The training I received at IBC has been a great help in my pastoral ministry

John Kimber


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.