MA in Theology (Ecology)

  • Course Title

    MA in Theology (Ecology)
  • Length of Study

    2 to 5 years (Part Time)
  • Start Date(s)

    September 2023 February 2024
  • Principal Lecturer

    Revd Stephen John Wright
  • Course Accreditation

    University of Manchester

Course Overview

The Master of Arts in Theology (Ecology) pathway offers the opportunity for students to reflect critically on the concept of environmental crisis as a theologically salient theme and to develop an awareness of different modes of theological response.  They will build a careful understanding of the questions that Christian thought and practice bring to contemporary environmentalism, and the ways human impacts on the environment illuminate Christian thought and practice.

The Quick Guide

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The core units for this pathway are ST7800 (Theology & Ecology: Creation and Crisis), and ST7801 (Environmentalism and Christian Spirituality).  Theology and Ecology asks what Christian thought and practice has to do with the ecological crisis: it examines relevant biblical texts, Christian theology from across a variety of areas, and field–based learning, in order to gain an awareness of the questions that Christian thought and practice brings to contemporary environmentalism and the ways that close examination of human impacts on God’s creation can illuminate such thought and practice. Environmentalism and Christian Spirituality brings together the tools of practical and historical theology in order to explore the emerging field of contemplative ecology. The class explores the challenges posed to the Christian practical theologian and some nuanced ways that Christian thought and practice might be brought to bear in this context.

This pathway is being offered on a part time or open learning basis only. Other units in this pathway are listed below, and students can also choose Elective units from any units on offer at NTC. Flexible part-time routes make study accessible for everyone – wherever you are in the world! Selected units will be available each year by videoconference, to enable greater flexibility, and reduce the ‘carbon footprint’ generated by international travel.

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

Theology & Ecology (ST7800) or Environmentalism and Christian Spirituality (ST7801 )

Pathway Units

  • Models of Theological Reflection (PT7620)
  • Christian Spirituality (PT7500)
  • Resilient Discipleship (PT7690)
  • Practices of Social Justice (ST7640)
  • Christian Approaches to Humanitarian/ Development Practices (ST7670 )
  • Contemporary Spirituality (PT7660)
  • Social and Pastoral Implications of Holiness (ST7610)
  • Community Engagement (ST7680)

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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 (Ecology). Students are referred onto this programme as part of the MA in Theology (Ecology) 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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