MA in theology, ministry and mission

MA in theology, ministry and mission: African Christian Diaspora route

We are excited to announce a new route through our MA in Theology, Ministry and Mission. It focuses on the African Christian Diaspora, and is fully accessible online. Led by African scholars, students will study Africa as a creative and vibrant centre of Christianity and site of theology for the 21st century. We will explore such subjects as African religion, African Pentecostalism and African theology in addition to other timely themes for mission such as race, colonialism and migration. This award will help both African and all interested students to understand God's work in Africa as well as among Africans in Britain and the world. Apply now for the course which starts in September 2021.

There are now two routes through the MA in theology, ministry and mission: one with a focus on pioneering and a new route with a focus on African Christian Diaspora.

Accredited by Durham University through a partnership with Ripon College Cuddesdon, the programme consists of six modules assessed by a variety of methods and a dissertation of 12,000–15,000 words.

Students can complete the programme part time in two or three years.

Candidates pursuing ordination will also attend Ripon College Cuddesdon for residential weekends.

If you are interested in pursuing studies at a doctoral level, please do get in touch to explore the possibilities we can offer.

Our MA guide gives you more information on the course.

Other distinctive components:

  • a practical element, where people are challenged to launch new projects as they continue through the course
  • worship and prayer together
  • an annual retreat or pilgrimage
  • sessions with pioneer practitioners
  • everyone connects with a mentor
  • regular tutorials
  • learning as a community

Typically a module consists of five days teaching at Oxford, currently Tuesdays. Some modules are delivered through a residential week. And there will be a few weekends visiting and learning from mission projects and communities.

MA modules

Reflective practice: leadership and collaboration (Level 7)

Equips you to discern appropriate models of leadership and evaluate your own experience in leadership. Material is drawn from both secular and Christian contexts.

Research and reflection: resources and methods (Level 7)

An introduction to various research methods and approaches to theological reflection. There will be an opportunity to design a research project.

Mission and ecclesiology in contemporary context (Level 7)

Explores the role and mission of the church both historically and in the contemporary world, bringing your experience into conversation with various perspectives.

Anthropology and Christian mission (Level 6 – Pioneer route)

An introduction to culture, context and worldview. You will develop your own reflexive capacity in relation to your cultural background and behaviour.

Reflective practice in mission and evangelism (Level 7 – Pioneer route)

An opportunity to gain a solid grasp of missiology and to engage with current mission issues through exploration of themes and metaphors. It will also help you to reflect missiologically on your own context and experience.

Theologies in global perspective (Level 7 – Pioneer route)

Helps us to engage in theology in the current global context by examining global perspectives on our Bible, faith and mission.

Advanced Topic in Church History (Level 7 – African Christian Diaspora route)

A course designed to help students study a particular era of church history with particular reference to Africa.

Christianity and Indigenous Religions (Level 7 – African Christian Diaspora route)

A course designed to help students undertake an in-depth study of an indigenous religious tradition from the Global South, how such a religious tradition relates to culture and shapes a people’s identity, and how it finds expression in orality, rituals and artistic forms using music and dance.

Global Pentecostalism (Level 7 – African Christian Diaspora route)

A course designed to help students  engage in a systematic and comprehensive study of the nature of Pentecostal and charismatic types of Christianity.

Dissertation (Level 7)

This is completed in the third year of study. It is a piece of work of 12,000–15,000 words enabling you to follow an area of interest in depth.

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