MA in Theology (Practical and Pastoral Theology)

  • Course Title

    MA in Theology (Practical and Pastoral Theology)
  • Length of Study

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

    February 2021 September 2021
  • Principal Lecturer

    Revd Julie Lunn
  • Course Accreditation

    University of Manchester

Course Overview

The Practical and Pastoral Theology pathway offers the opportunity for students to engage with a range of issues in the field of practical theology which emerge from and relate to the practice of pastoral ministry in a variety of settings.  This pathway will be of particular interest to any engaged in pastoral ministry and enables thoughtful, critical exploration of a range of issues in twenty-first century pastoral ministry.

The core unit for this pathway is PT7620 Models of Theological Reflection, which offers a foundation for sophisticated reflective practice. Other units in this pathway are listed below, and students can also choose Elective units from any units on offer at NTC. In addition, full-time and flexible part-time routes make study accessible for everyone – wherever you are in the world!

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Pathway Options

ST7900 Spirituality; Maturity and Aging
PT7640 Ability and Disability
PT7500 Christian Spirituality
PT7670 Developing Coaching and Mentoring
CT7630 Theology and Culture
PT7650 Prayer and Personhood
PT7660 Contemporary Spirituality
ST7610 Social and Pastoral Implications of Holiness
ST7640 Compassionate Ministry
ST7630 The Church and the City
PT7630 Church Planting
PT7631 Leadership and Change


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

Modules & Placements

There is one required unit for this pathway:

PT7620 Models of Theological Reflection

Students also select at least ONE Pathway Option unit from the Elective list above and (for the PGDip and MA) up to TWO further course units from any of the MA pathways.

For a full list and description of PG course modules download the latest supplement HERE

The Master of Arts (Practical and Pastoral Theology) 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 (Practical and Pastoral Theology). Details of this can be found HERE. Students are referred onto this programme as part of the MA in Theology (Practical and Pastoral Theology) 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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