A postgraduate diploma can usually be taken at any time after the completion of your bachelor's degree.
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.
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Months of entry
The Postgraduate Diploma in Theology (PGDipTheol) requires one year of full-time study. Candidates are required to hold a Bachelor of Theology (BTheol) degree in the major subject of the proposed programme with satisfactory grades.
Required coursework includes the completion of three papers at 400-level, and the writing of a 17,000 word dissertation.
The aim of the programme is to expose a candidate to advanced knowledge and skills in one of the sub-disciplines of Theology. Graduates of the Diploma are able to pursue careers in many fields, including education, counseling, and church-related areas.
Pastoral Theology is particularly designed for students entering some form of church ministry. Papers in Pastoral Theology offer a multidisciplinary study of church life, offering students the opportunity to reflect on the practice of Christian ministry.
- PAST 490 Dissertation
- Three further 400-level PAST or MINS papers
One 400-level BIBS, CHTH or RELS paper may be substituted for one 400-level PAST or MINS paper.
Note: Some variations may be possible. For further details consult the University of Otago Calendar or the Head of the Department of Theology and Religion.
Information for international students
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Fees and funding
Qualification, course duration and attendance options
- full time12 months
- Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
Course contact details