Theology is the critical study of a religious tradition. At the University of Auckland you can explore the religious beliefs and practices of Christianity and the role these play in different cultural, global and historical contexts. You may also be able to study different religious traditions.

Areas of study

Taught programmes

You have flexibility and choice for study across a range of areas within Theology. Taught courses examine topics in biblical studies, Christian thought and history, and practical theology. You can select courses to develop deep knowledge in a specialist area as well as explore opportunities to study across other theological disciplines. 

Research programmes

Masters and PhD students join a community of theological scholarship with a strong focus on Contextual Theology, as well as a broad range of theological interests and expertise. Staff in Theology are currently conducting research in the following areas:

  • The Gospels of Matthew, John and Mark; ecological readings of biblical texts; gender and healing in the Graeco-Roman world; and contextual readings of the Bible (especially Pacific Island epistemologies and hermeneutics).
  • The First Testament books of Genesis, Judges, Samuel and Kings; religion and the Bible in popular culture; sexuality, gender and the Bible.
  • The theology of Edward Schillebeeckx, Christology, Pneumatology.
  • Christianity in the early modern period, especially in continental Europe and Scotland; Christianity and religious tolerance; the history of Christian worship.
  • Spirituality; relationships between science, technology and religion; ecology; ethics and justice.

You can study Theology in the following programmes:

What you will learn

The BTheol(Hons) offers a range of advanced courses in Theology. These cover topics like method and theory in the study of Theology and Religion, advanced study of sacred texts and the history of Christianity. Under the supervision of expert staff you can also take a range of individually tailored courses of directed studies and research. These include a compulsory 30-point dissertation. You may also include up to 30 points from outside Theology, subject to relevant approvals.

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

Career opportunities

A postgraduate qualification in Theology can equip you with the skills specific to careers in faith communities, further theological research and education, and public policy. You will also develop transferable skills in research, communication and critical thinking that you can use in a range of careers.

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