What is the GSP?

The Guided Study Programme (GSP) is a flexible, research-based programme providing a great opportunity for you to reflect, explore, investigate and produce a significant and meaningful research output, at your own speed and under the guidance of a personal tutor. It aims to strengthen the mission praxis of the global church.

Is the GSP for you?

  • Do you have a burning mission issue you wish to research with expert support?
  • Are you seeking to create cutting edge ministry or mission resources?
  • Would you benefit from synthesizing your experience and knowledge?
  • Are you looking to reflect on a ministry or mission experience?
  • Is there an opportunity for you to contribute to the development of your mission movement or church through relevant and rigorous research?
  • Do you have between 3 months (full time) and 3 years (part time) to study?

Added value in doing a GSP with OCMS?

  • Oxford’s world class resources and the Bodleian Library
  • OCMS Programme for Research Induction (OPRI), introduction to research methods, resources, academic writing, research presentation, etc.
  • OCMS faculty for professional academic guidance and challenge
  • Personal Tutor providing a sounding board for thinking and research
  • Participation in a global community of scholars and mission practitioners

Eligibility Requirements

  • Master’s degree (or equivalent) in any discipline
  • Proficiency in English language
  • Minimum of 5 years’ work and ministry experience

Costs and Fees

Application Fees £30
GSP Fee £200 per month
Oxford Residency Fees £50 per week (paid for weeks in residence)
Costs of travel to, and residence, Oxford estimates can be provided

Generous Scholarships are available in case of need


Find out more at our Study with Us page.


Introduction to the Guided Study Programme at the Oxford Centre of Mission Studies