Postgraduate Diploma of Applied Theology

New Zealand Qualifications Framework (NZQF) Level: 8
NZQF Credits: 120
Duration: equivalent to 1 year full-time
Modes Available: onsite, part-time, full-time, block courses


Carey’s PGDipAppTheol is a one year full-time equivalent course of postgraduate study at level 8 on the NZQF. It provides an advanced theological qualification for practitioners committed to career-long education. The academic programme aims to support professional development for pastors and other Christian ministry practitioners who have high levels of curriculum knowledge, research skills, and leadership capacity. In addition the academic programme aims to equip students interested in advancing academic scholarship, and research in the field of applied theology. It is thus intended as a pathway for those interested into doctoral studies, particularly through one of the established pathways Carey has with Auckland University of Technology, Otago University, or other tertiary institutions.


The academic programme produces graduates who:

  • Assess critically the most recent published research in applied theology
  • Reflect critically on issues of society and contemporary life from advanced,     appropriate, and soundly-based biblical and theological perspectives.
  • Develop critical skills in the interpretation of biblical texts and theological evaluation.
  • Analyse life contexts for contemporary ecclesial and missional practice in Aotearoa New Zealand and related contexts.
  • Implement assessment skills – finding strengths, weaknesses, multiple options, as well as identifying obstacles.
  • Evidence planning skills – the collaborative construction of preferred outcomes, finding ways around obstacles, ways to mobilize strengths and resources to achieve preferred outcomes with individuals, families, groups and organizations.

Requirements for the Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Theology

The programme of study for each candidate will be designed as far as possible to meet the individual’s needs and interests. Each programme will total 120 credits, and must include 4 courses from those on offer at Level 8, including MA801 Research Methods in Applied Theology.

 Entry Requirements

Admission to the Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Theology is restricted to applicants who have completed a recognised undergraduate degree in theology, or who have a professional or other qualification which can be recognised as equivalent.