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Research Community at Cliff College - New Places for New People

Cliff College is pleased to announce a unique opportunity to participate in a Research Community with a focus on New Places for New People (NPNP) & Church at the Margins (CAM) with the Methodist Church in Britain (MCB).

Participants will receive support in developing a research proposal for a PhD from the University of Manchester, taught and supervised by Cliff College. They will also have opportunities to partake in fieldwork, data collection and analysis as members of a collaborative community of researchers.

Interested applicants will be invited to participate in a 24-hour ‘interest’ conference at Cliff College from 21-22 March 2024, during which we will explore the possibilities and practicalities of the NPNP/CAM Research Project and developing a research team.

From April 2024 to June 2024, applicants will participate in regular online meetings, research seminars, initial training in qualitative research methods and tutorials with prospective supervisors. They will work together with Cliff College faculty in developing a research proposal and application for the PhD Missiology (six years part-time) or the standard PhD (three years full-time).

Proposals will be submitted in July 2024, and successful PhD applicants would be expected to start in September 2024.

Further details


This opportunity is open to both home and international students. Provision can be made for including prospective international students in the interest conference via video-conferencing.

Fees and costs

Participation in the interest conference and April-June exploratory conversations - £100

Part-time PhD Missiology - £3,600/year

Full-time PhD fees - £7,200/year

Funding options are available and participants in the interest conference are eligible to apply for scholarship and bursary funding.

Time Commitment

We expect participants in the interest conference to be available for regular seminars between April and June 2024. You can find further information on these dates here.

The nature of the research project will require a commitment of regular hours (a minimum of one day per week) for the duration of the chosen research programme (either full-time or part-time) and will also require flexibility for engaging with fieldwork activities that may take place during evenings and weekends.

Application Process

Expressions of interest in participating in the NPNP Research Team and PhD Missiology can be made by contacting and requesting an application link. The deadline for expressions of interest is 12pm on Monday 11 March.

For an informal conversation, contact Dr Heather J Major, Lead Researcher at