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Purpose Statement

This level 7 Diploma is designed to equip people who are in ministry with an in-depth understanding of religion and it’s impact on society.


Programme Structure

To earn this qualification, one must complete three papers (20 credits each = 60 credits) and one of two options: (i) research project (40 credits) + 1 elective (20 credits), or (ii) 3 electives (60 credits). Both full-time and part-time options are available.  The full-time option requires a candidate to complete all requirements within one year. The part time option allows a maximum tenure of three years.




Graduate Profile

Graduates will be able to:  

  • Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the religious landscape of New Zealand.

  • Engage critically with issues related to religion

  • Research and critically evaluate the intersection of religion and society and how they relate together.

  • Analyse the social political situation with reference to ministry. 






RS710 Understanding Religious Studies (20 credits)

RS711 Religion in Aotearoa (20 credits) OR  RS712 Ecumensim in Aotearoa (20 credits)

RS731 Research Methodolgy (20 credits)




Students are required to do 3 electives or alternatively, write a research project on a subject approved by the Principal. Upon approval, a staff member will be assigned to supervise the work.

Click here for paper descriptions and information on available electives in religious studies.