Postgraduate study in Theology

What you can study in Theology

A Master of Theology equips you for further research in Theology and allied fields like Religious Studies. Tailored research projects allow you to explore the intersection between Theology and other fields like history, critical theory, politics, media, and the arts.

Master of Theology students join a community of scholars working in the allied fields of Theology and Religious Studies.

Staff are currently conducting research in the following areas:

  • Feminist and postfeminist engagements with religion
  • Religion and LGBTI+ identities
  • Queer theory and religion
  • Religion in popular culture, including art, film, advertising, music and literature
  • Evolutionary dynamics of religions
  • Quantitative ritual studies
  • Historical databases of religion
  • Religion and health and wellbeing across the lifespan
  • Religion in contemporary New Zealand society
  • The interplay of religion and virtue
  • Sociology of religion
  • Religion in modern Japanese society
  • Christianity in Japan and East Asia
  • New religious movements
  • Religion-state issues in modern Japan
  • Asian religions in diaspora
  • History of Christianity — especially in late antiquity, the Middle Ages and early modernity
  • History of Christian theology, art and ritual
  • History of religion in New Zealand
  • Christianity, secularity and religious pluralism

Structuring your specialisation in Theology

Master of Theology

The MTheol consists of a 120-point thesis in the study of theology or religion.

Scholarships and awards

Help and advice

For help with planning your degree and enrolling in your courses, please contact the Arts Students' Centre.

If you would like to find out more about studying Theology, you can contact a Postgraduate Adviser.