The Doctor of Ministry (DMin) is a professional doctoral programme, validated by the University of Chester, for those in ministry leading to:
- the development of expertise in a particular aspect of theology and/or ministry
- the development of new approaches to pastoral ministry
- the opportunity to make a significant contribution to the understanding and practice of ministry through the completion of a major research project.
DMin Course Organisation
The course is constructed to allow students a measure of flexibility in the personal organisation of their studies. 120 credits at MA level with a satisfactory average pass mark are prerequisites for entry into the DMin programme. The DMin is offered part-time over four or five years and students are required to complete a further 120 credits.
During the 'study years' teaching blocks are arranged in October, January and May of each academic year. Students attend lectures/seminars and are involved in tutorials and must complete their assessment tasks within the specified timescale.
Following the completion of the taught modules, DMin students prepare and submit a 50-60,000 word thesis (over a period of three years). The title and subject area of this will be decided in consultation with a supervisor appointed by the College.
DMin Course Structure
MA modules as listed.
DMin modules (each 20 credits unless otherwise stated):
- Research Project & Proposal for the thesis (40 credits - compulsory)
- Principles & Practice of Pastoral Care
- Principles & Practice of Christian Mission
- The Church - Principles & Practice of Ministry
- Theological Reflection & Ministry (40 credits - compulsory)
The Research Project/Thesis – a substantial piece of theological research, prepared under the guidance of a supervisor or on a topic arising from the student’s own experience and practice of ministry. The thesis will be assessed in an oral examination by internal and external examiners.