Bachelor of Theology
The Bachelor of Theology (BTh) is an AQF Level 7 award. It provides a broad and coherent study of theology and related disciplines through a structure of majors and sub-majors. It aims to prepare you for professional and lay Christian ministry. The principles and concepts learnt will form the basis for independent lifelong learning.
3 years full-time or 9 years part-time
Entry into the Bachelor of Theology requires
- An Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) of 65, or its equivalent (eg. OP ≤ 16); or
- Mature Age and Special Entry Admissions for those who have reached the age of 21; or
- articulation from other Sydney College of Divinity programs.
Applicants whose entry qualifications were obtained in an institution where English is not the language of instruction may be admitted to the award providing they have achieved competency in English by
- achieving an IELTS (or equivalent) result of 6.5 with no score below 6.0 in all bands of the test or
- achieving an IELTS result of 6.0 with no score below 6.0 in all bands of the test providing they pass all course units in the first two semesters of the course
Unless approval has been granted by the Academic Board, no candidate for the Bachelor of Theology 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.
The Bachelor of Theology requires the completion of 216 credit points (24 units).
- Every program for the award shall include:
- Three sub-major sequences:
- Biblical Studies
- Humanities in the Christian Tradition (or its sub-disciplines) OR Church Life and Ministry (or its sub-disciplines)
- Two of these sub-majors shall be extended to a major
- At least 9 credit points in Church History
- Three sub-major sequences:
- Majors and submajors are available in:
- Biblical Studies.
- Biblical Studies (The BTh Biblical Studies major requires 54 credit points (see details below) plus 9 credit points in A7110 Introduction to Biblical Hebrew, A7120 Introduction to New Testament Greek, or A7130 Introduction to Biblical Languages taken before or concurrently with any post 7100 series Biblical Studies units.)
- Humanities in the Christian Tradition.
- Humanities in the Christian Tradition; Church History; and Philosophy.
- Christian Life & Ministry.
- Christian Life & Ministry; Christian Spirituality; Pastoral Counselling; Worship & Liturgy; Mission; Pastoral Theology; and Christian Ethics.
- Biblical Studies.
- A major in a subdiscipline requires 54 credit points from the subdiscipline, with not more than 18 credit points from 7100 series units and at least 9 credit points from 7300 series units. Under certain provisions (see 2.7), up to 36 credit points from 8500 and 9600 series units may be included.
- A major in a discipline requires 54 credit points from the discipline, with at least 27 credit points in one subdiscipline, with not more than 18 credit points from 7100 series units and at least 9 credit points from 7300 series units. Under certain provisions (see 2.7), up to 36 credit points from 8500 and 9600 series units may be included.
- A submajor requires 36 credit points from units assigned to the major including no more than 18 credit points from 7100 series units and with at least one 7200 series unit.
- Candidates who have completed 108 credit points towards the Bachelor of Theology may select up to 36 credit points from the Schedule of 8500 and 9600 series units. Within these units, a candidate can only select up to 18 credit points of 9600 series units provided they have already completed at least a sub-major in that sub-discipline with a Grade Point Average of at least 2.0.
All course units shall be taken from the Sydney College of Divinity Schedule of Units of Study.
Graduates will have:
- A broad and coherent body of knowledge with depth in the underlying principles and concepts in Theology, Biblical Studies and one other discipline or area of practice, that will form the basis for independent lifelong learning.
- Cognitive and technical skills in a theologically-related body of knowledge, so that they are able independently to:
- review, reflect on, and synthesize theological information and identify and provide solutions to complex problems;
- think critically and generate and evaluate complex ideas;
- demonstrate an understanding of theoretical theological concepts;
- communicate theologically-related knowledge, skills and ideas clearly and coherently.
Applications of Knowledge and Skills
- The ability to
- demonstrate a broad understanding of knowledge by applying it creatively in Christian living and ministry;
- make high level, independent judgments in a range of ministry settings;
- initiate, plan, and implement activities and projects within a range of ministry settings.
A candidate may seek credit for a maximum of 144 credit points in the Bachelor of Theology.
Students enrolled in the Bachelor of Theology may exit with a Diploma of Christian Studies or Associate Degree of Christian Thought and Practice provided they have met the requirements of the award.
The Bachelor of Theology is offered through the individual colleges and an application for enrolment must be made to the Registrar of the teaching institution. Not all majors and sub-majors are available at all teaching institutions. The registrar will be able to help you with all information regarding your study, including fees, units, mode of delivery and timetable.
A domestic Sydney College of Divinity student 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.
International students are subject to the conditions of their Australian student visa and are required to maintain a full-time enrolment of 4 units (36 credit points) per semester, including a minimum of one unit per semester in face-to-face mode, and at least two-thirds of the total units in face-to-face mode. If you are planning to enrol as an international student, you have the responsibility to ensure that you comply with your visa conditions at all times. Learn more about your responsibilities, rights and what studying in Australia can offer you. Not all our teaching institutions offer study programs for international students. Check out the locations and courses offered to international students, and for more information email us at [email protected]