The aim of the Diploma in Theology (DipTheol) is to offer a one-year course which will enhance knowledge and understanding of the main sub-disciplines of theology. A student who has completed a DipTheol may apply for credit towards the first year of a three-year Bachelor of Theology (BTheol) degree.
Students are taught by research-active scholars, are expected to undertake a variety of learning experiences and are challenged to develop their intellectual independence. Graduates of the programme are well-informed about the key themes of and approaches to the different areas of study which are encompassed by the subject areas of theology.
The DipTheol consists of seven 18-point theology papers in the areas of Biblical Studies (including Biblical Hebrew and Greek), Christian Thought and History, and Pastoral Studies. The majority of papers will be at 100-level, but up to three papers may be taken at 200-level. The diploma can be taken full-time over one year, or part-time over more than one year.
The papers which make up the DipTheol are all taught both on campus and via distance learning and so are accessible to students throughout New Zealand. A variety of methods of distance learning are utilised, including videoconferencing, web-based learning, block courses and teaching days.
Regulations for the Diploma in Theology (DipTheol)
Structure of the Programme
- Every programme for the diploma shall consist of seven papers, worth a total of 126 points, from Theology Schedule C.
- The papers shall normally be at 100-level, but up to three papers (54 points) may be at 200-level.
- No more than one paper (18 points) completed from prior study at an institution other than the University of Otago may be credited towards the diploma.
Prerequisites, Corequisites and Restrictions
Every programme of study shall satisfy the requirements for prerequisites, corequisites, and restrictions set out in the Prescriptions (published in the Guide to Enrolment).
The Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Humanities) may in exceptional circumstances approve a course of study which does not comply with these regulations.