accommodation pages for detailed information on accommodation and living costs.

Apply for this course

You can apply directly to the course via our Apply Now link below. You will need to create a login and password and complete the online form. Please contact two referees in advance of submitting your application as an automated request will go out as soon as you submit, and your application will not be reviewed until both references are in place.

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