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.




Laidlaw School of Theology are thrilled to be launching specialist cohorts in 2022 for the Bachelor of Theology. Whether you are enrolling in your first year, or already working towards the Bachelor, you can apply to join a cohort. Being a part of a cohort means committing to learn, grow, and journey alongside fellow students who are all 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.



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.






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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