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Research (MPhil/PhD) Programmes

MPhil and PhD

Cliff College has a successful and growing research degree programme, validated by the University of Manchester, with students working at both MPhil and PhD levels, part time and full time, in the UK and overseas. We are currently encouraging applications, particularly in the following areas of study which represent the specialisms and broad research interests of our supervisors:

  • Mission, Evangelism and Church Leadership
  • Missionary Ecclesiology, Emerging Church, and Postmodern Culture
  • Theology of Religions and Inter-Religious Dialogue
  • Celtic Christianity
  • Wesleyan and Methodist Studies
  • Biblical Studies
  • Public Theology
  • Children's and Youth Ministry
  • Worship.

Deji at Graduation 2012

Current research projects include:        


  • Contextual Mission in Sierra Leone
  • CS Lewis as Postmodern Evangelist
  • The Doctrine of Christian Perfection as a Vision for Evangelism
  • Gospel, Culture and Mission in 21st Century Ireland
  • John Wesley’s Class Meetings
  • Contexualising the Methodist Church, The Gambia
  • Leadership Development in the Church of God Mission, Nigeria
  • Psalm 49 as a Possible Climax and Conclusion to the First Collection of Korahite Psalms (42-49)
  • The Role of Camp Meetings in Primitive Methodism
  • The Role of the Spiritual Senses in Contemporary Mission
  • Theology from Kibera: Theological Attention to Liberative Voices among the Hoi Polloi of a Kibera Slum in Nairobi City, Kenya.

Recently completed research degrees include:

  • The Inculturation of Celtic Art Forms in Ireland's Non-Christian Religions
  • Church of England Church Plants 19872000
  • Cell Church in a Methodist Circuit
  • Evangelism and Ecumenism in Nigeria
  • Reading the Embedded Stories as Metaduegetic Narratives in Genesis 1250
  • Columbanus and Celtic Mission
  • Missio Dei and the Means of Grace
  • Mission from a Colonial to a Postcolonial Era: The Case of the Anglican Church in Ghana 1950present
  • The Function of Psalmic Tricolon
  • Spiritual Warfare in a Postmodern Context
  • Methodist Approaches to Power Evangelism among the Zhona People
  • The Challenge opf Contextualisation in the Methodist Church, Sierra Leone
  • The Inculturation of the Gospel: Implications for the Methodist Church The Gambia's Quest for Church Leadership
  • The Methodist Movement as Anticipation of Post-Christendom Mission
  • A Missiological Understanding of Revivalism.


Cliff College is a member of the Manchester Wesleyan Research Centre. 

The College is in a research partnership agreement with Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University, Dallas.



For 2015/16 the fees are as follows:

EU or low/middle income country student rate (according to world bank classification):

  • full time fee is £4,205, plus University registration fee of £825
  • part time fee is £2,570, plus University registration fee of £515

Overseas (non EU) or high income country student rate (according to world bank classification):

  • full time fee is £6,305, plus University registration fee of £825
  • part time fee is £3,850, plus University registration fee of £515

For more information about any of the Research (MPhil/PhD/Professional PhD) Programmes, please contact us by phone (01246 584202) or click here to email


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