MA Mission

Cliff College is an approved partner of The University of Manchester, developing programmes delivered by Cliff College, approved by and leading to an award of The University of Manchester. On the MA Mission programme, there are multiple pathways taught at postgraduate certificate, diploma and degree levels.

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With some of the foremost international experts in Christian mission and leadership, the MA Mission is designed to enable in-depth engagement with a variety of themes, including:

  • pioneering mission and church planting
  • responses to church decline in the west
  • missional movements and networks
  • the Holy Spirit in leadership
  • evangelism in a digital age
  • church history
  • biblical theology
  • global justice
  • missional spirituality
  • literature & culture.

The postgraduate degree is validated by The University of Manchester, one of the most prestigious universities in the world.

The MA Mission postgraduate degree programme is highly flexible and is normally studied full-time or part-time over one to three years. This means it is ideal both for those pursuing an academic vocation as well as for those currently involved in mission or ministry who need to juggle their studies with their church/mission commitments.

Structure and Qualifications

To complete the MA, students must complete any four units from the programme, and then a dissertation in their final year. Students can also choose to take a pathway with a more specific focus or complete the course at a distance by taking the online units. You can find a downloadable list of the units below, and you can find more information about the different pathways and units under 'Course options'. We may also offer additional pathways in future years. You can find a full list of approved pathways on the programme specification, which is available to download below.

Download our full list of units and dates here.

All units (except those delivered online) are taught in five-day (Mon–Fri) intensive teaching blocks, enabling students from across the British Isles, Europe and beyond to participate while remaining in employment.

Find out more about this course on one of our upcoming open days:


Standalone Units

Sam Erlandson (LMM pathway)

I have recently been appointed Vicar of St Paul's Church in Craig y Don Llandudno and St Hilary's in Llanrhos, as well as being made Mission Area Leader of Aberconwy (what they call Area Dean in the Church of England). This is a huge step for someone of my age, making me the youngest Mission Area Leader in Wales, and is in no small part from what I've already learnt and developed whilst doing the MA course at Cliff. I have really appreciated my first year with Cliff and am really look forward to continuing next term and continuing to reap the fruits of what I'm learning there.

Sam Erlandson (LMM pathway)

Empowering. Life transforming. Accessible. Brilliant.

Abby Clayton

I have thoroughly enjoyed the MA in Mission at Cliff College. I have benefitted greatly from the range of units, the quality of teaching, the opportunity to meet and work with other students, and the opportunity to study deeply into areas of specific interest. The process of essay writing has developed my academic ability and critical thinking, and the learning has deeply informed and inspired my vocation and Christian discipleship. I have felt consistently supported, encouraged, and inspired by the staff at Cliff, and am grateful for the opportunity to learn in an environment as deeply committed to mission and discipleship as it is to academic rigour.

Abby Clayton

It was stimulating, challenging, and practical and everything I hoped I would explore during ministerial training but never did.

Neil Mayne (PMTC pathway)

The MA experience has been a powerful journey through which I have learned much about my faith. It has been a rich tapestry of experiences, new knowledge, insights and challenge that has changed who I am as a person. I am definitely a very different individual to the one who started the course so many years ago. It forced me to overcome self-doubt and those feelings that make you feel like you don't belong. It has been transformative. I pray that many others take up the opportunity to study at Cliff and use it to frame their own journeys of faith.

Neil Mayne (PMTC pathway)

Thought-provoking, challenging and I would say potentially life-changing.

If you are ready to apply, you can download the application documents below – they should be returned to or to

Helen Phipps
Postgraduate Administrator
Cliff College
Hope Valley
S32 3XG

If you have any questions about the course or the application process, get in touch with us at

English language requirements for international students

For full details around English language requirements for visa purposes, please see English language requirements here. For this course, international students will need to achieve:

  • IELTS 6.5 overall, with a minimum score for the Writing element of 6.5 and no other element scored below 6.0; or
  • PTE Academic UKVI 59 overall, with no one element lower than 59; or
  • LanguageCert SELT B2 39 overall, with a minimum score for the Writing element of 39 and no other element scored below 33.

This must have been achieved no longer than two years before the date of enrolment on the course.

Employment Opportunities

Students completing a Postgraduate Certificate in Mission, Postgraduate Diploma in Mission, or MA Mission could be employed by churches in a voluntary or paid capacity to work in various capacities, depending upon their particular module focus, or chosen pathway. The PGT programme provides specialist training and expertise to equip students for a variety of areas. Students gain practical, academic, critical and reflective skills related to mission, ministry and teaching both within and beyond the Church. They will have gained key discursive and communicative skills throughout their training which will enable them to work well within numerous interactive working environments. Furthermore, their writing assessments will have given them the ability to work independently and to enhance their organisational, critical and evaluative capacities. These might be applied well within occupations requiring regular administration and writing, such as office environments, but especially in occupations in which a critical reflection upon practice is a regular feature of the job, such as with charity work, mission agencies, churches and civic authorities. The MA Mission provides a platform not only for the student’s own training towards mission projects but a platform for them to train others. As such, many organisations directly or indirectly involved in mission may see a candidate with an MA Mission as a valuable asset to them for the training and development of future leaders and workers.

Audit A Unit

You may also wish to audit one or more of our MA units, for experience and private learning rather than for accreditation. Please get in touch if this is of interest, or you wish to explore either by phone (01246 584200) or by email:

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