What Students Say

  • "I've found the work really brilliant in helping me process some of my work and think about my future work. The pathway that I focused on was the Leadership one, and I was trying to change my work in Burundi to look at helping support the church to start sending its own missionaries, so the MA provided a fantastic time to look at good ways of being able to do that."
  • "The Tutors in All Nations are not only knowledgeable, but also have a really rich mission experience which enriched my study as well."
  • "The tutors of All Nations are brilliant; you cannot single one out. Their approach in teaching, explanation and their relationships are excellent."
  • "I absolutely loved the comradery of our cohort. The room is filled with missional leaders from around the world and we have a great time having lunch together, talking to each other, reflecting on our course work."
  • "I really loved my first term theology class; the chance to be immersed in the scriptures from a missional stand point was a highlight for me."
  • "I really enjoyed the time I studied with ANCC as a MA student. It is challenging, sometimes stressful but also exciting and have brought me a lot, not only academically but also has broadened my vision in cross-cultural mission."
  • "It was a wonderful journey, both intellectually and spiritually. The lecturers are very committed and concerned and take teaching as their ministry from their hearts. They are good examples for the students. I will surely recommend ANCC to my Mission-friends."
  • "I deeply enjoyed the high academic standards set and maintained by ANCC plus the theological and missiological balance. All the modules were of highest standards possible yet they also maintained incredible balance in navigating the diverse theological and missiological contours."
  • "The joy of studying with a global cohort cannot be underestimated. The introduction to global voices and writings in the chosen field has deepened my appreciation of and thirst to live out God's mission in wider settings."

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Dr. Mark Galpin

Programme Leader

Dr. Mark Galpin

Postgraduate Programme Leader. BSc (Hons), MSc, PhD.

Postgraduate Programme Overview

Why choose the postgraduate course at All Nations?

All Nations Christian College is one of the largest colleges of its type in Europe, and has been providing cross-cultural mission training for over 50 years, combining long-term training experience with cutting-edge research and thinking. The Postgraduate Programme has been running since 1992 and has attracted Christian workers from around the world, many of whom have gone on to play significant roles in mission both locally and globally. The programme is validated by the Open University and subject to both OU and government quality control mechanisms. In recent years a high ratio of students have achieved Merit and Distinction awards.

The programme is particularly aimed at those who would like to gain a deeper understanding of the range of issues within the discipline of mission studies. It has Biblical, theological, historical, cultural, creative and religious dimensions, and is ideally suited for those who have some years of Christian ministry experience and want to reflect on their practice and be equipped for the future.

What are the entry criteria?

As is normal for any Postgraduate Programme, applicants must have a Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent). There are two entry routes to the Postgraduate Programme: an academic entry route and a professional entry route. 

For academic entry, applicants must have a Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) in theology or religious studies or, if in another subject, at least one year of formal Biblical or theological training (or complete the All Nations bridging modules - see below for information on this). In addition, academic entrants should have a minimum of two years' ministry or cross-cultural experience.

Alternatively, there is a professional entry route open to applicants with appropriate professional qualifications and a minimum of four years' experience in a mission context.

Those doing awards in specialist fields are expected to have a background in their relevant field e.g. development, leadership, or church-based ministry. For those for whom English is not a first language, proof of English competency will also be required (IELTS - 7.0 or Cambridge - Proficiency at C grade or above).

Applicants are normally required to complete a book critique as part of the application process and may be required to attend bridging modules to ensure they are equipped for the start of their postgraduate studies. 

For full details of all the entry criteria, please see the College Admissions Policy. If you are unsure whether you are eligible for the programme please contact us to discuss this further.

MA Bridging Modules

Postgraduate course applicants who do not meet the criteria for entrance on application (for example due to lack of theological training), can access bridging modules prior to starting the postgraduate programme. The bridging modules are available both residentially and on-line, and will be adapted to meet each student’s specific needs. The exact bridging modules required will be agreed by the college in discussion with the applicant. The bridging modules involve accessing relevant Undergraduate modules over a period of one to three terms. These will normally be selected from the following:

L5 modules: Pentateuch, Synoptic Gospels, Theology of Mission, Pauline Epistles, Acts of the Apostles, Hermeneutics and Homiletics

L6 modules: Johannine Literature, Religion and Society, Old Testament Theology, Isaiah, New Testament Theology.

