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)

    February 2021 September 2021
  • Course Accreditation

    University of Manchester

Course Overview

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. 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 tracks a single discipline pathway across within Biblical Studies.

Full Time or 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. 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.

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Pathway Options

NT7600 Advanced Greek Texts
NT7610 Christian Holiness in Pauline Perspective
OT7600 Advanced Hebrew
ST7660 Independent Study


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

Modules & Placements

There are TWO required course units in this pathway:

  • BS7600 Christian Holiness in Biblical Perspective
  • BS76100 Contextualising Scripture

The student also selects TWO 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.

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. 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). Details of this can be found HERE. Students are referred onto this programme as part of the MA in 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.

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: £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.

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