What can I study?

The Sydney College of Divinity is a higher education institution providing accredited awards in theology and related areas through the teaching colleges that are its Member Institutions.

You can choose from a range of awards from undergraduate diploma level to postgraduate research degrees.  Each award or course is made up of individual course units.  You can view the Course Unit Outlines here.

Or read about each of our courses below:

Undergraduate (Diploma, Associate Degree and Bachelor Degrees)

The Diploma of Theology provides students with the opportunity to undertake pre-bachelor award level study in theological disciplines. It is designed for those who have a less formal educational background than those undertaking the BTh award, or those who are seeking an award requiring less overall commitment than the degree.The Diploma of Theology provides students with introductory study across a range of theological disciplines. 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. It is designed for Christians seeking a sound foundation for informed participation in the local church, para-church ministries, and in the wider community.
The Diploma of Christian Studies is an undergraduate award based wholly on Bachelor of Theology units. It is designed to introduce students to Christian studies within higher education.  Graduates will have acquired basic knowledge, skills, and values of Christian relevance to their professional, family, church, social, or personal lives and have deepened their awareness of the nature and scope of theology and their affinity with it as a field of study within higher education. Some graduates may have taken the opportunity to focus their elective studies in such a way as to complete a major. In this case, they will have acquired the skills, knowledge, and values outlined for the respective majors as set out for the Bachelor of Theology.
The Associate Degree of Christian Thought and Practice course is an undergraduate award which provides an opportunity to undertake some theological study with special focus on Christian Thought (including Biblical Studies, Theology, and Humanities in the Christian Tradition) or on Christian Practice (including Counselling, Liturgical Studies, Missiology, Pastoral Theology and Practice). The special focus is achieved by completing a major in the area of interest. Majors come out of the sub-disciplines and disciplines across the SCD curriculum.
The Bachelor of Theology course is a primary undergraduate award which provides a systematic and comprehensive study of theology and related disciplines through a structure of majors and sub-majors. Not all majors and sub-majors are available at all Member Institutions.
The Bachelor of Theology (Honours) award aims to provide the opportunity for preparatory research as a stepping stone to research in theology at the highest academic level.

Postgraduate  Coursework (Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma, Master Degrees)

The Graduate Certificate in Arts course is designed for those who hold a tertiary qualification in a non-theological discipline, who wish to pursue a graduate qualification in theology, and who are seeking skills in theological studies to enhance their professional work.The Graduate Certificate can be completed in 6 months full-time or 18 months part-time and consists of 36 credit points or 4 units.
The Graduate Diploma of Arts course is designed for those who hold a tertiary qualification in a non-theological discipline, who wish to pursue a graduate qualification in theology, and who are seeking skills in theological studies to enhance their professional work.The Graduate Diploma has nested within it the Graduate Certificate in Arts:
• GradCertArts requires 36 credit points
• GradDipArts requires an additional 36 credit points giving a total of 72 credit points
The Master of Arts course is designed for those who hold a tertiary qualification in a non-theological discipline, who wish to pursue a graduate qualification in theology, and who are seeking skills in theological studies to enhance their professional work.The MA has nested within it the Graduate Certificate in Arts and the Graduate Diploma of Arts:
• GradCertArts requires 36 credit points
• GradDipArts requires an additional 36 credit points
MA requires an additional 36 credit points giving a total of 108 credit points.
The Master of Divinity is designed as a graduate entry program in theology which provides a comprehensive education in theology comparable in breadth and depth to the Bachelor of Theology, but more rigorous in its academic requirements. The award provides a systematic and comprehensive study of theology and related disciplines through a structure of majors and sub-majors.
The Master of Theology is a graduate program designed for those who hold a Bachelor of Theology and wish to pursue theological studies in greater depth and at greater rigour, with up to 54 credit points of the total 108 credit points able to be taken in the one sub-discipline. The sub-disciplines are: Biblical Studies, Old Testament, New Testament, Christian Spirituality, Church History, Liturgical Studies, Missiology, Pastoral Theology, including Liturgy, Philosophy, Theology, Theological Ethics.

Postgraduate Research (Master Honours Degrees, Doctorates)

The Master of Arts (Honours) provides the opportunity to pursue advanced study in a theologically related discipline by research. It is designed for those who seek to further their study of a theologically related discipline for academic, vocational, professional and/or personal reasons. This award also offers training for further research at doctoral level.The Master of Arts (Honours) is available by thesis alone. It provides the opportunity for candidates to embark on a significant piece of research which investigates a theological topic in a systematic and comprehensive manner that is not available in course work programs.
The Master of Theology (Honours) provides men and women with the opportunity to pursue advanced study by research in a theological discipline. It is designed for those who seek to further their study in the various disciplines in the field of theology for academic, vocational, professional and/or personal reasons. This award also offers training for further research at doctoral level.The Master of Theology (Honours) is available by thesis alone. It provides the opportunity for candidates to embark on a significant piece of research which investigates a theological topic in a systematic and comprehensive manner that is not available in course work programs.
The Doctor of Ministry award aims to provide the opportunity for professional development in ministry at the highest academic level and thereby to enable candidates, through a period of systematic reflection on the practice and theology of ministry, to make a distinct contribution to the profession of ministry, by a critical, creative, theological and academically informed investigation of some aspect of that profession.
The Doctor of Philosophy provides the opportunity to pursue advanced study in a theologically related discipline by research at the highest level. It is designed for those who seek to further their study of a theologically related discipline for academic, vocational, professional and/or personal reasons.The Doctor of Philosophy is available by thesis alone. It provides the opportunity for candidates to embark on a significant piece of research which investigates a theological topic in a systematic and comprehensive manner that is not available in course work programs.
The Doctor of Theology provides men and women with the opportunity to pursue advanced study in a theological discipline by research in a theological discipline at the highest level. It is designed for those who seek to further their study in the field of theology for academic, vocational, professional and/or personal reasons.
The Doctor of Theology is available by thesis alone. It provides the opportunity for candidates to embark on a significant piece of research which investigates a theological topic in a systematic and comprehensive manner that is not available in course work programs.

Korean Language

The Bachelor of Theology (Korean) course is a primary undergraduate award which provides a systematic and comprehensive study of theology and related disciplines through a structure of majors and sub-majors.For the Bachelor of Theology (Korean) HSC / ATAR equivalency is deemed to have been achieved by satisfactory graduation of High School in Korea at a level that would gain admission into a university. This graduation also is considered evidence of Korean language literacy sufficient to undertake the course.

Full information on each award can be found in the SCD Handbook. View SCD Handbook