The Catholic Institute

New Zealand Diploma in Christian Studies (Level 6) - Pastoral Ministry

  | Awaiting NZQA approval | Level 6, 120 credits 1.0 eft

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Gain a New Zealand Diploma in Christian Studies (Level 6) - Pastoral Ministry

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

Entry Requirement

Students need to have completed a level 5 theological qualification, e.g. NZCCS-PM, to be accepted into this programme of study.  

Main Features

8 Courses in Theology, Scripture and Pastoral Ministry

Higher Study

If you wish to take your studies further, The NZDCS-PM carries credit points towards a Bachelor of Theology at:

  • University of Otago
  • Good Shepherd College
  • Sydney College of Divinity

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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To enrol 

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Programme Structure

Both courses (papers) below
TH603 Renewing the Church
Two of the following courses (papers)
PM602 Celebrating Liturgy
PM606 Traditions of Prayer
TH601 Sacraments Today
TH610 Maori Spirituality: He Rau Toroa II
Two of the following courses (papers)
TH602 The Person and Work of Jesus
TH611 Catholic Social Teaching II
TH608 Understanding World Religions
TH633 Values and Ethics in Leadership
 Church History course of your choice
Two Level 6 Scripture courses (papers) of your choice


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."