Postgraduate Study at NTC
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.
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 (MA) programme consists of four of these taught course modules and a short research dissertation. The Postgraduate Diploma programme consists of only the four taught course modules. The Postgraduate Certificate programme consists of two taught course modules.
Full-Time, Part-Time, or Part-Time (Opening Learning)
Students taking the MA programme full-time will complete in one year. For those not opting for full-time, students who are applying for the UK’s Postgraduate Student Loan are considered Part-Time and must complete the programme within two years. Those who are not applying for this service are considered Part-Time (Open Learning) students, and must complete the programme within five years.
Modules at NTC normally follow one of two schedule structures, either as weekly classes throughout term time, or week-long ‘Intensive’ study sessions.
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, or February – May, and there will usually be eleven weekly sessions.
For the Intensive class format, in-class time is compressed into eight days of full-time study, normally running Saturday – Friday. The class schedule will be published several months before class begins, to allow students to complete both the core reading and the weekly readings before classes begin. Intensive sessions are usually scheduled in early January, and in early June.
Students would normally travel to Manchester to be resident on campus during these sessions, and NTC does provide accommodation for students at these times, subject to availability.
All students are welcome to take classes in either of these formats, though students who are not local to Manchester may find weekly classes practically difficult. To ensure a good student experience we aim to limit class numbers, so it is always recommended to pick your classes early to avoid disappointment.
Modules at NTC normally follow one of two schedule structures, either as weekly classes throughout term time, or week-long ‘Intensive’ study sessions. These modules are structured around ten two-and-a-half hour seminars, led by specialists in the appropriate disciplines. In-depth reading, group discussion and preparation of written assignments are all included within the modules.
PhD Research Programmes
Our PhD research programmes have established an enviable reputation for quality and rigour.
Specialist supervision is available in:
- Biblical Studies (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.