Advanced Diploma in Religious Studies

Course Overview

Level Equivalent to NZQF Level 7
Credits 120 credits (3 core + 3 electives OR 3 core + 1 elective + research project)
Hours of study required 200 hours per paper, 400 hours for research paper
Duration 1 year full time (up to 3 years part time)

Strategic Purpose Statement

This is a non-NZQA qualification and is designed to equip people who are in ministry with an in-depth understanding of religion and its impacts on society.

Programme Structure

To earn this qualification, students must complete three papers (20 credits each) and one of two options.

Option 1: Complete a research project (40 credits) and 1 elective (20 credits)
Option 2: Complete 3 electives (60 credits)

This programme can be completed in 1 year (full time) or up to a maximum of 3 years (part time).

Entry Requirements

Students must have met the entry requirements for a Level 7 programme or have completed the NZ Diploma in Christian Studies with a B average or above, or hold an undergraduate degree in a related field, or currently serving in church ministry for more than 2 years.
New Zealand Diploma in Religious Studies (DipRS, Level 7)
3 Papers (20 credits each) 
Option 1
Research Project + 1 Elective
60 Credits
Option 2
3 Electives
60 Credits


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.

Paper Requirements

Elective Papers

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.

RP750 Research Project in Religious Studies

Research projects must be on a subject approved by the Principal. Upon approval a staff member will be assigned to supervise the work.

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