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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 £3,750

    International £9,563

Course overview

On this programme, the learning style is informal and collegiate. There is a strong emphasis in the first two years on 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 

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 requirements

Admission to the programme will be decided by an interview panel, and no candidates will be admitted solely on the basis of previous awards or professional experience. The normal minimum entrance qualifications will be:

  • An upper second-class honours degree (or equivalent)
  • At least two years of relevant professional experience

All candidates must also 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.

APEL Policy 

Where applicants do not meet the stated entry requirements above, it may be possible to take into account evidence of 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.

Terms and conditions

Our terms and conditions, policies and procedures contain important information about studying at York St John University. These can be accessed through our Admissions webpages.

Fees and funding

To study for a Postgraduate degree with us, you will need to pay tuition fees for your course. How much you pay will depend on whether you're a UK & EU student or an international (non-EU) student. Tuition fees are charged for each year of your course.

Tuition fees

Home/EU students

The tuition fee for 2019 entry to this postgraduate course is £3,750 per annum over 4 years for UK/EU, Jersey, Guernsey and Isle of Man students.

Tuition fees may be subject to inflation in future years.

Overseas students

The York St John University tuition fee for the 2019 entry to this postgraduate course is £9,563 per annum over 4 years for international students.

Tuition fees may be subject to inflation in future years.

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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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