 Applicants requiring additional inter-cultural experience can gain this by participating as a residential student on campus at Easneye. For further information about the bridging course, please email ma@allnations.ac.uk.

What qualification will I get?

A Postgraduate Certificate, Diploma, MA or MTh in a mission-related subject, validated by the Open University. The following postgraduate qualifications are available:

Postgraduate Certificate (PG Cert) in: Missiology

PG Diploma in:  Contextual Theology │ Missiology │ Church, Mission and World Christianity │ Diaspora and Intercultural Church │ Transformational Development Intercultural Leadership │ Staff Care and Wellbeing │ Arts and Intercultural Worship

MTh in: Contextual Theology

MA in:  Missiology │ Church, Mission and World Christianity │ Diaspora and Intercultural Church │ Transformational Development │ Intercultural Leadership │ Staff Care and Wellbeing │ Arts and Intercultural Worship

Please see 'Key Information' at the bottom of this page for award discriptions

How is the course delivered?

The Postgraduate Programme is delivered through technology-enhanced learning and can be accessed in two ways:

  1. As a “Campus-based” programme at the College site, in the beautiful rural setting of Easneye House near Ware, Hertfordshire just north of London. Students may live on campus (subject to availability) or off campus.
  2. Alternatively the course can be accessed remotely from anywhere in the World, through technology enhanced learning, allowing students to continue in their ministry contexts and apply their learning as part of a global learning community.

Both Campus based and remote-access students study the same modules as one integrated cohort. The majority of modules are delivered weekly during the College year. In addition, some specialist courses are delivered as short intensive modules over 4–5 days. While RAL students can access these remotely, they are encouraged to attend these in person if possible.

What are the different components of the Certificate, Diploma and Masters awards?

The Postgraduate Certificate qualification is only available in Missiology. Students must complete a total of three modules including Holistic Learning Foundations (M1) & Biblical and Theological Foundations for Mission (M2). The third module is either Anthropological Foundations for Mission (M3) or one of the range of specialist elective modules across the programme.

Diplomas are available in the various awards. Students must complete the three core modules (M1, M2 & M3), two specialist modules associated with the award, and either complete an independent study module (M29) or a research proposal (M30).

To gain a Master’s degree students must have completed the Diploma and then submit a research dissertation (15,000 words) or practice-based project (certain awards only) in a subject related to their award.    

How long does the course take?

Courses can be accessed either full-time (11 months for the MA, 9 months for the Diploma), part-time (2 years for the MA, 18 months for the Diploma) or online (3 years for the MA, 2 years for the Diploma). The postgraduate Certificate can be completed in 7 months, full-time.

What sort of workload can I expect?

The MA and MTh requires completion of 180 credits. It is estimated that it takes approximately 10 hours of study for each credit. Students should therefore expect to commit a total of 1800 hours for the completion of the programme.  The work load depends on the mode of delivery, with some variation in intensity over the year. 

Full-time students generally spend 6 - 10 hours a week in lectures. The rest of the week (30–35 hours) is spent in self-study, working on reading, assignments and research.  For students resident on campus, assisting with cleaning and kitchen duties are also part of College life, fostering a servant heart within community and helping to reduce student fees.

Part-time and RAL students spread their work over a longer period of time. On average part-time students (completing in 2 years) are expected to commit 18 - 22 study hours per week, and RAL students (completing in 3 years) are expected to commit 10–15 study hours per week over the period of the course.

A tool to calculate the approximate annual spread of your workload for your chosen course is available to download here.

All lecture sessions are recorded, to ensure students who miss a lecture due to unforeseen circumstances can catch up. However, the majority of lectures should be accessed in real time to ensure student engagement in class discussions with other students and the lecturer.

Potential students should be aware that postgraduate study involves a continuous and sustained workload until the end of the degree. Part-time students are encouraged to discuss their proposed studies with their employers and gain approval for their studies as part of their work / ministry commitments. 

When can I start?

The residential full-time programme, the 2-year part-time programme and the 3-year online programme all begin each year in September.

The application deadline is 15 June each year. If you do not have a place, or are applying after 15 June please email ma@allnations.ac.uk to confirm availability before completing the application form.

Please call our Postgraduate Department to discuss study options and course content on +44 (0)1920 443526 or email ma@allnations.ac.uk if you have any questions.



Student testimonial

The Bishop of Woolwich shares his life-changing experience as a result of his masters study with All Nations. Listen to his testimonial below! 


Recorded October 2022


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