Graduate Diploma in Theology

Button for easy access to information about this qualificationThe Graduate Diploma in Theology (GradDipTh) are designed for those who already have an undergraduate qualification and brings vocational expertise and life experience into dialogue with critical reflection on the Christian faith. Students studying these programmes will deepen their theological understanding and discover connections between theology and the wider world, the church and missions contexts. Completion of the GradDipTh provides a potential springboard into postgraduate study. Graduates from these programmes have returned to their vocations, engaged in missions or community development work in local and global contexts, trained as teachers or moved into church leadership.

Students can study towards the GradDipTh on campus in Henderson and Christchurch or by Distance Learning. A selection of GradDipTh 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.

Click here for information about admissions requirements for the GradDipTh.


The GradDipTh caters for:

  • Graduates with a non-theological degree who wish to study for a theological qualification with special emphasis on areas of personal interest;
  • Graduates with qualifications in theology who wish to deepen their understanding of, and competence in, specific areas of ministry or theological study;
  • Those who, although without a degree qualification, have a proven background in experience and academic study deemed to be equivalent to a degree;
  • Those who have completed a degree in a non-theological area but who wish to bridge into postgraduate programmes in theology, such as the Master of Theology offered by the Laidlaw Graduate School.

Programme Summary

LEVEL 7, 120 credits
DURATION One year full-time, part-time options available
STARTS February & July
PLACES Open
CAMPUS Henderson, Christchurch, Distance Learning, some courses available at Manukau
TUITION FEE $6,084 plus Student Services Fee (120 credits)

Career Opportunities


  • Church leadership
  • Associate Pastor
  • Christian Writing
  • Intercultural ministries
  • Pastoral Ministry
  • Para-church Work


Objectives

The GradDipTh is designed to:

  • Extend a student’s understanding and skills in theology through academic instruction
  • Establish a firm base for further study at postgraduate level.
  • Develop the student’s ability to access and utilise a body of knowledge in application to ministries-related situations
  • Facilitate rigorous analysis and independent thinking, together with sound communication skills

Programme Requirements

The GradDipTh is a one year full-time (or part-time equivalent) programme. It is made up of eight level 5, 6 and 7 courses of 15 credits each. For students in the GradDipTh programme, course pre-requisite and co-requisite regulations may be waived.



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


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
SEMESTER ONE 2019 INTERNATIONAL APPLICATIONS CLOSE 17 December 2018

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