Core Modules

M1 Mission Reflection and Integration

The module provides a foundation for study and research skills for the MA course as a whole.  It will lay the groundwork for students to engage in the theological, missiological and research components of the programme as a whole and, particularly, to be ready for the Dissertation module with its emphasis on using research skills to develop a proposal and dissertation.

The module provides the skills necessary for postgraduate study with a special focus on the development of the bibliographic skills needed to engage in research. The classroom lectures and activities will help students to do the following: to respond theologically and missiologically to perspectives in the inter-connected disciplines of the MA programme; to develop the capacity to critique documents and materials that come from a range of ecclesiastical or religious traditions; and to appreciate the importance of relating theory to real-life settings. The module will also connect the experience of research to the researcher as an individual and their role in the research process.  This module will also introduce the students to the way in which the MA programme encourages students to be researchers and reflective-practitioners. It will also indicate how different aspects of participation in community life within the college can contribute to the student’s personal development; it will introduce the use of a research journal to encourage reflective practice and to encourage reflection about the ways in which professional and personal identities interact in the research process.

M2 Biblical and Theological Foundations for Mission

This module provides students the opportunity to explore in greater depth selected themes and concepts in Bible and theology as foundational to the study of Christian mission.

The general aim of the module is to develop the student’s understanding of the role of the Bible and theology in shaping Christian mission by means of an in-depth study of certain biblical themes and texts, which have had major influence on the church’s understanding of mission. This module will enable the students to reflect critically on their own biblical, theological, and hermeneutical convictions as well as their missionary and professional practice. It therefore serves as a biblical and theological framework for the specialist modules on the MA and MTh programmes.

M3 Anthropological Foundations

We understand missiology to be both, a reflection on the context, and on the practice of mission, informed by biblical principles, theological reflection and anthropological insights.  Anthropology is therefore one of the three foundations of missiology. The practitioner’s ability to apply anthropological theory and concepts to their vocational context will be emphasised and enhanced during this module.    

The general aim of this module is to provide students with a theoretical foundation, from the perspective of social anthropology, which will prepare them to understand and engage with issues which may arise in their overseas placements.  The theories and issues covered are a necessary foundation to developing cross-cultural awareness and sensitivity to the complexities of living and working vocationally in another culture.  The module will also encourage reflection on experience, and may challenge previously held understandings of culture and mission practice.   The content of the module is chosen with the aim of making connections to the major exit awards, which the student may deepen through the presentation and essay assignment.  


Specialist Modules (Electives)

M4  Principles of Integral Mission and Development

This module is paired with M5, Managing Holistic Programmes and Agencies, to make up the ‘development studies’ stream of the MA programme. It provides a critical understanding and analysis of the concepts of integral mission, or holistic transformation, as a foundation for the management and programme design elements of M5. While the two modules will normally be taken together, each module is self-contained and may be studied separately.

This module will draw on both Biblical insight and on the current thinking of development scholars, theologians, and practitioners. It sets out to critique the conventional view of ‘progress’ and articulate an alternative, holistic vision of human development, often referred to as integral mission. It will introduce concepts that assist in exploring the inter-related causes of poverty, and in analysing how to measure and respond to poverty and social engagement needs in a holistic way.
A key objective of the module is to help students to draw from and reflect on their experience in the field, and explore the interaction with development theory, Scripture and theology. Topics of aid, climate change, gender, and peace-building will be explored both from a  secular and Biblical perspective.

M5  Managing Holistic Programmes and Agencies

This module is paired with M4, Principles of Integral Mission and Development, to make up the development stream of the MA programme. It provides the practical skills and knowledge to complement the conceptual basis offered in M4. While the two modules will normally be taken together, each module is self-contained and may be studied separately.

The calibre of agencies and personnel, and the design of interventions, is of the greatest influence in achieving a holistic and sustainable impact on the lives of the poor and marginal groups. This module aims to develop both knowledge and practice in the management of these programmes and agencies. It incorporates a careful study of alternative methodologies of programme design: both conventional needs-based design, and more recent strength-based approaches. The role of the voluntary agency is considered, with particular attention to management issues, in order to equip students to manage and implement a programme of holistic development in various contexts.

M6 Leadership

This specialist module provides students with opportunities to explore leadership issues and learn leadership skills at the advanced level of leading an organisation.

To examine from a Christian perspective various key aspects of leadership of an organisation within a cross-cultural context and to develop practical leadership skills appropriate to this context.

•    A review of some major “leadership theories”
•    A Biblical understanding of leadership, in particular “servant leadership”
•    Understanding and developing your own leadership qualities and style
•    Strategic planning that creates corporate vision
•    Understanding organisations, including their structure and culture
•    Leading change in organisations, and supporting others through change
•    Developing and acquiring the influencing skills required for effective leadership

M7 Mission Strategy - Methods, Tools, Cases and Issues for Strategy in a Mission Context

This module builds upon the biblical foundations, motivations, methodology and mandate section of M1. It also builds upon the theological foundations, formulations and articulations of the theological section of M1, and builds upon anthropological foundations, methodologies of research, and social insights of M3. This module then forms the basis for the second specialist leadership module, as strategy formulation and implementation are at the heart of good and effective leadership.

