Taught course


University of Otago · Division of Humanities

Entry requirements

Admission to the programme shall be subject to the approval of the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Humanities).

Every applicant must either

  • be a graduate, or
  • have alternative qualifications or experience acceptable to the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Humanities).

If your first language is not English you need to meet our English language requirements as follows: IELTS score of 6.5 in the academic module (with no individual band below 6.0); we also accept a number of other English language tests. Due to COVID-19, we currently accept Duolingo English Test (DET), IELTS Indicator Test, and TOEFL iBT Special home Edition.

Don’t meet the English language requirements? The University of Otago Language Centre "English for Otago" programme offers a pathway for Undergraduate and Postgraduate students to meet the English language requirements for undergraduate and postgraduate study.

Months of entry

February, July

Course content

The aim of the Postgraduate Certificate in Chaplaincy (PGCertChap) is to enhance chaplaincy in a range of contemporary settings through engagement with current scholarship into the practice of chaplaincy.

The Certificate is designed as a professional qualification for those who serve as chaplains in a variety of settings and who seek advanced professional education to enhance their work, and for those who want to train to be chaplains.

The admission requirement is a degree or equivalent three-year qualification (not necessarily in Theology) with satisfactory grades. In cases where a person’s prior qualifications do not include theological study, he or she may be required to undertake one or more 300-level papers in Theology in order to satisfy the prerequisites for specific 400-level papers in Biblical Studies (BIBS) and/or Christian Thought and History (CHTH).

The coursework consists of three 20-point 400-level taught papers. At least two of these must be core papers in the area of Chaplaincy. The final paper may be the third core paper in the area of Chaplaincy or a paper selected from a list of additional papers offered in the areas of Biblical Studies, Christian Thought and History and Ministry Studies.


The programme of study shall consist of either:

  • MINS 409 Chaplaincy Studies (Advanced)
  • MINS 410 Pastoral Care in Dying, Grief and Loss
  • MINS 411 Chaplaincy in Diverse Contexts


two papers from MINS 409, MINS 410 and MINS 411 and a third paper chosen from BIBS 413, CHTH 415, CHTH 416, MINS 405, MINS 408, MINS 412, MINS 413, MINS 414

Information for international students

Otago offers students an unrivalled campus experience and a vibrant, social student culture. The majority of Otago’s 21,000 students live, work and play in Dunedin - New Zealand’s only true university city. Otago is home to over 3,000 students, from over 100 countries.

Fees and funding

International students
NZ $14,402

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PGCert(Chap)
    full time
    6 months
    • Online learningis available for this qualification

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