Bachelor of Theology

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The Bachelor of Theology (BTheol) 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 BTheol on campus in Henderson and Christchurch or by Distance Learning. A selection of BTheol 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 BTheol.


Programme Summary

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) $5,970 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

Objectives

This programme aims to equip students to live intelligently and faithfully in the light of the Gospel in the twenty-first century. As well as learning to think, research, analyse and evaluate, students’ lives will be shaped and formed through their engagement with Scripture and theology. They will be instructed in how to read and interpret the biblical story in all its richness and diversity, making use of the skills and methods of theological research. They will also work with a wide range of Christian writings, gaining an understanding of the historical and cultural contexts in which God’s people have wrestled with issues of life in generations prior to ours. Students will also be helped to evaluate and apply the Gospel to contemporary issues in the light of their reading of God’s word.

They will be assisted in addressing philosophical and methodological questions around Scripture, theology and the history of Christian thought and life both in other times and places and in the era of which they are part.


Programme Requirements

BTheol Programme Requirements


Timetables

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:

For Henderson and Manukau:
Sue Davidson: theology@laidlaw.ac.nz or 09 837 9769

For Christchurch:
Gill Pawson: chch@laidlaw.ac.nz or 03 354 4270


IMPORTANT DATES

SEMESTER ONE 2018

SEMESTER ONE EARLY APPLICATIONS CLOSE 8 December 2017
SEMESTER ONE INTERNATIONAL APPLICATIONS CLOSE 18 December 2017
SEMESTER ONE COUNSELLING AND TEACHING APPLICATIONS CLOSE 28 January 2018
SEMESTER ONE THEOLOGY APPLICATIONS CLOSE 2 February 2018
ONLINE ORIENTATION BEGINS 12 February 2018
ORIENTATION (MANUKAU) 13 February 2018
ORIENTATION (HENDERSON AND CHRISTCHURCH) 14-15 February 2018
LECTURES BEGIN 19 February 2018
INTENSIVES WEEK 19-23 March 2018
GRADUATION CEREMONY (CHRISTCHURCH) 23 March 2018
GOOD FRIDAY 30 March 2018
EASTER MONDAY 2 April 2018
EASTER TUESDAY 3 April 2018
MID-TERM BREAK 16-27 April 2018
ANZAC DAY 25 April 2018
GRADUATION CEREMONY (AUCKLAND) 28 April 2018
QUEEN'S BIRTHDAY 4 June 2018
LECTURES END 8 June 2018
STUDY BREAK/EXAMS 11-22 June 2018
SEMESTER ONE ENDS 22 June 2018

SEMESTER TWO 2018

SEMESTER TWO INTERNATIONAL APPLICATIONS CLOSE 21 May 2018
SEMESTER TWO EARLY APPLICATIONS CLOSE 1 June 2018
SEMESTER TWO COUNSELLING AND TEACHING APPLICATIONS CLOSE 22 June 2018
SEMESTER TWO THEOLOGY APPLICATIONS CLOSE 29 June 2018
ONLINE ORIENTATION BEGINS 9 July 2018
ORIENTATION (MANUKAU) 10 July 2018
ORIENTATION (HENDERSON AND CHRISTCHURCH) 11-12 July 2018
LECTURES BEGIN 16 July 2018
INTENSIVES WEEK 20-24 August 2018
MID-TERM BREAK 1–12 October 2018
LABOUR DAY 22 October 2018
LECTURES END 29 October 2018
STUDY BREAK/EXAMS 30 October – 16 November 2018
CANTERBURY ANNIVERSARY (CHRISTCHURCH) 16 November 2018
SEMESTER TWO ENDS 16 November 2018