MA in Theology (Biblical Studies)

  • Course Title

    MA in Theology (Biblical Studies)
  • Length of Study

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

    September 2022 February 2023
  • Principal Lecturer

    Samuel Hildebrandt
  • Course Accreditation

    University of Manchester

Course Overview

The Biblical Studies pathway of our MA Theology facilitates that particular personal and communal engagement with Scripture that is at the heart of pastoral ministry and doctoral study. Whether in full-time mode or along a more flexible part-time route, students can enjoy excellent teaching of Hebrew and Greek as well as seminar-based discussions about the Bible, in its world and in ours.

The Quick Guide

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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 tracks a single discipline pathway across within Biblical Studies.

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. Full time students complete the course over twelve months.

For those who are not near the College, a short, concentrated period of study may be preferable. The College has arranged a weeklong 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 Summer term (May/June) and/or the January term. The College also is developing a range of weekend and evening options, for those whose employment does not allow study by other means. 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. In practice, this means the two required units will make up the compulsory core and pathway options for this course. You will be required to write your dissertation in the area of Biblical Studies.

Core Unit

Christian Holiness in Biblical Perspective (BS7600) and Contextualising Scripture (BS76100)

Pathway Units

  • Literature Review (AS7595)
  • Biblical Hermeneutics in East & Southeast Asian Christianities (BS7700)
  • Advanced Greek Texts (NT7600)
  • Christian Holiness in Pauline Perspective (NT7610)
  • Advanced Hebrew (OT7600)
  • Independent Study (ST7660)

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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 (Biblical Studies). Students are referred onto this programme as part of the MA in Theology (Biblical Studies) 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: £7,700 per year (UK) / £11,700 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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