Diploma of Christian Studies (Korean)

CRICOS 082723G

The Diploma of Christian Studies (DipChSt) (Korean) is an AQF Level 5 award delivered in Korean. It introduces students to Christian studies within higher education.  It 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 (Christian Life and Ministry). The special focus is achieved by completing a sub-major in the area of interest.

Graduates will acquire basic knowledge, skills, and values of Christian relevance to their professional, family, church, social, or personal lives. They will deepen their awareness of the nature and scope of theology and their affinity with it as a field of study within higher education.

The course is specially prepared for helping Korean ministers serving in migrant churches in Australia to enhance their expertise.

Credit Points



1 year full-time or 3 years part-time


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An applicant for admission to candidature for a Diploma of Christian Studies (Korean) shall:

  • have proof of satisfactory graduation from High School in Korea at a level that would gain admission into a university. This graduation is considered evidence of Korean language literacy sufficient to undertake the course; or
  • articulation from other Sydney College of Divinity programs and proficiency in the Korean language equivalent to level of 5 on the 6 level Yonsei University Korean Language Test, or
  • have proficiency in the Korean language equivalent to level of 5 on the 6 level Yonsei University Korean Language Test and have reached the age of 21 and so satisfy the requirements for Mature Age Entry; or
  • have adequate grounds for Special Entry

No candidate for the Diploma of Christian Studies (Korean) may be concurrently enrolled in any other undergraduate or postgraduate course within the Sydney College of Divinity (SCD) or any other tertiary institution, unless approval has been granted by the SCD Academic Board.

Korean Proficiency

In this course all teaching is conducted in the Korean language. All teaching and support staff are native Korean-language speakers. The course materials are in the Korean language. Graduates are expected to work in a Korean language context.

Applicants whose entry qualifications were obtained in an institution where Korean is not the language of instruction must be fluent in the Korean language and have achieved Korean proficiency equivalent to level of 5 on the 6 level Yonsei University Korean Language Test.

English Proficiency

  • Satisfactory completion of at least one year study of English as a subject in high school or in an English-only language school or other training centre, or
  • Satisfactory completion of a post-school award of at least 6 months duration where teaching was in English, or
  • Satisfactory completion of a test approved by the Sydney College of Divinity that demonstrates that the candidate can speak, write and read English.

The Diploma of Christian Studies requires the completion of 72 credit points (8 units in 7100-7399 series).

Every program for the award shall include:

  • at least 9 credit points within the discipline of Biblical Studies;
  • at least 9 credit points within the discipline of Theology;
  • at least one submajor (36 credit points) in the domain of Christian Thought (drawn from Biblical Studies, Theology, and Humanities in the Christian Tradition) or in the domain of Christian Practice (drawn from Christian Life and Ministry discipline and its sub disciplines);

All course units shall be taken from Sydney College of Divinity units coded within the 7100-7399 series.

Within the limits of the SCD policy on Course Unit Booklets, the content of each unit will be varied as appropriate to allow for consideration of Korean culture and values.

Every course unit requires students to demonstrate mastery of basic English language vocabulary and comprehension of English language passages related to that unit before enrolling in further units.

Graduates will have:


Technical and theoretical knowledge and concepts with introductory knowledge in the disciplines of Biblical Studies and Theology, and wider knowledge of the theological disciplines generally that will form the basis for further learning.


Cognitive, communication, and technical skills in a theologically-related body of knowledge, so that they are able to:

  • identify, analyse, synthesise, and act on theological information from a range of foundational sources
  • express ideas and perspectives in theology
  • communicate theologically-related knowledge, skills and ideas to others.

Applications of Knowledge and Skills

Graduate will have the ability to:

  • demonstrate an understanding of theological knowledge by applying it in their professional, family, church, social, or personal lives
  • perform technical operations of some complexity in relation to Christian living, taking personal responsibility for them.
  • exercise initiative and judgment in reflecting on issues of Christian living, including some ability to do so with others.

A candidate may seek credit up to a maximum of 36 credit points in the Diploma of Christian Studies (Korean).

Credit will be granted for units that are from an equivalent award or institution and have outcomes, content, demand hours, and assessment equivalent to that of units in the Diploma of Christian Studies (Korean).

Articulation to other awards

The Diploma of Christian Studies is both a stand-alone award and a nested award in the Associate Degree of Christian Thought and Practice, the Bachelor of Theology and the Bachelor of Ministry. As a result it articulates directly into any of these awards. On completion of any of these further awards the student would surrender the Diploma of Christian Studies. The award may be retained if no credit is granted into the further awards.

An application for enrolment for the Diploma of Christian Studies (Korean) 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 three units (27 credit points) or more in a semester or part-time if enrolled in less than three units (27 credit points) per semester. To complete a unit, a student must have been present for at least 80% of all prescribed activities, regardless of the mode of delivery.

International students

International students are subject to the conditions of their Australian student visa and are required to maintain a full-time enrolment of four units (36 credit points) per semester. 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]