MA in Theology (Christian Holiness)

  • Course Title

    MA in Theology (Christian Holiness)
  • Length of Study

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

    September 2022 February 2023
  • Principal Lecturer

    Revd Svetlana Khobnya
  • Course Accreditation

    University of Manchester

Course Overview

This pathway encourages critical theological reflection on Christian holiness, addressed from a variety of historical and contemporary perspectives, including Wesleyan tradition. It equips students to understand what this important concept is, how it is present throughout the Bible and foundational for Christianity, and why it is relevant for life today. The coursework and dissertation encourage students to delve more deeply into specific aspects of Christian holiness of their choosing.

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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.

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 Christian Holiness.

Core Unit

Christian Holiness in Biblical Perspective (BS7600)

Pathway Units

  • Contextualising Scripture (BS76100)
  • Christian Holiness in Pauline Perspective (NT7610)
  • Life and Ecclesial Context of John Wesley (CH7620)
  • Evangelical Revivals in Britain (CH7640)
  • Holiness in the Christian Tradition (CHT7600)
  • Theology of John Wesley (CT7640)
  • Christian Spirituality (PT7500)
  • Pastoral and Social Implications of Christian Holiness (ST7610)

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