Diploma in Christian Studies

Button for easy access to information about this qualificationThe Diploma in Christian Studies (DipCS) encourages students to develop a deeper understanding of the Biblical story and reflect upon Christian life and faith. The DipCS provides students with an introduction to Biblical studies, theological studies and spiritual formation, preparing them to live out the Gospel of Christ, engaging thoughtfully and compassionately in the world.

Students can study towards the DipCS on campus in Henderson, Manukau, 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.

Students who complete the DipCS may staircase into the second year of either the Bachelor of Theology or the Bachelor of Ministries.

Click here for information about admissions requirements for the DipCS. For any other information, please refer to the academic handbook (see e-book).


Programme Summary

LEVEL 5, 120 credits
DURATION One year full-time, part-time options available
STARTS February & July
PLACES Open
CAMPUS Henderson, Manukau, Christchurch, Distance Learning
TUITION FEE $5,856 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. It is made up of eight level 5, 15 credit courses comprising four core courses and four courses specific to the chosen track.

The DipCS can be completed in one of the following tracks:


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 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

SEMESTER ONE 2018

EARLY APPLICATIONS CLOSE 8 December 2017
INTERNATIONAL APPLICATIONS CLOSE 18 December 2017
COUNSELLING AND TEACHING APPLICATIONS CLOSE 28 January 2018
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