• Course Title

    BA in Theology (Biblical Studies)
  • Length of Study

    3 Years (Full-Time) 6 Years (Part-Time)
  • Start Date(s)

    September 2022
  • Course Accreditation

    University of Manchester

Course Overview

Full-time and flexible part-time routes are available. Full-time study is for three years and up to six years part-time. This is a great pathway for those looking to develop a vocation in teaching or ministry, or those simply wanting to study biblical studies in depth.

Close to forty different nationalities are represented in the College’s diverse student body. NTC welcomes students from outside the UK, either for full courses or for Study Abroad periods, and the presence of a variety of cultures enriches the life of the whole community.

The College has been approved by UK Visa and Immigration as a sponsoring body for visa purposes, and has been reviewed and approved by the Quality Assurance Agency under the ‘educational oversight’ provision.  Before the UK immigration authorities will issue a Student Visa for full-time study, they must be satisfied that students have been officially admitted and have the resources to finance their education. See more details at the UK Visas website.

Nazarene Theological College is an approved partner of The University of Manchester, delivering programmes developed by Nazarene Theological College, approved by and leading to an award of the University of Manchester.

Teaching and Learning Methods

NTC offers small class sizes, with classes ranging from 5 to 35 students. Most classes run in a weekly format, though students can take selected classes in short intensive sessions in January and May. Teaching methods include lectures, seminars and class discussions, oral presentations, group work, individual tutorials, directed reading, case studies, individual supervision, and student-led seminars.

Methods of Assessment

We try to include a wide variety of assessment methods throughout our programmes. Types of formative (non-credit bearing) assessment include class presentations, essay outlines, online forums, and group presentations, with feedback on these through individual tutorials, or written and oral feedback. Our Summative (credit-bearing) assessments include research essays, case studies, group projects, individual projects, personal reflections, book reviews, a limited number of module examinations, and a research dissertation.

Employment Outcomes

The BA (Hons) in Theology (Biblical Studies) contains much of the theoretical foundation for a professional qualification in pastoral ministry. Graduates with a good honours degree may proceed to postgraduate study in the area of biblical studies. Because of its available range of elective units which complement its breadth of theological coverage, it is also particularly useful as the foundation for a career in teaching Religious Education or related subjects. The wide range of transferable skills developed in this course ensure that graduates will find that a degree in theology is welcomed by many employers and that it is a good preparation for entry into a wide variety of professions. Recent graduates have gone on to become Pastors, Lecturers, School Teachers, and workers throughout the charity sector.

Pathway Options

A range of electives across all disciplines to choose from.


Students will receive a minimum of 360 credits while on this course.

Modules & Placements

Year 1: Required Units (80 Credits)

  • AS4010 Study Skills (non-credit-bearing)
  • BS4130 Story of God
  • BS4110 Introduction to Biblical Studies
  • NT4000 Jesus and the Gospels
  • CH4120 Church History
  • CT4000 Knowing God in Christ
  • CT4160 Faith and Philosophy
  • ST4180 Contexts of Mission
  • PT4130 Spiritual Formation

Year 1: Optional Units (40 Credits):

Any four 10-credit units at level four.

Year 2: Required Units (110 Credits)

  • CH5201 Early  & Medieval Church OR CH5306 Reformation & Modern Church (20 credits)
  • CT5000 Knowing God as the Spirit
  • CT5001 Knowing God as Triune
  • NT5202 Paul and His Epistles
  • NT5003 Missional Readings of Luke/Acts, NT5005 Missional Readings of John, NT5301 NT Greek (students complete 2 of the 3)
  • OT5201 Old Testament Law (students complete 3 of the 4 OT units)
  • OT5202 Prophets (students complete 3 of the 4 OT units)
  • OT5203 Psalms and Wisdom (students complete 3 of the 4 OT units)
  • OT5301 Biblical Hebrew (students complete 3 of the 4 OT units)
  • ST5250 Religions in Contemporary Britain

Year 2: Optional Units (10 Credits):

Any 10-credit unit at level five.

Year 3: Required Units (110 Credits)

  • AS6300 Research Methods and Dissertation (30 credits, in the area of Biblical Studies)
  • CT6000 Knowing God: Christian Hope
  • CT6310 Christian Holiness
  • PT6302 Theology of Mission
  • ST6305 Social Justice
  • 40 Credits in the area of Biblical Studies

Year 3: Optional Units (10 Credits): Any 10 credit unit at level six.

Entry Requirements

2 A-Levels (or equivalent) or non-traditional entry. Applicants whose first language is not English need to demonstrate their English proficiency. Undergraduate students need a minimum IELTS score of 6.0, or its equivalent, overall.

Fees & Funding

Course Fees: £8,400 per year (UK students) / £9,500 per year (non-UK students)
The College is supported by gifts and donations from Churches and from individual donors, and this allows student fees to be set at a competitive rate.

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