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COURSE OVERVIEW

Mission at Winchester provides a unique opportunity to develop your theological and analytical skills, enhance your creativity and reflect on mission practice and history in a post-colonial context – thoroughly equipping you for contemporary mission.

Taught by widely recognised mission practitioners with a passion for academic and missional excellence, this course is ideal for those already engaged in the area of mission and ministry, as well as those seeking professional qualifications and personal development in this area.

Mission is a multi-linear and applied discipline, with profound reflections possible from all perspectives. The course will offer you the chance to pursue meaningful historical and theological reflection, help you understand both the content and theory of mission, missionaries and agency, and enable those who wish to innovate missionary forms for new, emerging and challenging contexts.

As a multifaceted subject, missiology draws from a range of other academic disciplines and has much to offer in return. As a broad access MA, this course intends to enrich theological study and reflection with extensive related experience of students seeking professional and theological development, whilst simultaneously equipping students who may seek to develop a lifetime of praxis-led research and reflection.

If you choose to undertake the Portfolio option, you must complete a placement as part of this. Please note this placement is not arranged by the University; for international students, you must secure this placement before you apply.

Careers

A Masters degree is increasingly seen as an essential qualification for senior educational positions. The programme develops skills and knowledge for significant professional development.

Graduates may find employment in Christian ministry, work with development agencies and mission agencies, ordination or chaplaincy.

ABOUT THIS COURSE

Suitable for applicants from:

UK, EU, World

Learning and teaching

Start dates: September (January 2020 entry available)

Distance learning available: This course is offered as distance learning only

Students undertake structured discussion and debate through electronic forums and are provided with guided course readings and access to the e-resources held in the University library in order to complete assessments.

Assessment

Assessments take the form of reviews of literature, reflective accounts of practice in relation to research, portfolios, case studies or workplace-based assignments.

Our validated courses may adopt a range of means of assessing your learning. An indicative, and not necessarily comprehensive, list of assessment types you might encounter includes essays, portfolios, supervised independent work, presentations or written exams.

We ensure all students have an equal opportunity to achieve module learning outcomes. As such, where appropriate and necessary, students with recognised disabilities may have alternative assignments set that continue to test how successfully they have met the module's learning outcomes.

Feedback

We are committed to providing timely and appropriate feedback to you on your academic progress and achievement in order to enable you to reflect on your progress and plan your academic and skills development effectively. You are also encouraged to seek additional feedback from your course tutors.

Further information

For more information about our regulations for this course, please see our Academic Regulations, Policies and Procedures section.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Normally a first or second-class Honours degree or professional experience in the area of study (Christian ministry or mission).

There are additional entry requirements for Distance Learning programmes - please view the Distance Learning Policy.

If English is not your first language: IELTS 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in writing or equivalent.

Course enquiries and applications

Telephone: +44 (0) 1962 827234

Send us a message

International students

If you are living outside of the UK or Europe, you can find out more about how to join this course by emailing our International Recruitment Team at International@winchester.ac.uk or calling +44 (0)1962 827023

Applications need to be submitted before the 31 May 2020. Late applications can be accepted throughout the remainder of the application year, for more information see our How to Apply section.

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Year 1 (Level 7)

Modules Credits

Introduction to Missiology 20

This Module will cover the methodological framework for missiology: the five anchors of mission; an introduction to the history of mission and mission studies; mission, leadership and agency; congregational studies; comparative missiology, colonial and postcolonial contexts; and will include case studies, questionnaires, online discussions, a formative book report; and will be assessed with an essay.

Research Methods and Skills 20

This module builds is designed to facilitate the introduction to and the development of development of a rich variety research skills which will underpin the research and academic culture of the course, but also expose students to fields of enquiry and academic methodologies from a variety of academic cultures. It will be assessed by way of a Portfolio which will allow the students to demonstrate core competencies for the study of Mission, Missiology, Evangelism and Congregational Studies at a postgraduate level.

Independent Study Presentation 20

The Independent Study presentation builds students ability to research and present scholarship, develop presentational and communication skills, and grow in confidence in the transfer of ideas and knowledge. The module will be assessed with a presentation which must be given before a live audience or group, and recorded for assessment.

