MA in Theology (Transforming Leadership)

  • Course Title

    MA in Theology (Transforming Leadership)
  • Length of Study

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

    September 2022 February 2023
  • Principal Lecturer

    Peter Rae
  • Course Accreditation

    University of Manchester

Course Overview

Many Christian leaders understand that the contexts in which they serve are undergoing deep and lasting change. They want to take the organisations that they lead through processes which will help them to respond appropriately to this. They are interested in understanding the changing socio-cultural context, in identifying the importance of social and human capital in the process of leadership development, and in developing the skills and capacities to lead these change processes. The Transforming Leadership pathway serves to resource missions and ministry, support continuing professional development and act as an excellent platform for further research.

The Quick Guide

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This pathway is intended for those who have some experience of leadership as Christians in churches, charities or other organisational contexts, on which the learning and study process can then build. It will be characterised by a strong emphasis on reflective learning based on both prior experience and peer learning. Students will be able to integrate this reflective learning with new knowledge and apply it to new situations.

Several units on this pathway are delivered in collaboration with our partners at the Seedbeds School for Urban Leadership.

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 Leadership.

Core Unit

Leadership and Change (PT7631)

Pathway Units

  • Literature Review (AS7595)
  • Theology and Culture (CT7630)
  • Models of Theological Reflection (PT7620)
  • Leading Enterprises (PT7632)
  • Social Entrepreneurship (PT7633)
  • Urban Ministry and Mission in the Global World (PT7660)
  • Developing Coaching and Mentoring (PT7670)
  • Resilient Discipleship (PT7690)
  • Urban Ministry and Mission (ST7600)
  • Contextualising Theological Education (ST7620)
  • The Church and the City (STT7630)
  • Practices of Social Justice (ST7640)
  • Independent Study (ST7660)
  • Contemporary Missiology and Culture: Mapping the Landscape (ST7665)
  • Contemporary Missiology and Culture: Emerging Issues (ST7666)
  • Christian Approaches to Humanitarian/Development Practices (ST7670)
  • Community Engagement (ST7680)

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