Cliff College
Missiology PhD
Cliff College

Key Course Facts

Course Description

Cliff College's PhD Missiology programme is a professional doctorate, meaning 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 or ministry.

The professional doctorate includes a taught, or directed, study element. This will include the teaching of research methods and components related to broadening or deepening the student’s understanding of the disciplines in which they are researching, or providing them with appropriate transferrable skills.

The PhD Missiology combines in-depth, high-level research and study with a supportive and encouraging research community of staff and students.

Programme Structure

Years 1-3: attend two five-day teaching blocks each year; produce 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) and attend three day conferences per year.

The PhD Missiology is taken part time over six years and is suitable for UK-based and overseas students. Our current research projects include:

  • 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.

Entry Requirements / Admissions

Get advice on which foundation courses are best for you to still study Missiology, PhD, if you do not meet the minimum requirements in terms of UCAS score, A levels, or English language requirements.

In order to be considered for entry to our standard PhD programme, candidates must: possess a Bachelor's (Honours) degree at 2:1 level or above (or its international equivalent) in a related subject; possess 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. 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.


Average student cost of living in the UK

Rent £518
Water, gas electricity, internet (at home) £50
Supermarket shopping £81
Clothing £35
Eating out £33
Alcohol £27
Takeaways / food deliveries £30
Going out / entertainment (excl.alcohol, food) £24
Holidays and weekend trips £78
Transport within city £17
Self-care / sports £20
Stationary / books £13
Mobile phone / internet £13
Cable TV / streaming £7
Insurance £51
Other £95
Average student cost of living £1092

London costs approx 34% more than average, mainly due to rent being 67% higher than average of other cities. For students staying in student halls, costs of water, gas, electricity, wifi are generally included in the rental. Students in smaller cities where accommodation is in walking/biking distance transport costs tend to be significantly smaller.

About Cliff College

Cliff College is an institution formally affiliated with the Christian faith, delivering Theology-related courses from their scenic and serene campus in Derbyshire, England. The primary purpose of this college is to prepare their students for positions within ministry roles, but additionally for academic and scholarly advancement. Students can immerse themselves in the sense of community and shared purpose that Cliff College’s accommodation provides, while achieving their goals related to Biblical study.

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Student composition of Cliff College

  • Cliff Stories- Kathryn Stephens
  • BA Mission and Ministry - Tracy's story
  • BA Mission and Ministry - Izzy's story

Where is this programme taught

Main Site - Cliff Lane
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