MA in theology, ministry and mission

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 also 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 a flavour of our current course but some changes may take place in future.

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.

Anthropology and Christian mission (Level 7)

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

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.

Reflective practice in mission and evangelism (Level 7)

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)

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

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.