Short Courses

Short Courses 

Short courses offer many ways to study. They are an inexpensive and flexible way to build towards the vocation you want or a good way to expand your personal learning and professional development.

Short Course Options

You may audit courses or take them for credit without committing to a degree programme.

Audit: For the Joy of Learning

This option means there is no coursework or assignments but full participation in the class.

    • Undergraduate course Fee: £90
    • Postgraduate course Fee: £270

Credit: For more advanced learning

Classes can also be taken for NTC credit dependent on completing successfully the coursework or assignments without committing to a University of Manchester programme. Up to 6 earned NTC credit units at level 4 can be transferred into the first year of a University of Manchester undergraduate programme.

    • Undergraduate course Fee: £225 for first 10 credit unit taken and £360 thereafter for each 10 credit unit
    • Postgraduate course Fee: £1575 Includes coursework and credit
    • Postgraduate course International Fee: £2150

All courses featured below are available to audit or to take for credit as short courses, and you can register for them by clicking the button below. If we are not currently offering a course you are interested in, we also offer non-validated short courses through our NTC Online platform and through Manchester Bible School.

Register for a January-Spring 2023 Short Course

January 2023 Courses

Courses marked ** indicate online options available.

Undergraduate Level

16th – 20th January 2023

  • Strategy and Management (ST6320)
    • Explore various approaches to management in the third sector, looking at the principles and practices of project management, including legal requirements and best practice in in establishing and managing voluntary and charitable organisations.
      • Monday – Friday, 9:15am – 3:25pm
  • Theology and Models of Evangelism (PT4103)
    • The module examines contemporary expressions of evangelism in the light of a robust Christian understanding of the gospel, and post-Christian contextual realities.
      • Monday – Friday, 9:15am – 3:25pm

23rd – 27th January 2023

  • Preaching (PT5203)
    • Students will examine and evaluate models of preaching from various perspectives: both traditional and non-traditional modes of preaching will be explored. Students will be given the opportunity to reflect critically on their own and others’ sermons, which be delivered within a clinic setting.
      • Monday – Friday, 9:15 am – 15:25pm

Spring 2023 Courses

Courses marked ** indicate online options available. Courses run from 6 February to 8th May unless otherwise stated.

Undergraduate Level

Biblical Studies

  • **Greek II (continued from Autumn 2022) (NT5302)

    • The unit provides further training in the Greek language which began in NT5301 and prepares students for using that knowledge in interpretation of the NT Greek texts.
      • Tuesdays, 3:40pm – 5:20pm
  • Jesus and the Gospels (NT4000)
    • This course offers an overview of the content, structure and theology of the four gospels. It considers the major currents of contemporary study of Jesus, Jesus’ life and teaching in their historical context, and the ways in which Jesus is interpreted within the canonical and non-canonical gospels.
      •  Tuesdays, 9:15am – 10:55am
  • Missional Readings of John (NT5004)
    • Explore missional aspects of John’s Gospel, highlighting issues of interpretation and the history of scholarship with regard to this gospel.  Both the narrative structure and the distinctive theology of the Gospel of John will be examined in light of recent discussions as to its missionary purpose.
      • Wednesdays, 1:45pm – 3:25pm
  • Psalms and Wisdom (OT5203)
    • An exploration of the ways in which the Hebrew Wisdom tradition attempts to address the problems of everyday life and of divine justice. It also looks at Hebrew poetry, especially in the book of Psalms.
      • Wednesdays, 11:20am – 1:00pm
  • **Story of God (BS4130) 
    • This course unit is designed to introduce the grand narrative of scripture with its focus on the mission of God from creation to the new heaven and earth.
      • Tuesdays, 7:30pm – 9:15pm
  • Studies in the Book of Hebrews (NT6307)
    • A close exegetical study of the text as a basis for an informed appraisal of the distinctive theology of the writer to the Hebrews.
      • Wednesdays, 9.15am – 1:00pm (with a 20 minute break)

General Studies

  • English Literature (AS4120)
    • This literature survey starts with the roots of English Literature in the Anglo Saxon period, and follows the trail of ideas through the middle ages and into the modern era. Students will engage with selected key texts from these periods, which offer an insight into the role of literature in society.
      • Wednesdays, 11:20am – 1:00pm

