The MA in Theology (Wesley Studies) and the parallel Postgraduate Diploma or Certificate offers a systematic examination of the theology and history of John and Charles Wesley, and the Wesleyan Tradition. The course 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!
Many of the units studied through this pathway have been developed by and are taught by specialists from the esteemed Manchester Wesley Research Centre (MWRC). This specialist Research Centre promotes and supports research on the life and work of John and Charles Wesley, their contemporaries in the 18th century Evangelical Revival, their historical and theological antecedents, their successors in the Wesleyan tradition, and contemporary scholarship in the Wesleyan and Evangelical tradition. This includes areas such as theology, history, biblical studies, education, ethics, literature, mission, philosophy, pastoral studies, practical theology, and social theology.
The MWRC is located on the campus of Nazarene Theological College and is affiliated with the Methodist Archives, housed in The John Rylands Library. These research centres provide magnificent resources for students and researchers in this field.
The MA in Theology (Wesley Studies) and its parallel Postgraduate Diploma course both have four course units. The Postgraduate Certificate course has two course units. These course units are normally structured around ten two-and-a-half hour seminars. The seminars are supervised by specialists in the appropriate disciplines. In-depth reading, 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.
Pathway OptionsBS7600 Christian Holiness in Biblical Perspective
CH7640 Evangelical Revivals in Britain
CHT7600 Holiness in the Christian Tradition
ST7610 Social and Pastoral Implications of Christian Holiness
Students will receive a minimum of 180 credits while on this course.
Modules & Placements
The two required course units are:
• CT7640 Theology of John Wesley
• CH7620 Life and Ecclesial Context of John Wesley
MA and PGDip Students also select up to TWO further course units from any of the MA pathways. Other electives within this pathway are listed above.
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.
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. 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.
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: £6800 per year (full-time for UK and EU students - see Fees & Funding page for details of other modes and international rates).
As a private college, NTC receives no support from government sources. 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.