The discipline based pathway of the MA in Theology 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. Specialisms include, Church History and Theology. In addition, full-time and flexible part-time routes make study accessible for everyone – wherever you are in the world!
The pathway and the parallel Postgraduate Diploma courses each have four course units. These course units are structured around ten two-and-a-half hour seminars. The seminars are facilitated by specialists in the appropriate disciplines. In-depth reading, seminar presentations, group discussion and preparation of written assignments are all included within the course units. This pathway of the general MA in Theology does not follow a nominated pathway, but rather tracks a single discipline pathway across the MA: this could be Theology or Church History.
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
The one required course unit is determined by the MA admissions committee, and will be linked to the student’s chosen area of specialism/pathway (e.g., if the student’s specialism is Theology, the required unit might be ‘CT7610: Christian Holiness in Theological Perspective).
The student also selects THREE elective course units (or ONE elective course unit in the case of the Postgraduate Certificate) from the MA range, at least ONE of which relates to the student’s area of specialism (e.g., if the student’s specialism is Christian Theology, the elective unit/s might include ‘Theology & Culture,’ ‘John Wesley’s Concept of Christian Perfection’, ‘Contextualising Theological Education’, or the ‘Literature Review’).
The Master of Arts also requires that the subject area of the dissertation be undertaken in the focus area of the MA pathway.
For a full list and description of PG course modules download the latest supplement HERE (PDF 0.1MB).
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 (Discipline based: Church History or Theology). Details of this can be found HERE. Students are referred onto this programme as part of the MA in Theology (Discipline based: Church History or Theology) 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.
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.