AQF level 8 Award

BTh (Hons) is designed to develop advanced research skills in theology and is a stepping-stone to postgraduate study.

Bachelor of Theology (Honours)

The Bachelor of Theology (Honours) (BTh (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 one or more theologically-related disciplines.

The Bachelor of Theology (Honours) is not offered to international students.

Credit Points



1 year full-time or 3 years part-time

Fee Information

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Study Terms

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Award Specifications

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An applicant for admission to candidature for a degree of Bachelor of Theology (Honours) shall:

  • hold a Bachelor of Theology from the Sydney College of Divinity completed within the previous five years, with a grade point average of 2.7 overall and 3.0 in the area of specialisation; or
  • hold a qualification from another university or tertiary institution that the Academic Board considers equivalent to the requirements above.

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.

An applicant may not be admitted to candidature unless the teaching institution in which they are enrolled can ensure that adequate supervision is available.

No candidate for the BTh(Hons) may be concurrently enrolled in any other undergraduate or postgraduate course within the Sydney College of Divinity (SCD) or any other tertiary institution unless the candidate is enrolled in an approved joint degree program, unless approval has been granted by the SCD Academic Board.

The Bachelor of Theology (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 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 thesis of 20,000 words for 36 credit points in the area of specialisation.

A candidate may not submit as the main content of the thesis 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 theologically-related disciplines, 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 problems;
  • think critically, evaluate and generate complex ideas;
  • 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;
  • adapt knowledge and skills in diverse theologically-related contexts;
  • 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.

Articulation to other awards

Students may articulate to the Master of Philosophy, the Doctor of Ministry, the Doctor of Theology, and the Doctor of Philosophy provided they meet the entry requirements.

The Bachelor of Theology (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 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.

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