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 pathway for research and further learning in Christian ministry.
1 year full-time or 3 years part-time
An applicant for admission to candidature for a degree of Bachelor of Ministry (Honours) shall:
- satisfactorily completed a Sydney College of Divinity Bachelor of Ministry within the last five years, with a grade point average of at least 2.7 in the coursework and at least 3.0 in the area of specialisation; or
- hold an equivalent qualification from a university or other tertiary institution.
The grade point average is calculated as follows:
GPA = (4H + 3D + 2C + 1P +0N) ÷ E where:
- H is the number of credit points gained at H grade
- D is the number of credit points gained at D grade
- C is the number of credit points gained at C grade
- P is the number of credit points gained at P grade
- N is the number of credit points attempted which earned an N grade
- E is the total number of credit points for which a student has enrolled (excluding units with W and S)
You will need to supply transcripts for verification.
Applicants whose entry qualifications were obtained in an institution where English is not the language of instruction will be required to demonstrate competency in English by an IELTS result of 7.0 in all bands of the test and may be required to attend such English language courses as prescribed by the Sydney College of Divinity.
Applicants will be required to show evidence of competence in appropriate ancient and/or modern languages in order to access primary sources and significant secondary works relevant to their thesis topic. Language requirements will be determined at the time of application in consultation with the proposed supervisor.
No candidate for the BMin(Hons) may be concurrently enrolled in any other undergraduate or postgraduate course within the Sydney College of Divinity or any other tertiary institution unless the candidate is enrolled in an approved joint degree program, unless approval has been granted by the Academic Board.
An applicant may not be admitted to candidature unless the teaching institution in which they have enrolled can ensure that adequate supervision is available.
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 shall include:
- a 8500-series Research Methodology Unit (9 credit points)
- a 8500-series Honours Seminar Unit (9 credit points)
- a further two units (18 credit points in total) in the area of specialisation from 9600-series units.
- a supervised research project of 20,000 words for 36 credit points in the area of specialisation.
A candidate may not submit as the main content of the project any work or material which has previously been submitted for a degree without major reworking.
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.
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
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 a 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.
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