The Wesley Studies pathway provides an in-depth examination of the history and theology of the Wesleys and the Wesleyan movement. It offers a systematic examination of the theology and history of John and Charles Wesley, and the Wesleyan Tradition, particularly in the 18th Century. 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!
The modules on this pathway engage with Wesleyan approaches in their broader historical context For example, the unit on ‘The Evangelical Revival in Britain’ looks at the place of the Wesleys and Methodism within the wider transatlantic Evangelical Revival.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.
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 Wesley Studies
Theology of John Wesley (CT7640) and Life and Ecclesial Context of John Wesley (CH7620)
- Literature Review (AS7595)
- Christian Holiness in Biblical Perspective (BS7600)
- Evangelical Revivals in Britain (CH7640)
- Holiness in the Christian Tradition (CHT7600)
- Pastoral and Social Implications of Christian Holiness (ST7610)
- Independent Study (ST7660)
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 (Wesley Studies). Students are referred onto this programme as part of the MA in Theology (Wesley Studies) 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.
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.