MA Christian Leadership


Leadership is about influence. Many Christians exert influence over others in all kinds of ways. Some are leaders in the Church setting, either ordained or otherwise, others exercise leadership in ‘secular’ positions. Others are preparing for lives or careers in which they will exercise significant influence over people, organisations and networks. At the same time, many Christians do not know how to link their faith to their sphere of influence. What does it mean to exercise distinctively Christian leadership in the contexts of workplace or church? What has Christian faith to offer as a model of leadership in the 21st century?

The MA Christian Leadership, validated by Middlesex University, is designed to help Christians become better and more integrated leaders in whatever sphere they are called to live. It enables them to think through in depth what Christian leadership looks like in a number of different spheres of life. It can be taken by anyone with a previous degree, whether in Theology or another subject. Non-graduates may on occasion qualify for admittance to the MA, provided they can provide evidence of equivalent experience or qualifications. Non-theology graduates, please note that this means that you will be taught alongside those with prior degrees in Theology, including students on our other MA programme, the MA in Theology, Ministry and Mission.

It has been designed with various people in mind, including:

  • Young graduate Christians setting out on careers in various fields
  • Theology graduate ordinands training for ministry
  • Clergy looking to take their learning further in CME programmes
  • Experienced leaders looking to reflect on their leadership experience as Christians


"The year has been fabulous - it far outweighed my expectations. Eye opening, heart and mind opening… The tutors have been consistent in their encouragement and love of the subjects they taught. And our group was remarkable: diverse, and yet united in our disagreement! Thanks, for a great year"

R L, Consultant Psychiatrist

"Some twelve years or so after having been ordained, it has been a joy and a blessing to be able to dedicate some time to study on the Christian Leadership MA programme. The teaching has been excellent; challenging, thought provoking, highly relevant – and often inspirational. The twin themes of theology and leadership studies both feed in directly to the calling to church leadership, and have helped me to stay refreshed and excited about parish ministry. Thoroughly recommended!"

J R, Priest in the Church of England

Students can study this programme at St Mellitus College, London and St Mellitus College, North West.

View the programme specifications here and the Middlesex regulations here.

If you have any further queries, please email us at [email protected]

The MA in Christian Leadership is quality assured by Middlesex University and you will receive a Middlesex award on successful completion.