Diploma in Christian Studies (Level 5)


Offered every second year (even-numbered years e.g. 2022)

This diploma is the perfect starting place, or follow-up to our Diploma in Biblical Studies. This programme provides a comprehensive overview of God’s plan, examining both the Old and New Testament texts, the mission of the Church, and relevant practical ministry skills.


Award upon completion: Diploma in Theological Studies, leading to the New Zealand Diploma in Christian Studies (Level 5), Theological Studies Strand (2793)

Intake Dates: February
NZQF Level: 5 - About NZQA Levels
Credits: 120
Length: One year full-time
Accreditation: Approved by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority
Prerequisites: No prior study needed. English Language Requirements apply for international applicants. See SPBC's standard Admission Requirements for all applicants.
Course costs: Tuition fees: $5,200 (domestic), $10,400 (international) + $50 administration.

Delivery: On-campus.
Study Options: Flexible study options may be arranged. Learn more.


This diploma is made up of six courses. Each course has multiple modules. See below for details.

TH501 Introduction to Biblical Studies (15 Credits)

As an essential starting place, this course examines the Bible’s roots in Biblical Origins, offers key techniques for understanding and applying Scripture in Biblical Interpretation, and teaches students the elements of New Testament Greek in Biblical Languages.

TH502 Christian Foundational Studies (15 Credits)

In order to fully grasp God’s mission in the world and in the church, Christian Foundational Studies offers topics like the Drama of Redemption, Missional Vocation of the Church, and Old Testament Themes. These will enable students to explore God’s purposes and their responsibilities within them.

TH503 Spiritual Formation and Discipleship (15 Credits)

Part of growing more like Christ means allowing our minds to be transformed. This course exposes participants to knowledge and practices that will encourage them to mature, including Personal Development, New Testament Discipleship, and Communication of Faith.

TH504 Journey into Ministry (15 Credits)

As a distinctly practical course, students will be introduced to ministry via Ministry Skills & Practicum, the Art of Preaching, and Biblical Leadership.

TH505 Biblical Theology (45 Credits)

Texts in this course include Matthew & Mark, Hebrews, Galatians, Thessalonians, 1 & 2 Timothy, Titus, Genesis, Wisdom Literature & Psalms, Isaiah, and Exodus. As students examine these texts, they are equipped to better teach and apply the Scriptures to the life of the Church today.

TH506 Bible, Culture and Worldviews (15 Credits)

This introductory course on the perspectives people have held about our world provides insights into a broad range of worldviews both ancient and modern, giving applications for today’s Bible student. Topics covered include surveys of the Old and New Testament World and Mission in the Post-Modern World.

Future Opportunities

For pathways available to SPBC graduates, click here.