The aim of the module is to critically introduce the student to the concept of mission strategy; to examine various historical examples of mission strategy; to critique these strategies biblically, theologically and sociologically and for the student to develop for themselves a personal approach to strategising in mission that is appropriate for various social, political, religious and ideological contexts.

M8 Missiological Issues in Contextual Theology

This module builds upon Biblical and Theological Foundations (M2) by studying and evaluating the missiological issues that are essential for laying a foundation for the development of contextual theologies (M8).

The module aims to lay important missiological foundations for the study of contextual theologies by considering a number of key contemporary issues and looking at how theologians approach and respond to them in different missional and regional contexts.

M9 Methods and Models of Contextual Theology

This module is the second of two modules in contextual theology, and is designed to help the student to develop skills in assessing the value of models of contextual theology, and to apply the models to appropriate contexts. It also seeks to prepare the student to research their dissertation.

This module builds upon the learning of the core modules and the insight of M8 and its theology of mission. It aims to critically examine and analyse the validity of contextual theology, and to examine and evaluate various methods and models of contextual theology. The theologies studied will be drawn from Orthodox, Roman Catholic, Ecumenical and Evangelical Traditions, as well as from emerging theologies of Asia, Africa and Latin America. The models are drawn from Stephen Bevans’ Models of Contextual Theology (Maryknoll, N.Y.: Orbis Books, 2002).

M10 Arts, Identity and Local Contexts: Perspectives in Relation to World Christianity

This module further develops the understanding of the arts in relation to cultural identity.  There will be a special interest in how these issues relate to studies of contextual theology and the interplay between local cultures and religions. The module will also explore how artistic forms can be used by local Christians to express their faith and identity in their culture.

The module aims to build a deeper understanding of the arts in a variety of cultures, by investigating how these arts form part of local culture and identity. It will examine the role of the arts in relation to cultural and religious life, and show how these can be used both within and beyond the church.

The module will equip students with the necessary skills to frame aspects of the Christian faith using the arts in a way which will communicate meaningfully to those of other cultures.  

M11 Worship, Music and Liturgy: Interactions with Globalisation and Contextualisation

This module develops concepts and practice from Music and Arts training at undergraduate level. It develops theological and artistic themes from the Art, Culture and Local Identity module in the areas of worship, music and liturgy, and adds to the study of contextualization the impact of global forces on cultures, arts and religion.

This module looks at aspects of worship, music and liturgy in the context of Christian faith in a range of local contexts. It recognizes the impact of global forces on the development of contextual expressions of arts and theologies, and the tensions between diversity and unity.  
It will focus on interactions between Christian faith and the arts, especially ethnomusicology, as they apply to local community settings with a view to developing understandings of “ethnodoxology.”   Emphases will be on arts research, facilitation of locally appropriate arts development, and key skills necessary for the practice of arts leadership.

M12 Contextual Engagement with Islam

This module brings together theoretical and practical components. The theoretical component examines the existence and development of different movements within Islam.  The practical element will look into issues encountered by Christian mission in different contexts.  The course builds on previous study equivalent to the Level 6 Contemporary Islam course in order to engage with the realities of lived Islam from a pragmatic perspective.

The course aims to enable students to distinguish varied expressions of Islam, to identify and evaluate Christian responses, and to be critically reflective of their own practice.

M13 The Qur’an in Comparative Perspective

This module gives opportunity for dialogical engagement with Islamic theology, through study of traditional and contemporary approaches to the interpretation of the Qur’an. Students will compare hermeneutical methodologies with those that have been applied to the Bible, in order to evaluate distinctive interests of the respective scriptures and of the interpretive communities.  The module builds on previous study equivalent to the Level 6 Contemporary Islam module.

The module aims to equip students to critically evaluate contemporary intra-Islamic debate about Qur’an interpretation and application

M14 Extended Essay

In certain circumstances, on a case-by-case basis, where agreed with the Programme Leader, it is possible to do an extended essay on a topic agreed with the relevant Tutor.

M15 Dissertation

The module enables students to undertake a piece of independent academic research (library and/or field work based) within their chosen subject area leading to the presentation of a carefully prepared proposal with due regard for research issues in their chosen discipline and later the submission of a dissertation appropriate to a Master’s Programme.

The Dissertation is the single largest piece of assessed work undertaken by the student and is designed to synthesise the range of knowledge and skills acquired throughout the course. The Dissertation provides students with an opportunity to conduct a sustained and intensive investigation into one topic and to present their findings in a formal manner in accordance with academic conventions.

Through successful completion of their dissertation, students will demonstrate their ability to investigate a specialised subject area using research techniques and skills acquired during the course.  Where appropriate they will: demonstrate knowledge of relevant theories; analyse empirical data; apply knowledge to a particular context; present and critique scholarly arguments in a clear and organised manner.  In contributing their own critical reflection on the research they should be able to contribute to the field of research under investigation.


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