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


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 Bachelors (Honours) degree at 2:1 level or above (or its international equivalent) in a related subject; and
  • A UK Master’s degree with an overall average of 65% or higher, with a minimum of 65% in the dissertation and with no mark below 55% (or its international equivalent) in Religions and Theology or a related subject.
  • Any strong, relevant work experience will be considered on a case by case basis.

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

Candidates should also 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
  • Missionary Ecclesiology, Emerging Church, and Postmodern Culture
  • Mission, Evangelism and Church Leadership
  • Public Theology
  • Social Justice, Environmental and Economic Issues
  • Aid and International Development
  • 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.


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: 2019-2020)

Part-time - fees for 2019-20 are:
Accommodation and meals for two weeks (Monday to Friday) are included in the above fee
Additional accommodation and meals (Monday to Friday)£190
Students requiring additional financial assistance can apply for a bursary - see the separate bursary section below for details.

Bursaries and Scholarships

Cliff College maintains a general bursary fund to benefit students needing financial assistance during their studies. This comprises donations made by supporters of the College, both currently and in the past. Currently, bursaries are focused on the following groups:

  • Students who live in areas where there is low participation in Higher Education
  • Care leavers
  • Students with caring responsibilities – young carers
  • Students with disabilities
  • Students from ethnic minorities
  • Those not in receipt of student loans

In addition to the general fund there are three other funds providing assistance for specific purposes:

  • the Cresswell fund is for students from the global south
  • the ‘Dennison’ fund is for MA students.
  • the ‘Jon Ashby’ fund is for students wishing to develop their skills in music or worship leading.

Bursary applications are made by completing the Bursary Application Form, which is available from the Finance Office (email

In addition, a number of organisations external to the College provide grant funding of varying amounts. Please contact Finance Office (email for further details.

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

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