AQF Level 8 Award

BMin (Hons) prepares students for advanced research and further learning in Christian ministry.

Bachelor of Ministry (Honours)

The Bachelor of Ministry (Honors) (BMin(Hons)) is an AQF Level 8 award. It qualifies candidates who apply a body of theological knowledge in a specific context to undertake professional work and as a pathway for research and further learning in Christian ministry.

The Bachelor of Ministry (Honors) is not offered to international students.

The Award Summary lists the full program and the academic regulations for students enrolling in 2022. The Bachelor of Ministry (Honours) is offered through the individual colleges. Contact the Registrar of the teaching institution for study information, including mode of delivery and timetable, and to make an application for admission. Domestic students may be eligible for FEE-HELP, an Australian government scheme, assisting students to access a loan to help cover all or part of their tuition fees.

The Bachelor of Ministry (Honors) is available to:

  • those who have completed the Sydney College of Divinity BMin within the previous five years, with a grade point average of 2.7 in the coursework and 3.0 in the area of specialisation; or
  • hold equivalent qualifications from a university or other tertiary institution.

The Bachelor of Ministry (Honours) requires the completion of 72 credit points, comprising 36 credit points in coursework and a thesis for 36 credit points.

The award will include:

  • an 8100-series Research Methodology Unit (9 credit points)
  • an 8100-series Honours Seminar Unit (9 credit points)
  • a further two units (18 credit points in total) in the area of specialisation from 9200-series units.
  • a supervised research project of 20,000 words for 36 credit points in the area of specialisation.


Graduates will have a coherent and advanced body of knowledge with depth in the underlying principles and concepts in one or more disciplines related to Christian ministry, and knowledge of research principles and methods.


Graduates will have cognitive and technical skills in a theologically-related body of knowledge, so that they are able independently to:

  • review, analyse, synthesise and transform theological information and identify and transmit solutions to complex ministry problems;
  • think critically, evaluate and generate complex ideas in developing new strategies in the practice of Christian ministry;
  • technical skills to design and use research in a project;
  • communicate theologically-related knowledge, skills, and ideas clearly and coherently to a variety of audiences.

Applications of Knowledge and Skills

Graduates will have the ability to demonstrate the application of knowledge and skills:

  • with initiative and judgment in professional practice and/or scholarship in one or more theologically-related disciplines related to Christian ministry;
  • adapt knowledge and skills in a particular context for Christian ministry;
  • with responsibility and accountability for own learning and practice and in collaboration with others;
  • to plan and execute project work and/or a piece of research and scholarship with some independence of perspective.

Articulation to other awards

Students who have completed the Bachelor of Ministry (Honours) will be eligible for entry into the Doctor of Philosophy and Doctor of Ministry provided they have met the entry requirements.

The Bachelor of Ministry (Honours) is offered through the individual colleges and an application for enrolment must be made to the Registrar of the teaching institution. The registrar will be able to help you with all information regarding your study, including fees, units, mode of delivery, and timetable.

A domestic student at Sydney College of Divinity is designated as full-time if enrolled in 27 credit points or more in a semester, or part-time if enrolled in fewer than 27 credit points per semester. SCD offers a wide range of units and students have the option to study one or more units across the colleges delivering SCD awards, whilst enrolled with one college.

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