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Postgraduate Diploma in Ministry (PGDipMin)


Apply for the Postgraduate Diploma in Ministry (PGDipMin) through the Dunedin campus in 2015

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The Postgraduate Diploma in Ministry (PGDipMin) requires one year of full-time or its equivalent in part-time study. The aim of the diploma is to enhance contemporary ministries through the incorporation of current scholarship into the practice of ministry.

The admission requirement is a degree or equivalent three-year qualification in Theology with satisfactory grades. The coursework consists of six taught papers at 400-level, of which three are praxis-based in Ministry Studies and three are selected from papers offered in Biblical Studies, Christian Thought and History and Pastoral Studies.

The diploma is designed to enhance a graduate's professional practice in a range of Christian ministries.

The Postgraduate Diploma in Ministry (PGDipMin) is also available through Distance Learning.

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Programme Requirements

Postgraduate Diploma in Ministry (PGDipMin)


Six papers with a value of 120 points:

  • Three from:
    • BIBS 411 Hebrew Old Testament Exegesis (Advanced),
    • BIBS 413 God, Suffering and Justice (Advanced),
    • BIBS 421 Greek New Testament Exegesis (Advanced),
    • CHTH 402 Advanced Studies in Church History,
    • CHTH 411 Contemporary Christian Theology,
    • CHTH 413 Public Theology: God in the Public Square; and
  • Three from:
    • MINS 403 Theological Reflection,
    • MINS 405 Special Topic: The Missional Church,
    • MINS 406 Leadership in Congregations,
    • MINS 407 Preaching and Communication in a Contemporary Context.

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Regulations for the Postgraduate Diploma in Ministry (PGDipMin)

  1. Admission to the Programme

    1. Admission to the programme shall be subject to the approval of the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Humanities).
    2. Every applicant must either
      1. have been admitted to a degree in Theology, or
      2. have alternative qualifications or experience acceptable to the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Humanities).

  2. Structure of the Programme

    The programme of study shall consist of six papers with a value of 120 points of which three shall be from BIBS 411, BIBS 413, BIBS 421, CHTH 402, CHTH 411, CHTH 413, and three shall be from MINS 403, MINS 405, MINS 406, MINS 407.

  3. Duration of the Programme

    The programme may be taken by full-time candidates in one year, or by part-time candidates over more than one year. Any papers in which a candidate is enrolled in any year shall be examined in that year.

  4. Level of Award of the Diploma

    The diploma may be awarded with distinction or with credit.

  5. Variations

    The Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Humanities) may in exceptional circumstances approve a course of study which does not comply with these regulations.

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