Theology and Religious Studies

Interdisciplinary Postgraduate Certificate | Postgraduate Diploma

Introduction to the programme

The aim of this inter-disciplinary programme is to provide an opportunity for students to develop a sound academic base to their work in ministry, either as church leaders, lay leaders, social workers, or professionals in related fields. Theology and Biblical Studies form the core of the Christian ministry- focused curriculum. Those working in organisations that cross religious traditions may take the Religious Studies programme centred on inter religious dialogue, inter-faith relations, social and professional care and outreach.

Programme Structure and Delivery

Small classes facilitate the opportunity for students to engage in interactive lectures, discussions and debate. Focusing on the development of critical analysis, reflection, research and presentation skills helps students advance their knowledge of practice and research applied to their area of ministry or inter-faith service. The Kohima Institute also employs blended learning methods, with the use of some online teaching. This allows for greater flexibility. Students form small study groups to provide mutual peer support and arenas for discussion and debate.

Students are encouraged to attend our annual interdisciplinary theological and inter-faith research conference, regular research days, seminars, worship services, and learn about the latest research and practice developments from international and national scholars, and recognised religious leaders.

Additional course costs
Year 1
Year one commences with two full weeks in August and thereafter one or two days per week for the remainder of the 9 month academic year (depending on whether the course is being undertaken full-time or part-time).
Year 2
Attendance at workshops throughout the academic year. A blended learning approach is utilised in the delivery of theoretical content which includes lectures, group discussions and self-directed learning.

Why The Kohima Institute?

The Faculty of Divinity at the Kohima Institute is distinguished among over 30 theological schools in Nagaland in its focus on social outreach. Although students may focus on Biblical Studies, on Theology, or Religious Studies, the emphasis on social outreach informs the curriculum at all levels, and combines a rigorous research agenda, with internships and project-placements in collaboration with partners and programmes throughout the state and Northeast India. This enables students to find practical applications for their studies. The Baptist / Anabaptist leaning of the programme also celebrates and critiques a long tradition of ministry, with a strong social justice focus.

The Institute provides a rich environment for postgraduate students with access to staff from a range of professional backgrounds. Academic staff within the Faculty of Divinity are energetic and innovative ministry practitioners, academics and researchers with established strengths in cross- cultural ministry, social justice, Biblical and theological research, and contextual theology.