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The aim of the Master of Chaplaincy (MChap) degree is to enhance chaplaincy in a whole range of contemporary settings, through engagement with current scholarship into the practice of chaplaincy.

The Master of Chaplaincy is designed as a professional qualification for those who serve as chaplains in a variety of settings and who seek advanced professional education to enhance their work, and for those who want to train to be chaplains.

The admission requirements are a degree or equivalent three-year qualification with satisfactory grades. In cases where a person’s prior qualifications do not include theological study, he or she may be required to undertake one or more 300-level papers in theology in order to satisfy the prerequisites for specific 400-level papers in Biblical Studies (BIBS) and/or Christian Thought and History (CHTH).

The coursework component of the degree consists of six 20-point 400-level taught papers, of which three are core papers in the area of Chaplaincy and three are selected from a list of additional papers offered in the areas of Biblical Studies, Christian Thought and History and Ministry Studies.

The degree also involves the completion of a Research Project worth 60 points in some area of Chaplaincy of around 20,000 words, related to issues emerging from the contemporary practice of Chaplaincy. The Research Methods Workshops offered by the Theology Programme, PAST 212 Research Methods, or an equivalent paper, is required as a prerequisite for enrolment in the Research Project (MINS 590). The degree is designed to enhance a graduate's professional practice of Chaplaincy and to enable advanced reflection and research on the practice of Chaplaincy.

All the papers offered for this qualification will be taught by Distance Learning.

Distance Learning in Theology

The Theology programme has a comprehensive and well established distance learning programme that serves a very large number of students throughout New Zealand and even overseas.

By offering our papers on the distance learning network we have been able to remove a significant barrier to participation in the study of Theology. Students in Dunedin who are unable to attend lectures during the day may also enrol in distance learning papers.

We aim to offer the compulsory core papers every year by distance, and most other papers every second or third year. You should be able to complete any qualification from wherever you live in much the same time frame as a campus student, though with fewer papers to choose from in any particular year.

Some students who are taking postgraduate research courses choose to do these by distance.

International Students in Theology

The Theology programme has a strong tradition of international undergraduate students, and postgraduate students, who come from a range of countries to undertake Masters and Doctoral degrees here.

Overseas students can enrol in any of the papers we offer, provided they have met the prerequisites in their previous study.


Visit the Master of Chaplaincy (MChap) page on the University of Otago website for more details!

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