PhD Missiology

The PhD Missiology programme is a full PhD programme, and recognised as such. The qualification will enable someone to teach and supervise research students in a university.

The PhD Missiology is an example of what is generally referred to as a professional doctorate. This means that it has been designed primarily for practitioners in mission or ministry who wish to enhance their effectiveness by doctoral level reflection on their practice. It is also designed to facilitate research by those who, while not in employment related to mission, have substantial ongoing experience of mission.

This programme will also typically involve significant empirical research by the student.

We encourage applications in the areas of study which represent the specialisms and broad research interests of our faculty supervisors.

Start Date

September, annually

Timescale

The programme will be undertaken on a part-time basis, taking six years to complete.

  • Years 1-3 attend two five-day teaching blocks each year producing a Portfolio (35-40,000 words) including a Literature Review, Methodology and Publishable Article, and a Research Project Proposal.
  • Years 4–6 work with a supervisor to produce a 40-45,000 word thesis (or a practical outcome accompanied by a 20-45,000 word thesis); attend three Day Conferences per year.

Eligibility Criteria

In order to be considered for entry to our PhD Missiology programme, candidates must fulfil the following academic requirements:

  • possess a ‘good’ MA in a relevant area (this would be a ‘Merit’ grade in UK terms)
  • present an appropriate research topic and a detailed proposal for a title
  • have two academic referees who can comment on your suitability for your proposed course of study.

A student will also need to be engaged in mission and have at least three years’ experience of mission practice.

Moreover, in order to do well on the programme generally, candidates should have considered, and be committed to, the demands of a doctoral research degree programme, whether full time or part time. These demands include the time required to dedicate oneself to the required standard of research and the financial commitment to completing the programme of study.

Broad Interests of our Faculty Supervisors

  • Biblical Studies
  • Celtic Christianity
  • Missionary Ecclesiology, Emerging Church, and Postmodern Culture
  • Mission, Evangelism and Church Leadership
  • Public Theology
  • Theology of Religions and Inter-Religious Dialogue
  • Wesleyan and Methodist Studies
  • Charismatic Christianity

Some of our Current Research Projects

  •  A comparative study of the effects of moral orientation on conversion.
  • Transference of leadership in international Christian organizations.
  • House churches in post-communist countries.
  • Reconstructing a theology of incarnational mission for Haiti – a self-made black independent nation emerging from perpetual aid dependency: a Methodist perspective.
  • Developing new ways for churches to become more welcoming and hospitable towards groups of people with disabilities (particularly learning disabilities and mental health) by linking more effectively with professional associations.

Partnerships

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.

Fees (Academic Year: 2017-2018)

Fees for 2017-18 are:
Part-time
Tuition£3495
Accommodation and meals for two residential periods (normally two each year)£360
Total£3855

For more information about the PhD Missiology programme, please contact us by telephone (01246 584216) or click here to email: postgrad@cliffcollege.ac.uk

 

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