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.
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.
Visit the Professional Doctorate in Ministry (DMin) page on the York St John University website for more details!