Graduate Diploma in Theology

The Graduate Diploma in Theology (GradDipTh) is 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 this programme 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 further postgraduate study. Graduates from this programme 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. 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. For any other information, please refer to the academic handbook (see e-book).


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 intopostgraduate 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
TUITION FEE $5,856 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


Elective courses are selected from the BMin and BTheol course schedule.


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