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Our postgraduate research programme in Contextual Theology is validated by the University of Manchester. We offer research opportunities in all areas of contextual theology and ministry, including, but not limited to:

  • worship
  • ministry and church leadership
  • congregational studies
  • mission and multi-faith engagement
  • urban, political and social theologies, including liberation theologies and postmodern theologies
  • biblical studies and biblical languages
  • pastoral theology and pastoral ministry
  • local and global church history, theology and governance

All our research students are allocated a supervisory team comprised of a main supervisor with significant previous supervisory experience, plus one or more co-supervisors with specialist subject knowledge in the student’s field of interest. If you are on our research programme, you can expect regular on-going individual supervision support, and you will be expected to attend our in-house research training days three times a year. The University of Manchester also offers its own programme of research training events which are available to all our postgraduate research students.

Our Virtual Learning Site, Moodle, provides you with key information, documents and resources related to your research programme. As well as having access to our own library and learning resources, students enrolled on our postgraduate research programme also have full access to resources in the University of Manchester Library. New entrants to the research programme will have access to the University’s on-line eProg facility, which enables you to keep records of your learning and gives you direct and easy access to the University’s electronic resources.

Our postgraduate research programme in Contextual Theology is validated by the University of Manchester. We offer research opportunities in all areas of contextual theology and ministry, including, but not limited to: worship ministry and church leadership congregational studies mission and multi-faith engagement urban, political...

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Entry Requirements

Applicants for the research programme (both MPhil and PhD) are expected to have a Merit or equivalent at Masters level in a relevant subject (normally Theology). The qualification should include a Research Methods component and a dissertation.

Borderline candidates (with an overall Masters result at no lower than 58%) will be considered if (a) their proposal is strong, showing good methodological and critical awareness and (b) they complete two further MA units at Merit level or above, including a Research Methods unit, or present a substantial piece of academic writing at Merit standard.

Non-standard entrants who apply on the basis of Prior Experiential Learning will be considered. They will normally be required to complete 60 credits of MA units, including a Research Methods unit and substantive piece of writing, at Merit level, before being admitted to doctoral study.

Applicants for the research programme (both MPhil and PhD) are expected to have a Merit or equivalent at Masters level in a relevant subject (normally Theology). The qualification should include a Research Methods component and a dissertation. Borderline candidates (with an overall Masters result at no lower than 58%) will be considered if (a) their proposal is strong, showing good...

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