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.

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Programme Summary

LEVEL 7, 360 credits
DURATION Full-time for three years, part-time options available
STARTS February & July
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 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


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: 
Fiona Sherwin: [email protected] or 09 836 7878 (for Henderson and Manukau)
Gill Pawson: [email protected] or 03 354 4270 (for Christchurch)

Key Dates

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