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Research at Cliff College

Cliff College is a global centre for evangelism and missiology, including in the area of research.

Research is a key part of the life of Cliff College, and we are proud to offer a variety of opportunities to engage with both academic and practice-based research on a wide range of topics. These include:

  • evangelism and missiology
  • Wesleyan and Methodist studies
  • women, gender and the Bible
  • Pentecostal studies
  • the theology of preaching
  • the theology of the atonement
  • youth, children and families' mission and ministry
  • intergenerational church
  • New Testament

Cliff College's research degree programmes are approved by and lead to an award from the The University of Manchester, which is a Russell Group university and is ranked among the leading research universities globally.

Sandra Brower, Academic Delivery Director

Having a PhD from a Russell Group university is particularly significant in the world of academia. Although our research students complete their studies with Cliff College, they apply to and are accepted by the University of Manchester. This brings particular benefits for our students; they have access to the university libraries, workshops, seminars and study events in addition to those they have at Cliff. Being a PhD student at Cliff College is really the best of both worlds – access to everything the university extends to research students, plus the intimacy and community that Cliff has to offer.

Sandra Brower, Academic Delivery Director

The best thing about doing research at Cliff is the relationality. You engage in research alongside others rather than alone, and the College and faculty provide great support.

PhD student, 2020

Research scholarships

Cliff is pleased to be working with the Methodist Church in Britain to offer the Methodist Doctoral Scholarship. This is open to any British Methodist, lay or ordained, who has a research project that falls into one of the subject areas of our research centres. The scholarship covers the recipient's tuition fees for the duration of their studies, whether they choose to study full-time or part-time. The recipient of the award will be expected to engage with the Methodist Church in a variety of ways throughout their research journey, including taking part in an annual research conference and sharing their findings with the wider church as appropriate.

If you are interested in this scholarship, please contact Dr Ben Pugh on to arrange an initial conversation about your research ideas and prior learning.