AQF Level 5 Award

The DipTh is an introductory study across a range of theological disciplines.

Diploma of Theology

The Diploma of Theology (DipTh) is an AQF Level 5 award. It provides the opportunity to study in theological disciplines. It is designed for those with less formal educational background than those undertaking the Bachelor of Theology or Bachelor of Ministry awards, or those who are seeking an award requiring less overall commitment than AQF Level 6 or 7 studies.

The Diploma of Theology provides students with introductory study across a range of theological disciplines. It is designed for Christians seeking a foundation for informed participation in the local church, para-church ministries, and in the wider community. It also provides some opportunity to gain knowledge and skills appropriate for Christian ministry but not necessarily of the breadth or depth required for professional ministry. The award requires completion of course units in Biblical Studies, Theology, Church History, and Christian Life and Ministry.

Credit Points



1.5 years full-time or 5 years part-time


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Entry into the Diploma of Theology requires

  • Satisfactory completion of Year 12 in the Australian school system, or its equivalent; or
  • Mature Age and Special Entry Admissions for those who have reached the age of 20

No candidate for the Diploma of Theology 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.

English Proficiency

Applicants whose entry qualifications were obtained in an institution where English is not the language of instruction normally will be required to demonstrate competency in English by an IELTS (or equivalent) result of 6.0 with no score below 5.5.

The Diploma of Theology requires the completion of 108 credit points (12 units) which shall include:

  • at least 27 credit points in Biblical Studies;
  • at least 27 credit points in Theology;
  • at least 9 credit points in Church History;
  • a further 45 credit points chosen from approved units.

All course units shall be taken from SCD units coded within the 5000 series.

Graduates will have:


Technical and theoretical knowledge and concepts with introductory knowledge in Biblical Studies, Christian Life and Ministry, Humanities within the Christian Tradition, and Theology, and wider knowledge of theology 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 related to Christian faith
  • communicate theologically-related knowledge, skills and ideas to others

Applications of Knowledge and Skills

The ability to:

  • demonstrate an understanding of theological knowledge by applying it in Christian ministry
  • perform technical operations within Christian ministry that have some complexity, taking personal responsibility for them.
  • organise, with initiative and judgment, the work of self and others and plan, coordinate and evaluate the work of teams [within broad but generally well-defined parameters.]

A candidate may seek credit up to a maximum of 54 credit points in the Diploma of Theology.

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 Theology.

Articulation to other awards

Students who complete the Diploma of Theology and desire to undertake the Bachelor of Ministry or Bachelor of Theology will receive a block credit of 72 credit points distributed according to the units completed in this Diploma of Theology.

The Diploma of Theology 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 any 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.

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