Bachelor of Theology

The Bachelor of Theology (BTheol) is designed to provide students with a solid foundation in biblical studies, theological knowledge and reflection. It provides an indepth 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. 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. Flexible Study

Students can study towards the BTheol on campus in Henderson and Christchurch or by distance learning. 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. For any other information, please refer to the academic handbook (see e-book).


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
TUITION FEE (per full-time year of study) $5,856 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

Click here to view the requirements for the Bachelor of Theology programme.


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 2017

EARLY APPLICATIONS CLOSE 6 January
INTERNATIONAL APPLICATIONS CLOSE 6 January
ALL APPLICATIONS CLOSE 3 February
ONLINE ORIENTATION BEGINS 13 February
ORIENTATION (MANUKAU) 14 February
ORIENTATION (HENDERSON AND CHRISTCHURCH) 15-16 February
LECTURES BEGIN 20 February
INTENSIVES WEEK 20-24 March
GOOD FRIDAY 14 April
EASTER MONDAY 17 April
MID-TERM BREAK 18-28 April
ANZAC DAY 25 April
QUEEN'S BIRTHDAY 5 June
LECTURES END 7 June
STUDY BREAK/EXAMS 8-23 June
SEMESTER ONE ENDS 23 June

SEMESTER TWO 2017

EARLY APPLICATIONS CLOSE 2 June
INTERNATIONAL APPLICATIONS CLOSE 2 June
ALL APPLICATIONS CLOSE 30 June
ONLINE ORIENTATION BEGINS 10 July
ORIENTATION (MANUKAU) 11 July
ORIENTATION (HENDERSON AND CHRISTCHURCH) 12-13 July
LECTURES BEGIN 17 July
INTENSIVES WEEK 21-25 August
MID-TERM BREAK 2-13 October
LABOUR DAY 23 October
LECTURES END 30 October
STUDY BREAK/EXAMS 31 October -17 November
CANTERBURY ANNIVERSARY (CHRISTCHURCH) 17 November
SEMESTER TWO ENDS 17 November
GRADUATION CEREMONY (CHRISTCHURCH) April 2018
GRADUATION CEREMONY (AUCKLAND) April 2018