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Why study Theology

Christianity has been a major force in the development of western civilization, helping to shape the world in which we live today.

Many students undertake theological study to enquire further into their own faith. They find that the study of Theology can enrich their understanding of the Gospel and open new horizons, even as it follows ancient paths.

You do not need to have a faith of your own to find the issues raised by Theology compelling. Students of all or no religious persuasions are welcome. All you need to study Theology is a sense of curiosity about the world and human experience.

The Department provides an ideal grounding on the way to active ministry in a Christian setting, but Theology is about more than just vocational training. It is about life, meaning, belief and identity at the deepest level.

Studying Theology

A step-by-step guide to deciding the best Theology study path for you.

Undergraduate Study in Theology

Choose from a Bachelor of Theology or a Bachelor of Arts, then choose your major: Biblical Studies, Christian Thought and History, and Pastoral Studies.

Postgraduate Study in Theology

Postgraduate students come from all over the world to study with our world-class research staff.

Papers

Details about papers in Christian Thought and History, Biblical Studies, and Pastoral Studies, with on-campus and distance learning options.

Distance Learning

You don't need to be based in Dunedin to study Theology at Otago - we offer plenty of Distance Learning options.

Enrolment in Theology Papers & Programmes

Links and downloads to help you enrol in Theology at the University of Otago.

International Students

Theology welcomes international students. This page contains details about how you can study at the University of Otago.

Essential Student Information

Information for all Theology students studying at Otago.