Programme: PGDip Theology

Code Faculty Department
06220030 Faculty of Theology and Religion Department: Theology and Religion Dean's Office
Credits Duration NQF level
Minimum duration of study: 1 year Total credits: 120 NQF level:  08

Programme information

The PGDip (Theology) programme offers admission to postgraduate theological studies to those candidates who already have a three-year non-theological tertiary qualification which is equivalent to a bachelor’s degree. It presents an opportunity to be educated in the application of Theology with a view to certain ministries, occupations or community life. The PGDip (Theology) grants access to further postgraduate studies in theology.

Admission requirements

  1. Relevant non-theological tertiary qualification (at least NQF-level 7)

Other programme-specific information

Curriculum options
One of the following curriculum options must be selected.
Additional to the selected curriculum option (6 modules of 15 credit each), all students must register for TEO 767 Research essay (30 credits).

  • Option A: All of the first six introductory modules of the respective subjects from the three subject groups.
  • Option B: Three modules (two of which are first introductory modules) from one subject group, as well as three initial introductory modules from the other two subject groups.
  • Option C: Four modules from one subject group, as well as a first introductory module each from the other two subject groups.

The subject groups, subjects and modules are as follows:
Group Biblical Studies
Old Testament Studies
OTW 771: Introduction to Old Testament studies I
OTW 772: Introduction to Old Testament studies II

New Testament Studies
NTW 771: Introduction to New Testament studies I
NTW 772: Introduction to New Testament studies II

Group History-Systematics
Dogmatics and Christian Ethics

DCE 771: Introduction to Dogmatics and Christian Ethics I
DCE 772: Introduction to Dogmatics and Christian Ethics II

Church History and Church Polity
KGS 771: Introduction to Church History and Church Polity I
KGS 772: Introduction to Church History and Church Polity II

Group Applied Theology
Science of Religion and Missiology
GSW 771: Introduction to science of religion and missiology I
GSW 772: Introduction to science of religion and missiology II

Practical Theology
PRT 771: Introduction to Practical Theology I
PRT 772: Introduction to Practical Theology II

Examinations and pass requirements

Each module is concluded with an examination.

Research information

For the PGDip (Theology) to be conferred with distinction, a student has to obtain at least a GPA of 75% in all six selected modules, as well as in the research essay.

General information

Information on modules

  • If a module does not attract enough student registrations to be presented economically, the Dean may decide to withdraw it. Students will be advised in time of such decisions in order to register for an alternative  module.
  • The timetable of lectures must be consulted.
  • A student may, with the consent of the Dean, exceed the number of modules per study year by two semester modules or one year module.

Minimum credits: 120

Additional to the Research essay module, select 6 elective modules as per the curriculum options.

Core modules

Elective modules

The information published here is subject to change and may be amended after the publication of this information. The General Regulations (G Regulations) apply to all faculties of the University of Pretoria. It is expected of students to familiarise themselves well with these regulations as well as with the information contained in the General Rules section. Ignorance concerning these regulations and rules will not be accepted as an excuse for any transgression.

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