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MA in Theology

  • Course Title

    MA in Theology
  • Length of Study

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

    September 2019 January 2020
  • Course Accreditation

    University of Manchester

Course Overview

The MA in Theology and the parallel Postgraduate Diploma or Certificate in Theology have nine pathways to choose from. The various pathways serve 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!

9 pathways to choose from:

  1. Aspects of Christian Holiness
  2. Global Mission and Culture
  3. Wesley Studies
  4. Urban Mission (available in Manchester and Glasgow)
  5. Compassionate Ministry and Humanitarian/Development Practices
  6. Christian Engagement with Islam
  7. Transforming Leadership
  8. Practical and Pastoral Theology
  9. Biblical Studies

Discipline-based pathway: Choose a focus in Christian Theology, Church History and build a pattern of course units around a chosen specialism. This is particularly valuable for students who are intending to pursue postgraduate research.

Part-Time Study

The College has developed two part-time modes of study for these degrees. For those who are close to the College, regular attendance at the College taking one course unit per semester may be the preferred method (or students may choose to take one in the January or June intensive sessions). Students could complete the course units in two years and, in the case of MA candidates, devote time to the dissertation.

For those who are not near the College, a short, concentrated period of study may be preferable. The College has arranged a two-week long period in residence for each course unit preceded by preparation, and succeeded by completion of written work. Students electing to follow this distance-learning route may take up to two course units each year, in the two-week Summer term (May/June) and/or the two-week January term. The College is also developing a range of weekend and evening options, for those whose employment does not allow study by other means.

The content and assessment of the part-time mode are identical to the full-time mode.

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

There are a range of modules from which to choose, depending on your study pathway. These include: Christian Holiness in Biblical Perspective, Theology of John Wesley, Literature Review, Pastoral and Social Implications of Christian Holiness, Theology & Culture, Pauline Perspectives in Christian Holiness, Urban Ministry and Mission: Foundations, Theological Engagement with Islam, Humanitarian/Development Practices, The Church and the City.

Each Master of Arts (and PG Cert/PGDip) pathway requires the student to complete at least ONE required unit, and a second unit in that study area.  The Master of Arts also requires that the subject area of the dissertation be undertaken in the focus area of the MA track.  For MA and PGDip candidates, two further units will be taken from the pathway OR from an alternative MA/PGDip pathway.

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

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.  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: £6800 per year (full-time for UK and EU students - see Fees & Funding page for details of other modes and international rates).
As a private college, NTC receives no support from government sources. 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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