The Westminster student body is partly comprised of those pursuing postgraduate research degrees at either the master’s or doctoral level. In most instances, interested candidates apply to both the College and the validating university, to which they are admitted independently according to the institution’s particular criteria. Whether they reside in College, write their theses in our Library, or work remotely and simply find support and community among us whenever they are physically present, our postgraduate research students contribute significantly to Westminster’s life. Students on these degrees have full access to the College Library, as well as the various libraries of other members of the Cambridge Theological Federation.
Information about the Admissions process for these various awards is available here.
Master’s level (research)
Master of Philosophy (MPhil), Anglia Ruskin University
The Anglia Ruskin MPhil is a two-year research degree, supervised by a member of staff from the Cambridge Theological Federation, typically at Westminster. Additional information and instructions are available here.
Doctoral level (research)
The following doctoral level research degrees are available for full-time or part-time study at Cambridge, Durham, and Anglia Ruskin universities. They enable a theological graduate to pursue a specialist subject of interest to a high level and make a significant and unique contribution to the wisdom of the church and the academy.
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), University of Durham
The Durham PhD is a three-year research degree earned via a Department of Theology and Religion programme for applicants associated with the Cambridge Theological Federation, of which Westminster is a member. It is co-supervised by a member of staff at Durham and a member of staff within the Federation, typically at Westminster. Additional information and instructions are available here.
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), University of Cambridge
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Anglia Ruskin University
Doctoral level (practice-based research)
Professional Doctorate in Practical Theology (DProf), Anglia Ruskin University
The Anglia Ruskin DProf is a practice-based research degree aimed at participants in a variety of professional and/or voluntary contexts. It is particularly designed to be undertaken taken on a part-time basis. Like the Anglia Ruskin MPhil, it is supervised by a member of staff from the Cambridge Theological Federation, typically at Westminster. Participants will be encouraged to use their professional, voluntary or ministerial practice as the foundation of a structured process of research in practical theology. You will be supported throughout by a regular series of supervisions, seminars and workshops. The Professional Doctorate is assessed by means of a portfolio of work, comprising two taught modules and then major written pieces including a final dissertation, which is assessed partly through an oral examination (viva voce). Additional information and instructions are available here.
If you would like more information about any of these master’s or doctoral level programmes, please contact the Tutorial Office (or on 01223 33 06 49), who will then connect you with the Director of Studies if necessary.