Programme Overview

Find the right course for you.

Available online or on campus, our programmes combine practical experience and rigorous academic training by world-class specialists in their fields. Whether you are interested in joining one class or pursuing a PhD, NTC’s programmes have been carefully designed to empower you to grow, develop and respond to your call – whatever it may be.

Undergraduate Programmes

Certificate in Theology

The certificate offers a great foundation in theological education as a preparation for Christian service. The certificate can be studied over one year (full-time) or two years (part-time)

Diploma of Higher Education in Theology

The diploma can be studied over two years (full-time) or up to four years (part-time). Diploma students can use their diploma as the first level towards the BA (Hons), and BA (Hons) students can exit the BA (Hons) and receive this qualification. The diploma also has a Youth Ministry pathway which includes a placement.

Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Theology

Our BA (Hons) can be studied full-time over three years and up to six years part-time. In addition to this core course, there are three pathways you may choose: Biblical Studies, Practical Theology, and Youth and Community.

Postgraduate Programmes

Postgraduate Certificate in Theology

The postgraduate certificate consists of two modules of our various MA in Theology pathways and does not require a dissertation.

Postgraduate Diploma in Theology

 Our postgraduate diploma consists of the same four modules in our various MA in Theology pathways, but the diploma does not require the MA dissertation.

Master of Arts in Theology

Our MA in Theology is a taught programme with 13 different pathways. These can resource missions and ministry, support continuing professional development and act as an excellent platform for further research. The full MA programme consists of four of these taught course modules and a research dissertation

Doctor of Philosophy

NTC offers research supervision for PhD in collaboration with University of Manchester who awards the degree. Students are required to stay in residency for three weeks a year.

Find the right way to study.

Online or On Campus

For our undergraduate and taught postgraduate degrees, we offer on campus and online classes. Online classes are live, synchronous video conference sessions, meaning students attend live class sessions during its scheduled time, usually afternoon or evening UK time. Some classes are limited to online students whilst others, called dual delivery classes, have both on campus and online students in one class. On campus classes are traditional, in person classes hosted on our Manchester campus. Find out more details on the undergraduate or postgraduate pages or check out our online learning FAQ.

All classes follow NTC’s academic year which has two semesters: Autumn (13 weeks) and Spring (14 weeks) along with summer intensives. Both full time and part time students can take a class within the one-week intensive period for undergraduates or one to two week intensive period for postgraduates (MA).

Short Courses

NTC welcomes students wanting to take a class or two without committing to a programme. We call these classes short courses, and nearly every class we offer is available to take as a short course. Here’s how it works: check the current course schedule at this link and register at before the semester begins by filling out this form. You’ll need to pay a small fee which you can find on our fees page. You can choose to take the class for credit or simply audit the class. Credit earned can later be transferred into a certificate, diploma, or full degree course. If you have questions about short courses, please email Heidi Wright, our registrar.

Transferring Credits to NTC (APEL)

NTC operates within the transfer of credit policies of the University of Manchester, called Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL). You can see their policies in this document here. NTC can consider up to 120 credits for the BA (Hons) or up to 60 credits for the MA. A maximum time limit of 5 years should apply between the original award and any consideration of APEL.