Dissertation or Portfolio 60
Optional Modules
  • Story of Christianity - 20 Credits
  • Philosophy and Christian Thought - 20 Credits
  • Mission, Church Leadership and Congregational Studies - 20 Credits
  • Evangelism and Apologetics - 20 Credits
  • Worship, Liturgy and the Arts - 20 Credits
  • Christian Mission and World Religions - 20 Credits
  • Christian Mission and Africa - 20 Credits
  • Christian Mission, History and Empire - 20 Credits

Optional Credits

Introduction to Missiology 20

This Module will cover the methodological framework for missiology: the five anchors of mission; an introduction to the history of mission and mission studies; mission, leadership and agency; congregational studies; comparative missiology, colonial and postcolonial contexts; and will include case studies, questionnaires, online discussions, a formative book report; and will be assessed with an essay.

Research Methods and Skills 20

This module builds is designed to facilitate the introduction to and the development of development of a rich variety research skills which will underpin the research and academic culture of the course, but also expose students to fields of enquiry and academic methodologies from a variety of academic cultures. It will be assessed by way of a Portfolio which will allow the students to demonstrate core competencies for the study of Mission, Missiology, Evangelism and Congregational Studies at a postgraduate level.

Independent Study Presentation 20

The Independent Study presentation builds students ability to research and present scholarship, develop presentational and communication skills, and grow in confidence in the transfer of ideas and knowledge. The module will be assessed with a presentation which must be given before a live audience or group, and recorded for assessment.

Dissertation or Portfolio 60
Optional Modules
  • Story of Christianity - 20 Credits
  • Philosophy and Christian Thought - 20 Credits
  • Mission, Church Leadership and Congregational Studies - 20 Credits
  • Evangelism and Apologetics - 20 Credits
  • Worship, Liturgy and the Arts - 20 Credits
  • Christian Mission and World Religions - 20 Credits
  • Christian Mission and Africa - 20 Credits
  • Christian Mission, History and Empire - 20 Credits

Please note the modules listed are correct at the time of publishing, for full-time students entering the programme in Year 1. Optional modules are listed where applicable. Please note the University cannot guarantee the availability of all modules listed and modules may be subject to change. For further information please refer to the terms and conditions at www.winchester.ac.uk/termsandconditions.
The University will notify applicants of any changes made to the core modules listed above.

Progression from one level of the programme to the next is subject to meeting the University’s academic regulations.

2020 COURSE TUITION FEES 

UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man

January 2020 start (19/20 academic year):

Full-time entry | £6,500
Part-time entry | £3,250 p/a

Total Cost | £6,500

September 2020 start (20/21 academic year):

Full-time entry | £6,700
Part-time entry | £3,350 p/a

Total Cost | £6,700

International Students

Distance Learning only.

January 2020 start (19/20 academic year):

Full-time entry | £6,500
Part-time entry | £3,250 p/a

Total Cost | £6,500

September 2020 start (20/21 academic year):

Full-time entry | £6,700
Part-time entry | £3,350 p/a

Total Cost | £6,700

ADDITIONAL COSTS

As one of our students all of your teaching and assessments are included in your tuition fees, including, lectures/guest lectures and tutorials, seminars, laboratory sessions and specialist teaching facilities. You will also have access to a wide range of student support and IT services.

There might be additional costs you may encounter whilst studying. The following highlights the mandatory and optional costs for this course:

Students wishing to attend an orientation in person may do so for three days at the start of the first semester. Accommodation would be for three nights in Winchester at their own cost. Two modules which will be taught intensively (Research Methods and Skills which will be taught as part of the orientation; Worship, liturgy and the Arts) may be attended in person, while this may be beneficial, this is not a requirement for the course.

Mandatory 

Printing and binding

We are proud to offer free printing for all students to ensure that printing costs are not a potential financial barrier to student success. The University of Winchester and Winchester Student Union are champions of sustainability and therefore ask that all students consider the environment and print fairly. Students may be required to pay for the costs of dissertation binding. Indicative cost is £1.50-£3.

SCHOLARSHIPS, BURSARIES AND AWARDS

We have a variety of scholarship and bursaries available to support you financially with the cost of your course. To see if you’re eligible, please see our Scholarships and Awards page.

Key course details

Duration
Full-time: 1 Year Part-time: 2 Years
Typical offer
Normally a first or second-class Honours degree or professional experience in Christian ministry or mission.
Location
Distance learning