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Study Pastoral Studies at Otago

Pastoral Theology is particularly designed for students entering some form of church ministry.

Papers in Pastoral Theology offer a multidisciplinary study of church life, offering students the opportunity to reflect on the practice of Christian ministry.


Explore your study options further. Refer to enrolment information found on the following qualification pages.

Programme requirements

Bachelor of Theology (BTheol) endorsed in Pastoral Studies


A programme may be endorsed in Pastoral Studies if it includes a total of eight Pastoral Studies papers, including three at 300-level (for the purposes of this endorsement, BIBS 121, CHTH 102, and CHTH 131 may be counted as Pastoral Studies papers in addition to PAST papers).

Bachelor of Theology with Honours (BTheol(Hons)) in Pastoral Studies


Postgraduate Diploma in Theology (PGDipTheol) in Pastoral Studies

  • PAST 490  Dissertation

  • Three further 400-level PAST or MINS papers

    One 400-level BIBS, CHTH or RELS paper may be substituted for one 400-level PAST or MINS paper.

    Note: Some variations may be possible. For further details consult the University of Otago Calendar or the Head of the Theology Programme.

Minor subject requirements

Pastoral Studies as a minor subject for a BA, MusB, BPA, BSc, BAppSc, BCom, BHealSc, BACom, BASc or BComSc degree

Available as a minor subject for a Bachelor of Arts (BA), Bachelor of Music (MusB), Bachelor of Performing Arts (BPA), Bachelor of Science (BSc), Bachelor of Applied Science (BAppSc), Bachelor of Commerce (BCom), Bachelor of Health Science (BHealSc), Bachelor of Arts and Commerce (BACom), Bachelor of Arts and Science (BASc) or Bachelor of Commerce and Science (BComSc) degree

Level Papers Points
100-level Two 100-level CHTH papers 36
200-level Two 200-level PAST papers 36
300-level One 300-level PAST paper 18
Total   90

Note: This minor subject is not available for students enrolled in the Bachelor of Theology (BTheol).


Due to COVID-19 restrictions, a selection of on-campus papers will be made available via distance and online learning for eligible students.
Find out which papers are available and how to apply on our COVID-19 website

Paper code Year Title Points Teaching period
PAST216 2022 Current Perspectives on Pastoral Care 18 points Semester 1
PAST219 2022 Christian Witness in a Secular World 18 points Not offered in 2022
PAST307 2022 Special Topic: A Practical Theology of Mental Health 18 points Not offered in 2022
PAST311 2022 Preaching and Communication in a Contemporary Context 18 points Not offered in 2022
PAST314 2022 Cultures, Migration and Faith 18 points Semester 2
PAST316 2022 Current Perspectives on Pastoral Care (Advanced) 18 points Semester 1
PAST318 2022 Pastoral Care in Dying, Grief and Loss 18 points Semester 2
PAST319 2022 Christian Witness in a Secular World 18 points Not offered in 2022
PAST320 2022 Church in Mission: Theology in Changing Cultures 18 points Not offered in 2022
PAST321 2022 Missional God, Missional People 18 points Not offered in 2022
PAST322 2022 Arts and Cultures in Christian Ministry and Mission 18 points 1st Non standard period
PAST323 2022 Christian ministry in te ao Māori (the Māori World) 18 points Summer School
PAST324 2022 The Chaplain as Ceremonial Leader 18 points Semester 1
PAST490 2022 Dissertation 60 points Full Year, 1st Non standard period

Key information for future students

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