Master of Theology
The Master of Theology (MTh) is an AQF Level 9 Masters Degree (Coursework). It is a coursework program designed for those who hold at least a Bachelor of Theology (or equivalent) and who wish to pursue theological studies in greater depth and with greater rigour. It includes either a specialisation of six units in one discipline or subdiscipline, or in-depth studies of three units in two or more disciplines or subdisciplines, along with the opportunity for a focused research project.
1.5 years full-time or 4.5 years part-time
An applicant for admission to candidature for a degree of Master of Theology must:
- have completed a three year AQF Level 7 award in the discipline of theology; or
- have completed the Master of Arts of the Sydney College of Divinity and take up the same specialisation in the MTh which was undertaken in the MA program and meet the pre-requisites for any coursework units in the MTh, or
- shall hold, from a university or other tertiary institution, qualifications approved by the Student Support and Administration Committee as equivalent to a three year AQF Level 7 award in the discipline of theology.
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 a degree of Master of Theology 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 degree of Master of Theology 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 MTh requires the completion of 108 credit points.
Every program for the award shall include:
- Either a specialisation (54 credit points) in a discipline or subdiscipline,
- A specialisation in a subdiscipline requires 54 credit points from the subdiscipline.
- A specialisation in a discipline requires 54 credit points from the discipline, with at least 27 credit points in one subdiscipline. or
- In-depth studies (27 credit points) in two or more disciplines or subdisciplines.
- At least one 9600 series Generic Research unit – a Research Essay (18 credit points – 10,000-12,000 words in length and written in the area of specialisation under supervision) and / or a Research Project with a professional focus (9 or if 18 credit points – 10,000-12,000 words in length and written in the area of specialisation under supervision)) and / or a Capstone unit as found in the Sydney College of Divinity Schedule of Units of Study. Each student enrolled in a Research Project or Research Essay must complete a 8500-series Research Methodology unit (9 credit points) which can be completed before or concurrently with the Research Project or Essay;
- Not more than 90 credit points in one sub-discipline, including a Research Essay, but not including the Research Methodology unit;
- Not more than 18 credit points in Independent Guided Studies without approval of the Academic Board;
- Up to four units may be taken from the 8500 series (including 8500 series language units).
- The 8500-series Research Methodology Unit (9 credit points) may be taken in addition to the four 8500 series units referred above.
- All other course units shall be taken from the 9600-series units in the Schedule of Units of Study.
- A candidate may take a maximum of 54 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 36 credit points as a Research Essay. Students who transfer from the MTh to either the MDiv or the MA cannot exceed this limit in total across both programs.
Candidates who enter the program from a BTh or equivalent cannot enrol in units with content similar to those covered in their previous studies.
Candidates wishing to proceed to the degree of Master of Philosophy must include one 18 credit point research unit or two 9 credit point research units at Distinction level.
The disciplines and subdisciplines and specialisations are:
|Discipline||Subdisciplines||Specialisations / Sub-specialisations|
|Biblical Studies||Biblical Studies (B)||Biblical Studies|
|Christian Life & Ministry||Christian Spirituality (S)
Worship & Liturgy (L)
Pastoral Counselling (C)
Pastoral Theology (P)
Christian Ethics (E)
Worship & Liturgy
Christian Life & Ministry [Discipline]
|Humanities in Christian Tradition||Church History (H)
Theological Education (D)
Humanities in Christian Tradition [Discipline](specialisations and sub- specialisations not to include A units)
Graduates will have advanced knowledge and skills in relation to theology and its related disciplines, enabling them to undertake research and/or to engage in professional practice, and/or to continue life-long learning.
Graduates will acquire:
- A deep and integrated understanding of an advanced body of knowledge in one or more theologically related disciplines or areas of practice, with a solid grasp of recent developments in those sub-disciplines and areas of practice
- understanding of research principles and methods applicable to theological investigation and practice
- expert, specialized cognitive and technical skills in a theologically-related body of knowledge, so that they are able independently to:
- analyse critically, reflect on and synthesize complex information, problems, concepts and theories associated with a theologically-related body of knowledge
- research and apply established theories to a theologically-related body of knowledge or practice
- interpret and transmit knowledge, skills and ideas through coherent and sustained argument to specialist and non-specialist audiences in relation to a theologically-related body of knowledge
Applications of Knowledge and Skills
the ability to
- apply knowledge and skills in a way that demonstrates autonomy, expert judgment, adaptability, and accountability as a practitioner or learner in relation to one or more theological disciplines, with a view to the building up of the church and the good of the wider community.
- plan and execute a substantial research-based project, and/or piece of independent study in an area of theology.
A candidate may seek credit up to a maximum of 54 credit points in the Master of Theology. Credit can be granted only from 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 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.
International students are subject to the conditions of their Australian student visa and are required to maintain a full-time enrolment of 4 units (36 credit points) per semester, including a minimum of one unit per semester in face-to-face mode, and at least two-thirds of the total units in face-to-face mode. 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]