Master of Theological Studies
The Master of Theological Studies (MThSt) is an AQF Level 9 Masters Degree (Coursework) award. It is designed for those who hold a Graduate Certificate in Theological Studies and who wish to pursue a further qualification in the disciplines of Theology or Biblical Studies as part of their continuing education for ministry.
1 year full-time or 3 years part time
An applicant for admission to candidature for a degree of Master of Theological Studies shall:
- Hold a Sydney College of Divinity Graduate Certificate in Theological Studies; or
- hold, from a university or other tertiary institution, qualifications approved by the Student Support and Administration Committee as equivalent to such an award
Notwithstanding the provisions of this regulation the Student Support and Administration Committee may require an applicant to demonstrate fitness for admission as a candidate for this degree by carrying out such work and/or sitting for such examinations as the Student Support and Administration Committee may determine.
In exceptional cases an applicant may be admitted as a candidate for a Master 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 Master of Theological Studies requires the completion of 8 units (72 credit points) from 8500 and 9600 series units in the SCD Schedule of Units of Study.
The eight units (72 credit points) will include 4 units from the disciplines of Theology and Biblical Studies.
The course may include a specialisation which comprises 54 credit points in either Theology or Biblical Studies with at least two 9600-series units. The Grad Cert entry award can be used towards the 54 credit points required for specialisation.
The course shall include a Generic (Research) unit and / or a Capstone unit and / in either the disciplines of Theology or Biblical Studies as found in the SCD Schedule of Units of Study.
A candidate may take a maximum of 36 credit points in units listed as Generic (Research) units in the Schedule of Units of Study with a maximum of 18 credit points in Independent Guided Study units, 18 credit points in Research Project units, and 18 credit points as a Research Essay.
A candidate may include 18 credit points in the Research Essay (10,000-12,000 words in length and written in the area of specialisation under supervision) providing the candidate completes a 8500 Research Methodology unit (9 credit points) before or concurrently with the Research Project.
Candidates wishing to proceed to the degree of Master of Philosophy must include one 18 credit point research unit at Distinction level.
Graduates will have specialised knowledge and skills for research, and/or professional practice and/or further learning and the ability to apply such knowledge and skills in a theologically-related area:
Graduates will possess:
- an integrated understanding of an advanced body of knowledge in the disciplines of Theology and Biblical Studies including recent developments in these two disciplines and/or their practice.
- an understanding of research principles and methods applicable to these theological disciplines and their practice
Expert, specialised cognitive and technical skills in the two core disciplines of Theology and Biblical Studies, so as to be able independently to:
- analyse critically, reflect on and synthesise complex information, problems, concepts and theories associated with the two core disciplines of Theology and Biblical Studies
- research and apply established theories to these two disciplines
- interpret and transmit knowledge, skills and ideas through coherent and sustained argument to specialist and non-specialist audiences in relation to the disciplines of Theology and Biblical Studies.
Applications of Knowledge and Skills
the ability to:
- apply knowledge and skills in a way that demonstrates autonomy, expert judgement, adaptability, and accountability as a practitioner and/or learner in relation to the interdependent building of the church and good of the wider community
- plan and execute a research-based project, and/or piece of scholarship in one of the two core disciplines of Theology and Biblical Studies.
A candidate may seek credit up to a maximum of 36 credit points in the Master 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.
The Master of Theological Studies has nested within in the Graduate Certificate in Theological Studies and the Graduate Diploma of Theological Studies. The Graduate Diploma of Theological Studies requires 36 credit points, and the surrender of the Sydney College of Divinity Graduate Certificate in Theological Studies.
The Master 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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