Doctor of Ecumenism

Programme Name & Description

The Doctor of Ecumenism is a professional doctorate which is awarded at the successful completion of a research project that makes an original contribution to ecumenical scholarship whilst furthering the ‘whole of life’ principles of the Pasifika household. The programme caters to leaders or practitioners seeking advanced knowledge of leadership, justice, development and practical strategies that are communities- and ecumenically based. Although the degree is research-based, the analytical skills acquired are specific to the professional needs of the student in conjunction with the demands from his or her faith contexts and/or communities.

Mode of Delivery: Blended

Duration: 3-7 years Full Time

Level: Equivalent to PQF/SPATS/FHEC level 10

School Name: School of Theology & Ecumenism (SOTE)

Credit Points: 360

Employment Pathway: Holders of this qualification will have the skills and knowledge to work in a variety of roles in the Christian churches or the wider society in particular within the faith-based organizations, government, non-government organization, civil societies and church affiliated sectors to champion the drive and elevate ambitions for Ecumenism.


Minimum Entry Requirement

  • All applicants holding a Bachelor’s degree with honours (level 8) or a master’s degree (level 9) are required to take and complete the MPhil which is the foundation year for the PhD programme.
  • Students must complete all of the requirements for the MPhil (1.5 years) and has received an average grade of 70% from the panel of reviewers.
  • Has completed the English proficiency test before or within the six months of application. English skills competency (IELTS) test score is at least 6.0.

Graduate Outcomes

  • Demonstrates mature spiritual and ecumenical sensitivity with regard to local, regional, or global development projects.
  • Demonstrates advanced research skills that are both critical of Pasifika needs and self-critical of Pasifika contexts.
  • Shows leadership in navigating Pasifika issues with a deep commitment to communities-based knowledge and justice for the whole of life.
  • Demonstrates competent research, writes, and teaches on ecumenical topics that contributes to knowledge and academic literature in Higher Education.

Requirements for the award of the Degree

The DE will be awarded to candidates that have submitted an original research thesis (80-100k words) and successfully completed the written and oral examinations of that thesis.

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