The Diploma of Theology requires one year of full-time study (or the equivalent part-time). The course is offered by the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences.
The Diploma of Theology is only offered as an exit award for students currently enrolled in the Bachelor of Theology who choose not to complete that program.
The Diploma of Theology aims to deepen the understanding and expression of Christian faith.
This course is inter-disciplinary, combining biblical studies, church history, and systematic theology. It includes an optional stream comprising professional ministry studies such as pastoral care, Christian education and preaching. It is ecumenical, dealing with the Christian tradition in all its diversity.
The Diploma of Theology aims to provide students an opportunity to:
- develop a broad understanding and expression of Christian faith
- study Christian traditions and thought, including systematic theology, biblical studies, church history and ministry studies
- examine and reflect upon Christian traditions and to develop an understanding of connections with other disciplines, in the context of modern Australian culture and society
- develop sound communication and presentation skills (both oral and written).
On completion of the Diploma of Theology, students will be able to demonstrate:
- a broad level of knowledge and expression of Christian faith, and of the academic study of Christian traditions and thought
- an ability to reason and argue clearly, and to articulate differing positions involving Christian traditions and values in modern Australian culture and society
- sound communication and presentation skills (both oral and written).
Program of study
To qualify for the Diploma of Theology, a student must complete at least 36 units with a grade of P or NGP or better in each topic, according to the following program of study.
The 36 units must include:
- At least 27 units of THEO topics;
- Up to 27 units must have been studied at level one, with at least 9 units from Biblical Studies and 9 units from Historical and Systematic Theology; and
- Up to 9 units may be taken at level two or three.