Graduate Diploma of Theological Studies

The Graduate Diploma of Theological Studies (GradDipThSt) is an AQF Level 8 Graduate Diploma. It is designed for those who hold a three-year undergraduate tertiary qualification in a non-theological discipline and wish to pursue a graduate qualification in theology and its associated disciplines, specifically in Theology and Biblical Studies. The study will allow you to be able to critically engage Christian thought and traditions, enhance your professional work and give expression to insights for Christian living.

The Graduate Diploma of Theological Studies 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.

Credit Points

72

Duration

1 year full-time or 3 years part-time

Fees

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An applicant for admission to candidature for a Graduate Diploma of 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 Student Support and Administration Committee as equivalent to such an award; or
  • hold an Sydney College of Divinity Graduate Certificate in Theological Studies – to receive the award a student is required to complete a further 36 credit points (4 units), and surrender the SCD GradCertThSt upon graduation.

Notwithstanding the provisions of this regulation the Sydney College of Divinity (SCD) Student Support and Administration Committee may require an applicant to demonstrate fitness for admission as a candidate for this diploma by carrying out such work and/or sitting for such examinations as the SCD Student Support and Administration Committee may determine

In exceptional cases an applicant may be admitted as a candidate for a Graduate Diploma of Theological Studies if the applicant submits evidence of other academic and professional attainments to the 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 Diploma of Theological Studies requires the completion of 8 units.

  • Four core units will be taken from the disciplines of Theology and Biblical Studies.
  • All course units shall be taken from the schedule of units of study in the 8500 and 9600 series.
  • The course may be taken with a specialisation in Theology or Biblical Studies. A specialisation in the GradDipThSt comprises 36 credit points in the respective disciplines with at least one 9600-series unit.
  • Students who enter the program from a Bachelor of Theology, Bachelor of Ministry, Master of Divinity equivalent course cannot enrol in units with content similar to those covered in their earlier studies.

Graduates will have:

Knowledge

an advanced understanding, within a coherent body of knowledge, specifically in the two core disciplines of Theology and Biblical Studies; this may include the acquisition and application of knowledge and skills in a new or existing discipline or professional area.

Skills

Cognitive and technical skills in the two core disciplines of Theology and Biblical Studies, so as to be able independently to:

  • review, reflect on, and synthesize theological information and identify and provide resources towards complex problems
  • think critically and evaluate complex ideas
  • apply specialised and creative skills for Christian living and ministry
  • research, analyse and communicate theologically related ideas to a variety of audiences.

Applications of Knowledge and Skills

the ability to:

  • make high level, independent and theologically informed judgements
  • plan and evaluate activities and projects within a particular ministry setting
  • identify ways that this body of knowledge relates to Christian living and / or ministry.

A candidate may seek credit up to a maximum of 36 credit points in the Graduate Diploma of 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 Master of Theological Studies offered by the Sydney College of Divinity, on completion of which students are required to surrender their SCD GradDipThSt

The Graduate Diploma of 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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