UniversityUniversity of Otago
This course is available
Level of Study
Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma
Next start date
Expected Jul 2023
University of Otago
The Postgraduate Diploma in Theology (PGDipTheol) requires one year of full-time or its equivalent in part-time study and may be taken in Biblical Studies, Christian Thought and History or Pastoral Studies. Candidates are required to hold a Bachelor of Theology (BTheol) degree in the major subject of the proposed programme with satisfactory grades.
Required coursework includes the completion of three papers at 400-level, and the writing of a 17,000 word dissertation.
The aim of the programme is to expose a candidate to advanced knowledge and skills in one of the sub-disciplines of Theology. Graduates of the Diploma are able to pursue careers in many fields, including education, counseling, and church-related areas.
The Postgraduate Diploma in Theology (PGDipTheol) is also available through Distance Learning.
Postgraduate Diploma in Theology (PGDipTheol) in Pastoral Studies
PAST 490 Dissertation
Three further 400-level PAST or MINS papers
One 400-level BIBS, CHTH or RELS paper may be substituted for one 400-level PAST or MINS paper.
Note: Some variations may be possible. For further details consult the University of Otago Calendar or the Head of the Theology Programme.
Structure of the Programme
a. Every programme of study shall normally contain the papers required for the Honours programme in the subject concerned.
b. With the permission of the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Humanities), a candidate may substitute a paper of another subject for one of the required papers.
c. The required dissertation must be submitted no later than 1 November of that year. Extension of time will be granted only in special circumstances at the discretion of the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Humanities).
Admission to the programme shall be subject to the approval of the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Humanities).
Every applicant shall either
i. have been admitted to the degree of Bachelor of Theology with an endorsement in the subject or subjects of study proposed, or
ii. have been admitted with the status of one who is entitled to proceed to the diploma.
English language requirements