Bachelor of Theology (Honours)

Available to:
Domestic and International students.
CRICOS:
061898C
Location:
  • Ballarat
  • Brisbane
  • Canberra
  • Melbourne
  • Strathfield
Duration:

One year full-time or equivalent part-time.

Description

The Bachelor of Theology (Honours) is a one-year programme for high-achieving students who have completed the Bachelor of Theology pass degree or equivalent.

Undertake a focused research project framed by one-on-one supervision with one of our internationally-recognised academic staff, and engage in an in-depth study of an area of theology or biblical studies in which you are particularly interested.

As part of the honours degree, you will:

  • establish a strong foundation for higher degree research by learning more about research methods and strategies used in theology
  • explore in depth either a classical theological text or a substantial contemporary work
  • examine a key theological theme (creation, revelation, salvation, liberation) and/or specific moral or ethical question (global poverty, work, care for the environment, the family, forgiveness)
  • write a thesis that adds to the knowledge base of the discipline.

Aside from expanding your knowledge, a theology honours degree will give you an edge in an increasingly competitive job market. You will enhance your capacity across high-level research, as well as your writing and problem solving skills – highly transferable skills that employers have identified as the necessary skill-sets for sustaining a long, distinguished and personally rewarding career.

Course duration

One 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)
  • 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).

Sample Course Map

Year – Study Period Unit 1 Unit 2 Unit 3
Year 1 - Semester 1 THEL400
Research methods seminar
THEL401
Special studies in theology 1
THEL403
Honours thesis A
Year 1 - Semester 2 THEL402
Special studies
in theology 2
THEL404
Honours thesis B
(30 credit points)
 

'Pre:' – indicates a unit that must be completed before the next unit can be undertaken (prerequisite).
A blank cell indicates that there are no additional units required for that study period.
This is a sample program only and units will vary between states. Please refer to the handbook for the prerequisite units and the current listing.

Deferment, credit points & course units

Deferment

No deferment available.

Credit Points

80

Course Units (Subjects)

Schedule of Unit Offerings

Start dates

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
Strathfield
  • Semester 1 - February
  • Semester 2 - To be advised

Course costs

  • Average first year fee: $6680 Commonwealth Supported (indicative only; subject to passage of legislation)

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 to apply for admission to the Honours degree course, a student must have completed the Bachelor of Theology degree or equivalent, normally within the last five years, with:

  1. a Grade Point average of at least 5.75 on the ACU seven-point scale; and
  2. a major comprising at least 8 units in the discipline of the Honours degree

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

Admission criteria

The table below shows the range of ATARs/OPs (excludes adjustment factors) and Selection Ranks (may include adjustment factors) achieved by students who were accepted into this course last year. These may vary from year to year. Learn more about admission to ACU.

ATAR/OP range

For those offered places in 2019

ATAR Excluding adjustment factors Including adjustment factors
Highest ATAR to receive an offer N/A N/A
Median ATAR to receive an offer N/A N/A
Lowest ATAR to receive an offer N/A N/A
  • N/A – Students not accepted in this category.

Student Profile

Breakdown of how students entered this course last year and in what numbers.

Applicant background 2019
Number of students Percentage of all students
Higher education study
(Includes a bridging or enabling course)
<5 N/P
Vocational education and training (VET) study 0 0.00%
Work and life experience
Admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than the basis of Secondary, VET or Higher Education
0 0.00%
Recent secondary education admitted solely on basis of ATAR (regardless of whether this includes the impact of adjustment factors such as equity or subject bonus points) N/A N/A
Recent secondary education admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered (e.g. portfolio, audition, extra tests, early offer conditional on minimum ATAR) N/A N/A
Recent secondary education admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor (e.g. special consideration, audition alone, schools recommendation scheme with no minimum ATAR requirement) N/A N/A
International students 0 0.00%
All students <5 100%
  • N/P – Not published : the number is hidden to prevent calculation of numbers in cells within less than 5 students.
  • N/A – Students not accepted in this category.
  • <5 – The number of students is less than 5.

