Bachelor of Theology with Honours

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The Bachelor of Theology with Honours (BTh (Hons)) programme recognises distinguished study at undergraduate level (level 7) and extends that into study and research at level 8. This is a programme of study for those who have successfully completed three years of undergraduate study in theology and want to extend this into graduate level research and writing. This is a 120-credit programme of study (1 Year full time equivalent) consisting of three key components centered around research and writing.

Note: This programme is eligible for StudyLink student allowances.

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LEVEL 8, 120 credits
DURATION One year full-time, part-time options available
STARTS February & July
PLACES Open – Selection criteria apply
CAMPUS Henderson, Christchurch, Distance Learning *see note below

Career Opportunities

  • Church leadership
  • Paid employment in areas such as
    · Pastoral Leadership
    · Missional Leadership
    · Vocational Leadership
    · Lecturer
    · Researcher
    · Author
    · Para-church work
  • Professional development
  • Effective service as a church member
  • Personal Christian growth
  • Workplace Christians
  • Further study at masters and doctoral level

Postgraduate courses involve block course lectures. Attendance to these block courses is compulsory, with a minimum attendance of 80% for passing. If a student’s situation prevents them from being able to come to campus to attend in-person, they can seek approval from the Postgraduate Lead to enrol as a Distance Learning* student and attend the lectures via zoom.

*Note that Postgraduate courses do not have a full Distance Learning option - live engagement in the lectures is a necessary part of postgraduate study at Laidlaw. Video lectures are not produced to be watched in the students own time, so the Distance Learning option involves joining the lectures via zoom.

Graduates of the programme will be awarded the Bachelor of Theology (Honours) with First Class, Second Class (First Division), Second Class (Second Division), or Third Class.

Graduates will:

  • Have developed skills in advanced research and writing.
  • Be able to disseminate the results of advanced research to wider networks.
  • Engage in self-directed learning and advanced study.
  • Demonstrate intellectual independence, analytic rigour, and the ability to understand and evaluate new knowledge and ideas.
  • Demonstrate the ability to identify topics for original research, plan and conduct research, analyse results, and communicate the findings to the satisfaction of subject experts.
  • Be prepared for higher levels of academic research.

Graduating students may progress to higher level study such as master’s or doctoral studies.

Candidates will be admitted to the Bachelor of Theology with Honours programme:

  • Where the candidate has completed a recognized three-year Bachelor’s degree in Theology or Ministry, with a grade point average of 7.0 (B) in courses of the qualifying undergraduate programme at NZQA levels 6 and 7.

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