MA in Theology (Christian Engagement with Islam)

  • Course Title

    MA in Theology (Christian Engagement with Islam)
  • Length of Study

    1 year (Full Time) Up to 5 years (Part Time)
  • Start Date(s)

    February 2021 September 2021
  • Principal Lecturer

    Revd Canon Phil Rawlings
  • Course Accreditation

    University of Manchester

Course Overview

The Christian Engagement with Islam pathway and the parallel Postgraduate Diploma or Certificate serves to resource missions and ministry, support continuing professional development and act as an excellent platform for further research. In addition, full-time and flexible part-time routes make study accessible for everyone – wherever you are in the world!

Many of the units studied through this pathway have been developed by and are taught by specialists from The Manchester Centre for the Study of Christianity and Islam (MCSCI). The Centre is a project supported by Nazarene Theological College, aiming to create a centre of educational excellence in the area of Christianity and Islam. MCSCI seeks to work through teaching, learning, resourcing, equipping, and facilitating encounter and reflection in multiple ways.

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Pathway Options

CT7630 Theology and Culture
PT7660 Urban Ministry and Mission in the Global World
ST7600 Urban Ministry and Mission
ST7665 Contemporary Missiology and Culture: Mapping the Landscape
ST7666 Contemporary Missiology and Culture: Emerging Issues
ST7670 Christian Approaches to Humanitarian/Development Practices


Students will receive a minimum of 180 credits while on this course.

Modules & Placements

Candidates must have completed ST6330 (Islam in Contemporary Britain) or its equivalent prior to entry.

You are required to take one of the following course units for the Christian Engagement with Islam pathway:

• ST7650 Christian Engagement with Islam

• PT7655 Studies in Christian-Muslim Apologetics

MA and PGDip Students also select up to TWO further course units from any of the MA pathways. Other electives within this pathway are listed in the Elective Units above.

For a full list and description of PG course modules download the latest supplement HERE (PDF 0.1MB).

The Master of Arts also requires that the subject area of the dissertation be undertaken in the focus area of the MA pathway.

Entry Requirements

Applicants would normally hold an honours degree in a relevant subject

Candidates for the Master of Arts degree must normally have a good honours degree in a relevant subject to be admitted to the course. Those who hold a good honours degree in a non-theological discipline may be asked to complete NTC’s pre-MA foundational course as a bridge into the MA in Theology (Christian Engagement with Islam). Details of this can be found HERE. Students are referred onto this programme as part of the MA in Theology (Christian Engagement with Islam) admissions process. Candidates for the ‘Christian Engagement with Islam’ pathway must have completed ST6330 (Islam in Contemporary Britain) or its equivalent prior to entry.

Those who do not have the formal qualifications necessary to gain entry directly on to the MA courses are able to apply to the Postgraduate Diploma or Certificate. The Diploma is identical to the MA in all aspects except that the PGDip does not require the completion of a dissertation and it does not require the same standards of achievement. The Postgraduate Certificate requires completion of TWO taught units (60 credits) including required unit(s), does not require the completion of a dissertation and it does not require the same standards of achievement. Students who wish to progress on to complete the MA may do so, provided they have performed at the required level.

Non-graduates may be admitted to the PG Certificate on the basis of academic work or a combination of academic and prior experiential learning which indicates that they have reached the level of academic standing equivalent to a graduate. Students who wish to be considered under these provisions should apply to the college for evaluation of their previous experience. In such cases, they may be accepted at the discretion of the Academic Board provided that in addition to the normal requirements of the course of study they attend such course units, prior to the commencement of the PG course, and complete such examinations as may be prescribed by the Academic Board in each case.

Applicants whose first language is not English

All teaching at the College is conducted in English, so applicants whose first language is not English need to demonstrate proficiency in English through completion of an IELTS test with acceptable scores. If you are a candidate for a postgraduate course, you will need a minimum IEL TS score of 6.5, or its equivalent, overall. You are responsible for arranging to take the appropriate test and for submitting the documentary evidence.

International students

We welcome students from around the world! Please read our International Students page for details of application and admissions for students outside the UK.

Fees & Funding

Course Fees: Course Fees: £6945 per year 2020-21 Full-Time rate for UK and EU students (see Fees & Funding page for details of other modes and international rates).
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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