Postgraduate Diploma in Theology

Button for easy access to information about this qualificationThe Postgraduate Diploma in Theology (PGDipTh) programme provides an advanced level theological qualification for those who have already completed a recognised Bachelor’s level or a Graduate Diploma qualification in Theology. The PGDipTh programme consists of taught courses. Also, students who successfully complete taught courses in the MTh programme amounting to at least 120 credits, but who do not complete a research project, will be awarded the PGDipTh.

Students can study towards the PGDipTh on campus in Henderson. Courses are typically offered in blockmode, allowing for students outside of the Auckland region to take part.

Click here for information about admissions requirements for the PGDipTh.


The PGDipTh caters for:

  • Candidates who have successfully completed a recognised undergraduate degree in theology or Christian ministries or have qualifications which, in the judgement of the Postgraduate Committee (PGC), are of an equivalent standard. A grade point average of 7.0 (B) in courses of the qualifying undergraduate programme equivalent to NZQA Levels 6 and 7 is required.
  • Candidates who hold a recognised Bachelor’s level degree in a discipline other than theology who have successfully completed a bridging programme of theological study such as those provided by Laidlaw College and other theological institutions or as approved by the PGC. Bridging requirements may be satisfied wholly or partly by credit transfer and/or recognition of prior learning.
  • Candidates who do not meet these requirements, or who do not have qualifications of an equivalent standard, whom, due to exceptional circumstances, have been granted provisional candidature into the PGDipTh by the PGC by enrolling in the Certificate of Proficiency. Candidature shall be confirmed after the satisfactory completion of one course.


Programme Summary

LEVEL 8, 120 credits
DURATION Full-time for 2 semesters, part-time options available
STARTS February & July
PLACES Open
CAMPUS Henderson
TUITION FEE $7,068 plus Student Services Fee (120 credits)

Career Opportunities


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


Programme Requirements

The PGDipTh is a one year full-time (or part-time equivalent) programme. It is made up of four Level 8 courses of 30 credits each.


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