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Diploma of Theology (DipTh)




AQF Level 5
Entry Requirements Satisfactory completion of Year 12 in the Australian school system, or its equivalent; orMature Age and Special Entry Admissions for those who have reached the age of 21
Duration 2 years full-time or 6 years part-time
Mode Full-time, part-time.
Structure 144 credit points (i.e. 16 units).
English Proficiency Applicants whose entry qualifications were obtained in an institution where English is not the language of instruction normally require a minimum IELTS (or equivalent) score of 6.0 with no result below 5.5.
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Graduate Profile and Rationale

The Diploma of Theology provides students with the opportunity to undertake AQF Level 5 study in theological disciplines.  It is designed for those who have a less formal educational background than those undertaking the BTh or BMin awards, or those who are seeking an award requiring less overall commitment than AQF Level 6 or 7 studies.

The Diploma of Theology provides students with introductory study across a range of theological disciplines.  It is designed for Christians seeking a foundation for informed participation in the local church, para-church ministries, and in the wider community.  It also provides some opportunity to gain knowledge and skills appropriate for Christian ministry but not necessarily of the breadth or depth required for professional ministry.  The award requires completion of course units in Biblical Studies, Theology, Church History, and Christian Life and Ministry.



Graduates will have:


  • Technical and theoretical knowledge and concepts with introductory knowledge in Biblical Studies, Christian Life and Ministry, Humanities within the Christian Tradition, and Theology, and wider knowledge of theology generally that will form the basis for further learning.


  • Cognitive, communication, and technical skills in a theologically-related body of knowledge, so that they are able to:
  • identify, analyse, synthesise, and act on theological information from a range of foundational sources
  • express ideas and perspectives related to Christian faith
  • communicate theologically-related knowledge, skills and ideas to others


Applications of Knowledge and Skills
  • the ability to
    • demonstrate an understanding of theological knowledge by applying it in Christian ministry
    • perform technical operations within Christian ministry that have some complexity, taking personal responsibility for them.
    • organise, with initiative and judgment, the work of self and others and plan, coordinate and evaluate the work of teams [within broad but generally well-defined parameters.]


ACADEMIC REGULATIONS for the Diploma of Theology


1        Admission to Candidature

1.1    An applicant for admission to candidature for a degree of Diploma of Theology shall:

1.1.1    have satisfactorily completed Year 12 in the Australian school system, or its equivalent; or

1.1.2    have reached the age of 21 and so satisfy the requirements for Mature Age entry; or

1.1.3    have adequate grounds for Special Entry.

1.2    A candidate for a Diploma of Theology shall be designated as full-time or part-time.  A student is designated as a full-time if enrolled in three units (27 credit points) or more in a semester  or part-time if enrolled in less than three units (27 credit points) per semester.

1.3    No candidate for the DipTh may be concurrently enrolled in any other undergraduate or postgraduate course within the Sydney College of Divinity or any other tertiary institution, unless    approval has been granted by the Academic Board.

1.4    Applicants whose entry qualifications were obtained in an institution where English is not the language of instruction normally will be required to demonstrate competency in English by an IELTS (or equivalent) result of 6.0 with no score below 5.5.

1.5    Application for enrolment in the diploma program is made to the Registrar of the appropriate Teaching Body offering the program.


2        Course Structure

2.1    The Diploma of Theology requires the completion of 144 credit points (16 units) which shall include:

2.1.1     at least 27 credit points in Biblical Studies;

2.1.2    at least 27 credit points in Theology;

2.1.3    at least 9 credit points in Church History

2.1.4    at least 27 credit points in Christian Life and Ministry;

2.1.5    a further 54 credit points chosen from approved units.

All course units shall be taken from SCD units coded within the 5000 series


3        Period of Candidature

3.1    The period of candidature for the degree shall normally be 2 years full-time and up to 6 years part-time.

3.2    In certain circumstances the Student Support and Support and Administration Committee may grant extensions.


4        Leave of Absence

4.1    The Student Support and Administration Committee may grant leave of absence from the Diploma of Theology.  The period of leave shall not be counted as part of the period of candidature for the degree.

4.2    The period of leave shall normally be one semester after which a candidate may apply for a further period of one semester or will be required to complete candidature.


5        Assessment

5.1    The assessment of subject units shall be in the manner approved by the Academic Board in line with the College’s established guidelines for assessment packages.

5.2    Students may be required by the Academic Board to present themselves for oral examination.

5.3    Academic and non-academic misconduct will be penalised in accordance with the regulations of the Sydney College of Divinity, whose stipulations are severe.


6        Credit

6.1    A candidate may seek credit up to a maximum of 90 credit points in the Diploma of Theology.

6.2    Credit will be granted for units that are from an equivalent award or institution and have outcomes, content, demand hours, and assessment equivalent to that of units in the Diploma of  Theology.


7        Saving Clause

7.1    Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained herein, the Academic Board of the Sydney College of Divinity may, in any case in which it may deem it appropriate to do so, vary,     dispense with or suspend any requirement or prescription by these regulations, and report forthwith to the Council of the Sydney College of Divinity.