Why join us as a postgraduate?
Postgraduate studies at Nazarene Theological College are richly resourced by the academic expertise of college faculty, the remarkable diversity of our learning community, and the valuable partnership we have with The University of Manchester.
Nazarene Theological College is an approved partner of the University of Manchester, delivering programmes developed by NTC, approved by and awarded with the University of Manchester. Postgraduate students are encouraged to make use of the breadth of resources that this world-class, Russell Group, university has to offer.
All of this makes Nazarene Theological College, Manchester an attractive option for postgraduate study and research, attracting Christian educators, leaders and thinkers from around the world.
The MA in Theology and parallel Postgraduate Diploma or Certificate in Theology is a taught programme with a range of study pathways. These can resource missions and ministry, support continuing professional development and act as an excellent platform for further research.
➡️ Programme Structure
Students on any postgraduate taught programme take modular classes at the same level. Each module involves around 300 dedicated study hours: a mix of lecture and seminar time, preparatory reading and study, and researching and writing assignments.
The full Master of Arts programme consists of four of these taught course modules and a research dissertation. The Postgraduate Diploma programme consists of only the four taught course modules. The Postgraduate Certificate programme consists of two taught course modules.
➡️ Programme Study Options
Full Time (1 year), Part Time (2 years), or Part Time – Opening Learning (3 – 5 years)
Students taking the MA programme full-time will complete in one year. Part time students applying for the UK’s Postgraduate Student Loan must complete the programme within two years. All other part time students are considered open learning and must complete the programme within five years.
➡️ Pre-MA Options
Applicants to the MA normally have an honours degree in a relevant subject. However, NTC offers a pre-MA course to help develop foundational knowledge in biblical studies, pratical theology, and theology to ensure you thrive in the MA in Theology programme. You can find more information at this link.
➡️ Class Formats
MA courses primarily run as weekly classes during Autumn and Spring terms. These are supplemented by our optional intensive residency periods. These modules are structured around ten 3 hour seminars, led by our world-class faculty.
Online or On Campus Modes
- Students can choose to study via either on campus or online modes. Online mode allows students to study in a live, synchronous classroom setting from anywhere in the world, joining alongside our Manchester-based students. Online mode classes are live, synchronous video conference sessions, meaning students attend class as its being taught during its scheduled time, usually afternoon/evening UK time.
- MA units will be taught in a dual-delivery format. This means online students and their on campus peers take the class simultaneously, allowing online and on campus NTC students to learn together and from each other. Online students will also have the opportunity to come to Manchester for an optional in-person Summer intensive residency period in June.
- On campus students may take up to one third of their degree online.
Weekly Class Format
- For the weekly class format, students meet once per week during the regular term time. The class schedule will be published several weeks before the class begins, so students know the core reading to complete ahead of time, and the weekly class topics and readings to complete each week before class. Term times run September – December and February – May with ten weekly sessions.
Optional Intensive Class Format
- For the optional intensive residency class format, in-class time is compressed into eight days of full-time study, normally running Saturday – Saturday. Intensive sessions usually run in early June. All MA students are welcome to travel to our Manchester campus during these sessions. NTC does provide accommodation for students at these times, subject to availability.
PhD Research Programmes
Our PhD research programmes have established an enviable reputation for quality and rigour.
Specialist supervision is available in:
- Biblical Studies, both Old Testament and New Testament
- Church History with a particular strength in Wesley Studies
- Christian Theology
- Practical Theology
For further information click below to find out more about PhD research and all our Postgraduate pathways.