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Postgraduate Certificate in Theology (PGCertTh)

This course is available

On-Campus, Online

Level of Study

Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma


1 semester

Next start date

Expected Jul 2023


Laidlaw College


The Postgraduate Certificate in Theology (PGCertTh) provides an advanced level theological qualification for those who have already completed a recognised bachelor’s level or a Graduate Diploma qualification in Theology. This is a 60-credit programme of study (one semester full time equivalent) consisting of two taught courses.

Graduates of the programme will be awarded the Postgraduate Certificate in Theology.

Graduates will be able to:

Evaluate critically a wide spectrum of literature in each of the coursework areas and in the areas of the research undertaken.
Demonstrate mastery of the issues of debate in each of these areas.
Give a fair and informed account of representative points of view in each subject area.
Utilise sound hermeneutical principles in contextualising biblical theology within the subject area studies.
Demonstrate advanced skills of research, critical analysis and constructive synthesis and application so as to make a significant contribution to knowledge in their area of specialisation.
Reflect on the professional, ethical, and relational implications of their study for ministry in the modern world.

Graduates of the programme may progress to higher level study such as Postgraduate Diploma in Theology, master’s, or doctoral studies.

Graduates will be qualified to work in church leadership, pastoral vocations, church-based ministries, Christian writing, cross-cultural ministries, inter-cultural ministries, and/or para-church work.

Career Opportunities

  • Church leadership
  • Paid employment in areas such as
    · Pastoral Vocations
    · Christian writing
    · Church based ministries
    · Cross-cultural ministries
    · Inter-cultural ministries
    · Para-church work
  • Professional development
  • Effective service as a church member
  • Personal Christian growth
  • Workplace Christians
  • Further study at master's and doctoral level

Entry criteria

Candidates will be admitted to the Postgraduate Certificate in Theology programme:

Where the candidate has completed a recognized three-year Bachelor’s degree in Theology or Ministry, with a grade point average of 7.0 (B) in courses of the qualifying undergraduate programme at NZQA levels 6 and 7.
Where the candidate holds a recognized Bachelor’s level degree in a discipline other than Theology or Ministry and has completed a bridging programme such as Laidlaw’s 120 credit Graduate Diploma in Theology with a grade point average of 7.0 (B) at NZQA level 7.
In exceptional circumstances the relevant Academic Head may allow entry to candidates who hold Laidlaw’s 60 credit Graduate Certificate in Theology with a grade point average of 7.0 (B) at NZQA level 7.

Applicants for whom English is not their first language must have:

  • IELTS (academic): 7.0 or higher with minimum 7.0 in writing (conditions apply).
  • Pearson Test of English (academic): 65

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