Master of Theology

The Master of Theology (MTh) programme provides an advanced level theological qualification for those who have already completed a recognised Bachelor’s level degree in theology and want to upgrade their qualifications in a specific area or extend their understanding of Christian ministries. The MTh combines a programme of taught courses and written thesis or dissertation. The degree provides opportunity for Master’s level biblical and theological study related to the fields of Biblical Studies, Christian Thought and History, Mission and Pastoral Studies and Professional Studies.

Students can study towards the MTh on campus in Henderson. Courses are typically offered in block-mode, allowing for students outside of the Auckland region to partake. Students who successfully complete the first year of the MTh, but do not wish to continue to second year studies, will be awarded a level 8 Postgraduate Diploma in Theology.

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


Programme Summary

LEVEL 9 - 120, 180 or 240 credits
DURATION Full-time for 2-4 semesters, part-time options available
PLACES Open
CAMPUS Henderson
TUITION FEE (per full-time year of study) $6,666 plus Student Services Fee (120 credits)

Career Opportunities


  • Enter or return to church and mission leadership roles
  • Go on to doctoral study as preparation for a teaching career
  • Bring theological insight to business, community service, education and the arts

Structure

The Master of Theology Degree is at least 240 credits except where:

  • it builds on a Bachelor’s Degree with Honours or an equivalent qualification, or significant relevant professional experience, in which cases it can be fewer than 240 but no fewer than 120 credits of which no less than 90 must be at NZQA level 9.
  • it builds on a three-year bachelor’s degree or an equivalent qualification completed at with a Grade Point average of at least 7.0 (B)in level 6 & 7 courses, in which cases it can be fewer than 240 but no fewer than 180 credits of which no less than 60 must be at NZQA level 9.

Objectives

On completion of the MTh programme, students should be able to:

  • evaluate critically a wide spectrum of literature in each of the coursework areas and in the areas of the research undertaken;
  • demonstrate mastery of the issues of debate in each of these areas;
  • give a fair and informed account of representative points of view in each subject area
  • write a coherent narrative survey which is internally consistent, interacts critically with central issues, and demonstrates ability to form a reasoned opinion;
  • utilise sound hermeneutical principles in contextualising biblical theology within the subject areas studied;
  • demonstrate advanced skills of research, critical analysis and constructive synthesis, and application so as to make a significant contribution to knowledge in their area of specialisation;
  • demonstrate the distinctive contribution of biblical and theological principles to central issues in their subject areas;
  • participate in the international academic discussion of their field of study with a competence appropriate to Master’s level
  • reflect on the professional, ethical and relational implications of their study for ministry in the modern world

Programme Requirements

Accelerated Completion

Graduates in Theology can complete the Master of Theology programme in 180 credits (3 semesters full-time)

  • The MTh degree may be completed with 180 credits where the candidate has completed a recognised 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.

Standard Completion

  • The MTh degree requires 240 credits where the candidate holds a recognised Bachelor’s level degree in a discipline other than Theology or Ministry and has completed a bridging programme such as Laidlaw’s 120 credit Graduate Diploma in Theology with a grade point average of 7.0 (B) at NZQA level 7.

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