The Catholic Institute

Diploma in Religious Studies stream Pastoral Ministry

PC2704 | NZQA approved | Level 6, 135 credits 1.25 efts

TCI is no longer accepting any new enrolments in this qualification.

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Gain a Diploma in Religious Studies majoring in Pastoral Ministry

Acquire knowledge and more advanced skills required for ministry roles in parishes and other church settings. 

Enrich your own understanding of faith

Main Features

11 Courses in Theology, Scripture and Pastoral Ministry

Higher Study

If you wish to take your studies further you can study the Diploma in Pastoral Leadership at TCI and the Bachelor of Theology at specific institutions.  THe Diploma in Religious Studies gives you:

  • 36 credit points towards the Bachelor of Theology at the University of Otago
  • 54 credit points towards the Bachelor of Theology at Good Shepherd College
  • 54 credit points towares the Bachelor of Theology at the Catholic Institute of Sydney

Career Opportunities

This Diploma can lead to a range of careers. Graduates will find this useful for leadership roles in parishes and voluntary work with parish groups. 

Further information

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Programme Structure

At the 100 level
PM101 Church and Ministry
PM102 Introduction to Liturgy
TH101 Introduction to Catholicism
TH102 Introduction to Theology
SC101 Introduction to the Old Testament
SC102 Introduction to the New Testament
At the 200 level
TH203 Understanding Church
PM203 Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults
PM200 One other 200 level Pastoral Ministry course
SC200 One 200 Level Scripture course

One other 200 level course of your choice (Theology, Scripture, Religious Education or Pastoral Ministry)


Students have said: "Opportunity for group discussion – hearing other people’s points of view and debating topics under consideration. It made the course both intellectually stimulating and interesting.   I always appreciate the creative ways that all the lectures present the daily prayers."