Further information

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

Career paths

Graduates in theology can pursue a range of opportunities in such vocational fields as teaching, or work in church agencies and ministries, chaplaincy, community building, or undertake pastoral work. Alternatively, you may wish to pursue a career in an area that utilises the skills acquired through your theology degree, such as journalism, media, administration, or public relations. If you are interested in undertaking further higher-degree research, an honours degree will provide you with a strong foundation to pursue this path.

More course information

A one-year Honours course is available for high-achieving students who have completed the Bachelor of Theology Pass degree or equivalent. The course aims to build on existing knowledge and skills gained in past studies.

Contacts for future students

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Description

The Bachelor of Theology (Honours) is a one-year programme for high-achieving students who have completed the Bachelor of Theology pass degree or equivalent.

Undertake a focused research project framed by one-on-one supervision with one of our internationally-recognised academic staff, and engage in an in-depth study of an area of theology or biblical studies in which you are particularly interested.

As part of the honours degree, you will:

  • establish a strong foundation for higher degree research by learning more about research methods and strategies used in theology
  • explore in depth either a classical theological text or a substantial contemporary work
  • examine a key theological theme (creation, revelation, salvation, liberation) and/or specific moral or ethical question (global poverty, work, care for the environment, the family, forgiveness)
  • write a thesis that adds to the knowledge base of the discipline.

Aside from expanding your knowledge, a theology honours degree will give you an edge in an increasingly competitive job market. You will enhance your capacity across high-level research, as well as your writing and problem solving skills – highly transferable skills that employers have identified as the necessary skill-sets for sustaining a long, distinguished and personally rewarding career.

Course duration

One year full-time or equivalent part-time.

Start dates and campus availability

Brisbane
  • 10-Feb-2020 , 20-Jul-2020 , 15-Feb-2021 , 26-Jul-2021
Melbourne
  • 10-Feb-2020 , 20-Jul-2020 , 15-Feb-2021 , 26-Jul-2021
Strathfield
  • 10-Feb-2020 , 20-Jul-2020 , 15-Feb-2021 , 26-Jul-2021

Deferment, credit points & course units

Deferment

No deferment available.

Students with a Student Visa will need to complete the program in minimum duration, study at least one subject on-campus each semester and must not undertake more than 33% of the program online.

Credit Points

80

Course Units (Subjects)

Schedule of Unit Offerings

Course structure – 1st year

Year – Study Period Unit 1 Unit 2 Unit 3
Year 1 - Semester 1 THEL400
Research methods seminar
THEL401
Special studies in theology 1
THEL403
Honours thesis A
Year 1 - Semester 2 THEL402
Special studies
in theology 2
THEL404
Honours thesis B
(30 credit points)
 

'Pre:' – indicates a unit that must be completed before the next unit can be undertaken (prerequisite).
A blank cell indicates that there are no additional units required for that study period.
This is a sample program only and units will vary between states. Please refer to the handbook for the prerequisite units and the current listing.

Course costs

  • Unit Fee: $2840.00 (2020)
  • Average first year fee: $22720.00 (2020)
  • Estimated Total Cost: $22720.00 (2020)

Important Note on Fees

The Tuition fees quoted above are for commencing students in the current year who undertake a normal full-time load. The Unit Fee is based on a 10cp unit. Fees are reviewed annually.

Tuition fees for continuing students may increase by up to 3 percent each year for the minimum duration of the course as provided on your electronic Confirmation of Enrolment (eCOE). Students who continue to study beyond the minimum duration will have the relevant annual commencing rate applied to their fees for subsequent study periods.

Essential requirements for admission

Academic IELTS 6.0 (with a minimum of 6.0 in writing and speaking tests, and a minimum of 5.5 in listening and reading tests) plus high level achievement in a three year Bachelor of Theology qualification.

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.

Career paths

Graduates in theology can pursue a range of opportunities in such vocational fields as teaching, or work in church agencies and ministries, chaplaincy, community building, or undertake pastoral work. Alternatively, you may wish to pursue a career in an area that utilises the skills acquired through your theology degree, such as journalism, media, administration, or public relations. If you are interested in undertaking further higher-degree research, an honours degree will provide you with a strong foundation to pursue this path.

More course information

A one-year Honours course is available for high-achieving students who have completed the Bachelor of Theology Pass degree or equivalent. The course aims to build on existing knowledge and skills gained in past studies.

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