Bachelor of Theology

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The Bachelor of Theology (BTh) is designed to provide students with a solid foundation in biblical studies, theological knowledge and reflection. It provides an in-depth engagement with Scripture, Christian thought and history and equips students with the skills they need for pastoral and missional leadership, as well as other ministries. It is also strongly recommended for those seeking theological grounding for higher academic qualifications in biblical and theological studies. 

Students can study towards the BTh on campus in Henderson and Christchurch or by Distance Learning. A selection of BTh courses are available on-site at the Manukau campus; check the timetable. This programme also allows for a range of flexible learning options, including a combination of on campus and Distance Learning courses, as well as part-time study.

Click here for information about admissions requirements for the BTh.



The Bachelor of Theology at Laidlaw can be completed in two modes: 

General BTh
General BTh that has been carefully designed to offer all students a solid biblical, theological, and practical foundation while also creating space within it to include a wide range of courses. Students join a vibrant College life which includes chapels, community lunches, and other events. This leads to the NZQA BTh.   

BTh with Specialisation
Students may elect to enrol in a BTh specialisation.  Specialisations are a curated three-year plan of study focussing on a particular field of study.  The Specialisations that will be on offer in 2022 are:

– Biblical Studies 
 Christian Thought & History 
 Pastoral Leadership  
 Youth Leadership  
 Missions Studies 

All specialisations lead to the NZQA BTh and are open to any eligible student.  




Students who elect to enrol in a BTh specialisation also have the option of entering a cohort in 2022. Whether you are enrolling in your first year of study or already working towards the BTh, you can apply to join a cohort.  

Being a part of a cohort means committing to learning, growing, and journeying alongside fellow students engaging within the same speciality. Cohort students will have additional formation and networking opportunities during their programme of study, including additional time with faculty and guests, collective orientation and end of year gatherings, as well as two combined dinners with all cohort students during the year. Specialist content and vocational networking opportunities will also be included. Cohort students will work towards a non-NZQA Laidlaw Diploma of Leadership in their specialisation in addition to the BTh. An annual fee is charged, and entry criteria apply.



LEVEL 7, 360 credits
DURATION Full-time for three years, part-time options available
STARTS February & July
PLACES Open
CAMPUS Henderson, Christchurch, Distance Learning, some courses available at Manukau
TUITION FEE (per full-time year of study) $6,204 plus Student Services Fee (120 credits)


Career Opportunities


  • Church/ Pastoral leadership
  • Associate Pastor
  • Chaplaincy
  • Church-based ministries
  • Intercultural ministries or missions
  • Mission support work
  • Ministry with service agencies
  • Religious education instruction
  • Youth work




This programme aims to provide students with a solid foundation in biblical studies, theological knowledge, and reflection. It provides an in-depth engagement with Scripture, Christian thought and history, and equips students with the skills they need for pastoral and missional leadership, as well as other ministries.  

This programme will be suited to those who are interested in careers in church leadership, church-based ministries, youth work, cross-cultural ministries, inter-cultural ministries, mission support work, para-church work, service agencies work, and many other people-oriented areas.



*subject to NZQA approval



Click on the relevant campus timetable to find out when the various courses are taking place.

If you would like to discuss your study options or become a “Student for a Day” please contact: 
Brittany Hartmann: [email protected] or  09 837 9791 (for Henderson and Manukau)
Gill Pawson: [email protected] or 03 354 4270 (for Christchurch)




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