MA in Theology (Humanitarian Development and Social Justice)

  • Course Title

    MA in Theology (Humanitarian Development and Social Justice)
  • 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 Humanitarian Development and Social Justice pathway offers the opportunity for students to engage with an emerging theology of humanitarian practices – exploring the complex questions that emerge for Christians engaged in social transformation through acts of compassion and professional development agencies. It offers opportunity to explore with other practitioners the interface of theology, faith, cultures and development practices. The path supports the exploration of issues that emerge for those engaging in compassionate ministry and social justice through humanitarian and/or development practices. It offers the chance to engage in constructively critical reflection on, and engagement with, different approaches to ministry through social transformation.

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Pathway Options

PT7620 Theological Reflection
ST7610 Social and Pastoral Implications of Christian Holiness
ST7630 The Church and the City
ST7665 Contemporary Missiology and Culture: Mapping the Landscape
ST7666 Contemporary Missiology and Culture: Emerging Issues
ST7680 Community Engagement


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

Modules & Placements

The TWO required course units are:

• ST7640 Practices of Social Justice

• ST7670 Christian Approaches to Humanitarian/Development Practices

Students also select at least ONE pathway course unit from the Pathway Units listed above, and up to TWO further course unit from any of the MA pathways.

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

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 (Humanitarian Development and Social Justice). Details of this can be found HERE. Students are referred onto this programme as part of the MA in Theology (Humanitarian Development and Social Justice) 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.

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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