Graduate Certificate in Theological Studies
The Graduate Certificate in Theological Studies (GradCertThSt) is an AQF Level 8 award. It focuses on introducing students to two core theological disciplines (Theology and Biblical Studies) and equipping them with foundational knowledge for further study in these two areas. Students will be able to critically engage Christian thought and traditions, enhance their professional work and give expression to insights for Christian living.
The Graduate Certificate in Theological Studies may be ideal for you, if
- you hold a three-year undergraduate tertiary qualification in a non-theological discipline, and
- you wish to pursue a graduate qualification in theology and its associated disciplines, more specifically those of Theology and Biblical Studies
6 months full-time or 1.5 years part-time
An applicant for admission to candidature for a Graduate Certificate in Theological Studies shall:
- Have qualified for admission to a three-year AQF Level 7 award from an accredited Australian tertiary institution; or
- hold, from a university or other tertiary institution, qualifications approved by the Sydney College of Divinity Student Support and Administration Committee as equivalent to such an award.
Notwithstanding the provisions of this regulation the Sydney College of Divinity Student Support and Administration Committee may require an applicant to demonstrate fitness for admission as a candidate for this certificate by carrying out such work and/or sitting for such examinations as the Committee may determine
In exceptional cases an applicant may be admitted as a candidate for a Graduate Certificate in Theological Studies if the applicant submits evidence of other academic and professional attainments to the Sydney College of Divinity Student Support and Administration Committee.
No candidate for the award may be concurrently enrolled in any other undergraduate or postgraduate course within the Sydney College of Divinity or any other tertiary institution, unless approval has been granted by the Sydney College of Divinity Academic Board.
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 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.
The Graduate Certificate in Theological Studies requires the completion of 4 units (36 credit points)
- All course units shall be taken from the units of study in the 8500 and 9600 series.
- The four units shall include:
- One foundational unit in Theology
- One foundational unit in Biblical Studies
- Two elective units.
- The course may be taken with or without a concentration. A concentration in the Graduate Certificate comprises 18 credit points in the disciplines of Theology or Biblical Studies.
Graduates will have:
an understanding, within a coherent body of knowledge, of the core disciplines of Theology and Biblical Studies serving both as an introduction to the study of theology and its related disciplines and as the basis for independent lifelong learning.
Cognitive and technical skills specifically in the disciplines of Theology and Biblical Studies, so as to be able independently to:
- review and synthesize theological information and reflect on complex problems
- think critically and evaluate complex ideas
- research, analyse and communicate theologically related ideas
Applications of Knowledge and Skills
the ability to make high level, independent and theologically informed judgements related to a range of issues pertaining to Christian living and / or ministry.
A candidate may seek credit up to a maximum of 18 credit points in the Graduate Certificate in Theological Studies. Credit can be granted only from Bible and Theology units at graduate level where the outcomes, content, demand hours and assessment are equivalent to that of units in the Sydney College of Divinity award.
Articulation into Other Awards
Students are eligible to articulate to the Graduate Diploma of Theological Studies (4 further units), on completion of which students are required to surrender their Sydney College of Divinity Graduate Certificate. Students are also eligible to enter the Master of Theological Studies program.
The Graduate Certificate in Theological Studies 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 Sydney College of Divinity student is designated as 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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