Christian Theology

  • Christian Holiness (CT6310)
    • A study of the issues involved in formulating a doctrine of Christian holiness based on Scripture in the light of the differing viewpoints held historically in the Church. A multi-disciplinary ‘Capstone Course,’ normally taken in the final academic year, the course assumes that students will have completed a range of advanced level units.
      •  Tuesdays, 9:15am – 10:55am
  • Creation, Sin and Grace in Three Modes of Theology (CT6300)
    • The aim of this class is to put into conversation and test against one another three modes of theology – Thomism, Girardian spiritual theology, and theology-as-literature – around three major doctrinal loci: creation, sin and grace. You should come away with a better understanding of the three doctrines, as well as an understanding of how systematic theology and experience should shape one another, and what that means for how we do theology.
      • Mondays, 7:30pm – 9:30pm
  • **Faith & Philosophy (CT4160)
    • This module considers the ways in which theology and philosophy interact to help sharpen Christian thought. Students will learn to think about their thinking, and consider the ways that philosophy and culture impact Christian thought and practice, whether positively or negatively.
      • Mondays, 3:40pm – 5:20pm
  • Knowing God as Spirit (CT5000)
    • Christians hold that the Holy Spirit enlivens and extends human faith and empowers them for the service of God. This course will examine Christian teaching about the Holy Spirit, with particular attention being paid to the life of faith and the life of the church.
      •  Tuesdays, 9:15am – 10:55am

Church History

  • The Reformation (CH6302)
    • This unit gives detailed attention to important historical and theological developments within the Reformation movement.

      • Tuesdays, 1:45pm – 3:25pm

Practical Theology

  • Understanding People (PT4180)
    • This unit will draw on perspectives of theology and the social sciences to enable students to understand and critically reflect on models of human development and community development within the context of youth and community work and Christian ministry.
      • Mondays, 1:45pm – 3:25pm

Social Theology

  • Contemporary Issues: Anti Racist Practice (ST4190)
    • This module is to enable students to explore aspects of a key social issue from an interdisciplinary perspective within an open evangelical Christian context and with application to contemporary social issues and the church.
      • Wednesdays, 7:30pm – 9:15pm
  • Contexts of Mission (ST4180)
    • The aim of the module is to give an introduction to identifying contexts of UK orientated mission, through evaluating contextualisation issues from a Biblical and theological perspective, current trends and localised factors. The course will enable students to learn how to identify diverse contexts and challenges of mission, and respond through appropriate methods, processes and relevant organisational structures.
      • Tuesdays, 1:45pm – 3:25pm
  • Power and Anti-Oppressive Practice (ST4170)
    • Description coming soon.
      •  Mondays, 11:20am – 1:00pm
  • Youth and Community Approaches (ST5260)
    • Calling all youth work practitioners hoping to hone their skills! This unit will explore the methods used in the practice of youth and community work and ministry.  Examples of relevant approaches include: group work exercises, one-to-one work, and mentoring.
      • 4 intensive meetings from 9:15am – 3:25pm (with breaks) on the following Mondays: 17th Feb, 27th Feb, 20th March, 17th April.


Postgraduate Level

  • **Holiness in the Christian Tradition (CHT7600)
    • This unit explores the lives and writings of a range of Christian theologians and movements to develop an understanding of the ways in which holiness in the Christian life has been envisaged. Particular attention is paid to the continuities, discontinuities, and developments in the understanding of holiness within the Christian church.
      • Mondays, 2:00pm – 5:00pm
  • Social and Pastoral Implications of Christian Holiness (PT7620)
    • This unit examines the fundamental approach of practical theology, including action research and a variety of models for theological reflection. The models are explored in detail and located within practical and theoretical ministry experience.
      • Tuesdays, 2:00pm – 5:00pm


NTC Online 

NTC Online is an exciting new initiative, of non-validated short courses, designed for persons who have an interest in learning more about the Bible, theology, church history, or ministry, but do not have the time, nor the need, to pursue a degree-level qualification*.

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Manchester Bible School

Manchester Bible School courses are suitable for Christians with a basic grounding in the faith, but who want to increase their knowledge of God’s Word to help them in their Christian lives and service. Some courses aim to introduce topics, while others will build on previous courses to deepen engagement with the topic.

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