We are developing an exciting research community of people who are, to varying degrees and in different combinations, practitioners, reflectors and academics. We are committed to cultivating fruitful conversation and shared learning at all levels to support missional practice in marginalised communities.

PhD Research cityscape

If you already have an MA and you still have burning questions about your missional practice then consider doing a doctorate with us. We are privileged to be joined by a team of nationally and internationally recognised supervisors, including Cathy Ross, Ash Barker and Stuart Murray-Williams, who are both practitioners and academics in their fields. Students can begin the PhD programme at any time during the year on either a part or full-time basis.

Take the first step by contacting Mike Pears, Director of Urban Life ( for an informal chat about your ideas or by contacting the supervisor you would like to work with directly.

For more information and for details of our full supervisory team download the PhD Programme Information.

Masters Programme

Our Masters programme is designed to enable the learning and development of Christians engaging in practical and radical ways in communities and places that are marked by all forms of deprivation and social marginalisation. The modules connect theological rigour with the lived experience of those in marginal places and explore the complex and fluid cultures and situations which describe contemporary urban life. The programme enables participants to develop their own practices and spiritualities, nurturing Christian involvement in demanding and difficult environments.

We offer modules on:

Modules are delivered by experienced practitioner-educators, and where possible they are delivered in a particular community context. Students can tailor their dissertation in order to pursue in-depth research on a particular aspect of their own context.

Unsure about taking on a Masters? You can register for a Taster module and carry the credit forward if you choose to carry on with the full programme. For an informal conversation about study contact Mike Pears, Director of Urban Life,; and for more information on each module, the course structure, and fees download the 2017-2018 MA Programme Information.









Linking with urban areas across the UK

...Glasgow, Manchester, Leeds, Bristol, Birmingham...