MA in Theology (Asian Christianity)

  • Course Title

    MA in Theology (Asian Christianity)
  • Length of Study

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

    September 2022 February 2023
  • Principal Lecturer

    Revd MiJa Wi
  • Course Accreditation

    University of Manchester

Course Overview

The Asian Christianity pathway of the MA in Theology offers the opportunity for students to engage with critical reflection on Asian hermeneutical practices and Christian history and its expressions in Asia, including but not restricted to those of diaspora communities. Christian theology has been articulated in distinctive and diverse cultural, religious, and political contexts of Asia since the 2nd century.

The Quick Guide

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All Christian theology is spoken with an accent because it is about God’s revelation in Christ as based upon the Christian scriptures. This fundamental text emerges in a cultural context which is not that of any of its twenty-first century readers. This pathway allows students to reflect on the contribution and distinct perspectives of Asian voices in the Christian tradition.

The MA in Theology (Asian Christianity) pathway and its parallel Postgraduate Diploma course both have four course units.  The Postgraduate Certificate course has two course units.  These course units are structured around ten three hour seminars. The seminars are led by specialists in the appropriate disciplines. In-depth reading, group discussion and preparation of written assignments are all included within the course units.

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.


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

Modules & Placements

You will choose one core unit, one pathway unit, plus any two units from across our MA options. You will be required to write your dissertation in the area of Theology and Ecology.

Core Unit

Biblical Hermeneutics in East & Southeast Asian Christianities (BS7700) or History of Christianities in East/Southeast Asia (CH7700)

Pathway Units

  • Research Methods & Literature Review (AS7595)
  • Contextualising Scripture (BS7610)
  • Christian Spirituality (PT7500)
  • Models of Theological Reflection (PT7620)
  • Socio-Cultural Anthropology for Missional Practice (PT7720)
  • Christian Engagement with Islam (ST7650)
  • Independent Study (ST7660)
  • Contemporary Missiology & Culture: Mapping the Landscape (ST7665)
  • Contemporary Missiology & Culture: Emerging Issues (ST7666)

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Entry Requirements

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.

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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 (Asian Christianity). Students are referred onto this programme as part of the MA in Theology (Asian Christianity) admissions process.

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.

Proficiency in English

All teaching at the College is conducted in English but we welcome International Students  from around the world.

Applicants whose first language is not English need to demonstrate proficiency in English by completing an IELTS test with acceptable scores.

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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.

Fees & Funding

Course Fees: £8,562 per year (UK) / £13,058 per year (non UK). This fee is split pro rata for part time study.
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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