Diploma in Christian Studies

Button for easy access to information about this qualificationThe Theological Studies strand* provides students with an introduction to biblical studies, theological studies and spiritual formation and prepares them to live out the Gospel of Christ, engaging thoughtfully and compassionately in the world.

The Christian Leadership strand* equips people to evaluate and deliver ministry programmes within their context, to think deeply about their faith, and to lead a wide range of Christian operations. Students are equipped with a biblical and theological foundation upon which applied Christian leadership skills are developed through internship in real life practical contexts.

Students can study towards the DipCS on campus in Henderson, Manukau, Christchurch, by Distance Learning or at one of our Partner Colleges. 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.

Students who complete the DipCS may staircase into the second year of either the Bachelor of Ministries or the Bachelor of Theology degrees. If this is envisaged then particular consideration must be given to the strand chosen so as to achieve an appropriate foundation for the desired degree.

Click here for information about admissions requirements for the DipCS.

*subject to NZQA approval


Programme Summary

LEVEL 5, 120 credits
DURATION One year full-time, part-time options available
STARTS February & July (Theological Studies strand only)
PLACES Open
CAMPUS Henderson, Manukau, Christchurch, Distance Learning, Partner Colleges
TUITION FEE $6,084 plus Student Services Fee (120 credits)

Career Opportunities


  • Church leadership
  • Chaplaincy
  • Church-based ministries
  • Intercultural ministries
  • Mission support workers
  • Ministry with service agencies
  • Religious education
  • Youth work


Objectives

On completion of the DipCS, students will have developed the capacity to tell the Biblical story, to read the Scriptures within their wider historical context and to understand a theological framework for life and ministry. They will have begun the process of developing the disciplines necessary both to maintain their own spiritual growth and to serve in leadership capacities within the church and in their communities. By the end of this study programme students will have gained the skills required to apply their knowledge in a range of contexts, including vocations in New Zealand and overseas.


Programme Requirements

The Diploma in Christian Studies is a one year full-time (or part-time equivalent) programme.

The Theological Studies strand is made up of eight level 5, 15 credit courses.

The Christian Leadership strand is made up of four level 5, 15 credit courses, plus two level 5, 30 credit courses. 



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

For Distance Learning:
Phil Cope:  pcope@laidlaw.ac.nz or 09 836 7815



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
SUMMER SEMESTER 2018-2019 BEGINS 26 November 2018
GRADUATION CEREMONY (CHRISTCHURCH) 14 December 2018
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SEMESTER ONE 2019

SEMESTER ONE INTERNATIONAL APPLICATIONS CLOSE 17 December 2018
SEMESTER ONE EARLY APPLICATIONS CLOSE 4 January 2019
SEMESTER ONE COUNSELLING AND TEACHING APPLICATIONS CLOSE 25 January 2019
SEMESTER ONE THEOLOGY APPLICATIONS CLOSE 1 February 2019
WAITANGI DAY 6 February 2019
SUMMER SEMESTER 2018-2019 ENDS 15 February 2019
SEMESTER ONE BEGINS 25 February 2019
ORIENTATION 25 February 2019
INTENSIVES WEEK 18-22 March 2019
MID-TERM BREAK 15-26 April 2019
GOOD FRIDAY 19 April 2019
EASTER MONDAY 22 April 2019
ANZAC DAY 25 April 2019
GRADUATION CEREMONY (HENDERSON & MANUKAU) 27 April 2019
SEMESTER TWO 2019 EARLY APPLICATIONS CLOSE 31 May 2019
SEMESTER TWO 2019 INTERNATIONAL APPLICATIONS CLOSE 31 May 2019
QUEEN'S BIRTHDAY 3 June 2019
SEMESTER ONE ENDS 28 June 2019