Postgraduate study

We offer a full range of postgraduate programmes in Theology.

A postgraduate degree in Theology equips you for further research in Theology and allied fields like Religious Studies. Tailored research projects allow you to explore the intersection between Theology and other fields like history, critical theory, politics, media, and the arts. Graduates have gone on to pursue careers in a wide range of areas, including teaching, charitable work, chaplaincy, church ministry, human rights advocacy, and journalism.

Masters and PhD students join a community of scholars working in the allied fields of Theology and Religious Studies. Staff are currently conducting research in the following areas:

  • Religion and popular culture
  • Religion and gender violence
  • Jewish literature of the Second Temple Period
  • Gender and queer approaches to religion and the Bible
  • Biblical reception history
  • Early Modern Christianity, especially the Reformation era.
  • The history of religious tolerance in the West
  • Sectarianism in the English-speaking world in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

Our postgraduate students meet every month for a seminar with staff and other researchers in the Faculty of Arts. They also join other programmes of seminars in the School of Humanities and the Faculty of Arts. Research students are encouraged to make use of the funding available to help them present their research at conferences in New Zealand and abroad, as well as to seek opportunities for publication.

Bachelor of Theology (Honours)

The Bachelor of Theology (Honours) will be suspended from 2017 and will not be available for new admissions after 2016. Students currently enrolled in the BTheol(Hons) who need advice about completion should contact the Arts Students’ Centre.

The BTheol(Hons) offers a range of advanced courses in Theology. These cover topics like method and theory in the study of Theology and Religion, advanced study of sacred texts and the history of Christianity. Under the supervision of expert staff you can also take a range of individually tailored courses of directed studies and research. These include a compulsory 30-point dissertation. You may also include up to 30 points from outside Theology, subject to relevant approvals.

The BTheol(Hons) is a stand-alone degree at postgraduate level. It may be taken after a completed BTheol or equivalent degree and is awarded as a separate qualification. The BTheol(Hons) may be used as the entry qualification for the one year MTheol.

Admission requirements

A completed BTheol (or equivalent qualification) with an average of B or higher in 45 points above Stage II, and the approval of the Head of Theology.

Required course of study

Consult the BTheol(Hons) schedule for the courses you may take and how to structure your study.

The Master of Theology

Programme overview

Master of Arts

The MTheol is a one-year degree which may be taken following a BTheol(Hons) or equivalent qualification. The MTheol is available as a Research Masters only.

Admission requirements

A BTheol(Hons) with at least Second Class Honours, First Division, or an approved equivalent qualification; or a Postgraduate Diploma in Theology with at least Merit, or an approved qualification. Admission must be approved by the Head of Theology.

Required course of study

The MTheol consists of a 120-point thesis, THEOLOGY 796 A and B.

University regulations for the MTheol

University general regulations for masters degrees

Other postgraduate programmes

Apply and enrol

To apply and enrol for postgraduate study, visit our page on how to apply.

Contact a Graduate Adviser

For more information on postgraduate study in Theology, contact an Adviser.