Professional Doctorate in Practical Theology

Course duration: 3-6 years (part-time)

The Cambridge Theological Federation, through its partnership with Anglia Ruskin University, offers a professional doctorate in Practical Theology, a
research degree aimed at the “researching professional.” It is of particular interest to those interested in relating theological, ethical and spiritual insights and methods to their own pastoral or professional practice.

The Taught Stage

Two consecutive 30 credit taught modules at level 7 which may be taken either by distance learning (for those unable to attend in Cambridge) or by attendance in Cambridge for 2 taught sessions per module, with some additional engagement with distance learning elements.

The Dissertation Stage

A 60,000 word research thesis at Level 8 and further engagement with distance learning materials, supervisions, and some attendance in Cambridge will be required. Attendance requirements will be tailored to student location and for some students working overseas this may entail attendance at locally delivered seminars. Normally expected completion time for dissertation stage 48 months.

Entrance Requirements

An applicant seeking entry to the Professional Doctorate shall normally, as a minimum entry requirement:

  • hold a first or upper second class honours degree of a university or any other institution of higher education in the UK with degree awarding powers, provided that the degree include training in research and the execution of a research project or dissertation, or a qualification which is regarded by Anglia Ruskin University as equivalent to a first or upper second class honours degree; AND
  • have appropriate professional experience. Where English is not an applicant’s first language, they must demonstrate evidence of English language ability by holding an IELTS score of 6.5 (or equivalent) and have achieved a minimum of English language competence of at least IELTS 5.5 (or equivalent) across all four disciplines – writing, reading, speaking and listening.

Annual Fees (2023-24)

Course Fee (Home/EU)Course Fee (International)Westfield House Fee
£2,356£7,500£1,750 per year

The Westfield House fee covers the cost to Westfield for providing a range of educational, domestic and pastoral services and support.

Living expenses

The fee for lodging in Luther Hall is £147 per week for an en suite, shared room and £230 per week for an en suite, single room. Luther Hall provides self-catering accommodation. Students purchase their own food; as a general guide they should allow £75 per week for food and other personal expenses. In addition, students need to budget for visa fees and travel to/from Cambridge.

Further information

The Cambridge Theological Federation Professional Doctorate

Professional Doctorate in Practical Theology (DProf, Anglia Ruskin)