Each of the three streams of guided reading is individually tailored to your needs. It is perfect for pastors on sabbatical, Muslim community leaders, practitioners wanting to reflect more deeply on their work or students preparing for formal research.

1. Independent study modules

This stream is designed to fit into your degree requirements. We organise the content of the module in co-ordination with your university in order to accredit our teaching and provide assessment. 

You will be a student, at either undergraduate or post-graduate level, wanting to take on an independent study module at your current university.

Day-to-day, you will be part of our learning community while also receiving one-to-one tuition from our Academic Team as per your course requirements. Also, you will have access to the libraries of Oxford University and will be able to attend various lectures and seminars.

As agreed with your home institution, you will receive full credit for the work you do while with us.

The cost of independent study is calculated by credit hour and charged at a rate comparable to other UK-based programmes. Please contact us for further details of costs. Accommodation is available at a separate cost, and can be arranged through the Centre according to your needs.

2. Sabbatical learning

This is not a taught programme with a fixed curriculum and offers no formal qualification. However, for the self-motivated individual, sabbatical learning offers the opportunity to interact with experienced academics who will advise, guide and tailor the reading to your individual needs.

A video about independent study at CMCS

Sabbatical learning is for anyone with an interest and a passion for study in the area. You could be a Muslim or Christian faith leader seeking greater understanding of complex interfaith issues; an individual seeking knowledge and understanding of particular aspects of the Muslim-Christian interface; or someone who has completed undergraduate or post-graduate degrees – but wants to do further study.

You will at the very least receive:

(1) An initial discussion with academic staff to agree a relevant area of study and to determine what you want to achieve;

(2) A thorough topic-specific reading list and, if desired, essay questions; and

(3) One-to-one tutorials to guide and support your study.

The frequency of tutorials and the intensity of study is up to you: the stream is meant to work around your requirements and other commitments while still offering an opportunity to learn. It can be for as long as a year or as short as a week. It could be done on a full-time basis, or over a longer period by doing it part-time. This type of learning is about what works best for you.

The cost is £200 per week for tuition and the full use of our resources. Accommodation is available at a separate cost, and can be arranged through the Centre according to your needs.

3. Research support

This stream is for those contemplating further study at post-graduate level who would like support, time and space to think through what direction to take their research. It is a chance to share your thinking, even if it is at an early stage, and explore further with us.

You will be considering further study in areas related to the Muslim-Christian interface, but not 100% sure where your concentration might be, or where your real passion in the field lies. You could also be in the middle of your graduate studies and in need of some new ideas or new conversation partners.

You will at the very least receive:

(1) An initial discussion with academic staff to agree your needs and what you want to achieve; and

(2) One-to-one tutorials to guide and support your thinking.

Research support costs £125 per week for tuition and the full use of our resources. Accommodation is available at a separate cost, and can be arranged through the Centre according to your needs. Research support is available for as long as you need it.


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