Graduate Diploma in Theological Studies

Available to:
Domestic students only.
Location:
  • Adelaide
  • Ballarat
  • Brisbane
  • Canberra
  • Melbourne
  • Online
  • Strathfield
Duration:

1 year full-time or equivalent part-time.

Description

The Graduate Diploma Theological Studies is a coursework award providing pathways for graduates in other disciplines to gain a foundation in the study of Christian Theology. They also provide graduates in Theology with a means of extending their skills and knowledge in specific areas.

Graduates will be able, in differing degrees, to:

  • demonstrate a critical awareness of sources for and methodological approaches to a range of theological studies;
  • interpret biblical texts using insights drawn from historical, cultural, literary, philosophical and theological analyses;
  • use a variety of biblical and theological resources to articulate and explain the historical origins, development and interconnections of central Christian doctrines;
  • articulate the implications of Christian belief for Christian practice.

Course duration

1 year full-time or equivalent part-time.

Campus availability and study mode

Campus availability

  • Ballarat (Multi-mode)
  • Brisbane (Multi-mode)
  • Canberra (Multi-mode)
  • Melbourne (Multi-mode)
  • Adelaide (Multi-mode)
  • Online
  • Strathfield (Multi-mode)

Study mode definitions

Attendance: Face-to-face and/or via video conference, at an ACU campus or another location.

Multi-mode: A combination of Online and Attendance (including examinations, practicums, residentials, etc.).

Online: Fully online (including assessments).

Please note: Units for this course may be offered On Campus, Online or by Flexible Delivery. Please refer to the Course Enrolment Guide for further information.

Deferment, credit points & course units

Deferment

Deferment is available for one year. Find out more about deferment.

Credit Points

80

Course Units (Subjects)

Schedule of Unit Offerings

Start dates

Adelaide
  • Semester 1 - February
  • Semester 2 - To be advised
Ballarat
  • Semester 1 - February
  • Semester 2 - To be advised
Brisbane
  • Semester 1 - February
  • Semester 2 - To be advised
Canberra
  • Semester 1 - February
  • Semester 2 - To be advised
Melbourne
  • Semester 1 - February
  • Semester 2 - To be advised
Online
  • Semester 1 - February
  • Semester 2 - To be advised
Strathfield
  • Semester 1 - February
  • Semester 2 - To be advised

Course costs

  • Average first year fee: $17600 Fee-Paying (indicative only)

Important Note on Fees

All costs are calculated using current rates and are based on a full-time study load of 40 credit points (normally 4 units) per semester.

A student’s annual fee may vary in accordance with:

  • the number of units studied per semester;
  • the choice of major or specialisation; and
  • elective units.

The University reviews fees annually.

Essential requirements for admission

An applicant must also comply with the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy.

To be eligible for admission to the course, an applicant must have completed an undergraduate degree in any discipline.

A student who has completed the Graduate Certificate in Theological Studies will be granted advanced standing.

*Disclaimer: The Course entry requirements above are for 2020 Admission.

Inherent Requirements

There are essential components of a course or unit that demonstrate the capabilities, knowledge and skills to achieve the core learning outcomes of the course or unit. Learn more about inherent requirements and how they affect you, and explore the requirements for your course.

Applying for admission

Professional recognition

Professional recognition may differ between dioceses. Teacher applicants are advised to contact the Catholic or State Education Office in the area in which they teach to ascertain the status of the course.

Students who wish to proceed to further study upon completion of the graduate certificate are eligible to enter the Master of Theological Studies course. Teacher graduates of these two awards may be able to seek four-year trained teacher status with an employer. Applicants are advised to discuss these possibilities with their local Catholic or State Education Office.

Pathways to further study

Successful completion of the Graduate Diploma in Theological Studies provides entry into the Master of Theological Studies.

Contacts for future students

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