GradDipThSt Award Summary
Graduate Diploma of Theological Studies (GradDipThSt)
AQF Level 8 Graduate Diploma
A three-year AQF 7 award or equivalent in any discipline.
|Duration||1 year full-time or 3 years part-time.|
|Structure||72 credit points (8 units).
The course may be taken with at least one specialisation from the discipline of Biblical Studies or the subdiscipline of Systematic Theology.
A specialisation in the GradDipThSt comprises 36 credit points with at least one 9200-series unit.
|English Proficiency||Applicants whose entry qualifications were obtained in an institution where English is not the language of instruction normally require a minimum IELTS (or equivalent) score of 7.0 in all bands of the test.|
International students intending to study or studying on a student visa cannot enrol in the Graduate Diploma of Theological Studies.
Domestic students should contact the Registrar of the teaching college for enrolment and fee details.
Graduate Diploma of Theological Studies (GradDipThSt) is offered at:
- Australian College of Ministries
- St Andrew’s Greek Orthodox Theological College
- St Cyril’s Coptic Orthodox Theological College
Graduate Profile and Rationale
The Graduate Diploma of Theological Studies is designed for those who hold a three-year undergraduate tertiary qualification in a non-theological discipline and who wish to pursue a graduate qualification in theology. 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 Diploma of Theological Studies focuses on introducing students to the discipline of Biblical Studies and the subdiscipline of Systematic Theology equipping them with foundational knowledge for further study in these two areas.
Graduates will have:
- an advanced understanding, within a coherent body of knowledge in Systematic Theology and Biblical Studies,
- potential for acquiring and applying knowledge and skills in a new or existing discipline or professional area.
Graduates will have cognitive and technical skills specifically in 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
Graduates will have 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.
Articulation to 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.
ACADEMIC REGULATIONS for the Graduate Diploma of Theological Studies
|1||Admission to Candidature|
|1.1||An applicant for admission to candidature for the Graduate Diploma of Theological Studies will:|
|1.1.1||Have completed a three-year AQF Level 7 award from an accredited Australian tertiary institution; or|
|1.1.2||hold, from a university or other tertiary institution, qualifications approved by the Student Support and Administration Committee as equivalent to such an award, or|
|1.1.3||hold an SCD 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.|
|1.2||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.|
|1.3||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.|
|1.4||A Candidate for the award will be designated as full-time or part-time. A student is designated as full-time if enrolled in 27 credit points or more in a semester or part-time if enrolled in less than 27 credit points per semester.|
|1.5||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 Academic Board.|
|1.6||Applicants whose entry qualifications were obtained in an institution where English is not the language of instruction will normally 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.|
|1.7||Application for admission to the Graduate Diploma of Theological Studies program is made to the Registrar of the appropriate Teaching Body offering the program.|
|2.1||The Graduate Diploma of Theological Studies requires the completion of 72 credit points (8 units).|
|2.2||36 credit points of core units (4 units) will be taken from the discipline of Biblical Studies and the subdiscipline of Systematic Theology.|
|2.3||All course units shall be taken from the Schedule of Units of Study in the 8100 and 9200 series.|
|2.4||The course may be taken with a specialisation in the discipline of Biblical Studies or in the subdiscipline of Systematic Theology. A specialisation in the GradDipThSt comprises 36 credit points in the respective sub/discipline with at least one 9200-series unit.|
|2.5||Units coded “A” are not counted towards a specialisation in any discipline or subdiscipline.|
|2.6||Students who enter the program from a BTh, BMin, MDiv equivalent course cannot enrol in units with content similar to those covered in their earlier studies.|
|3||Period of Candidature|
|3.1||The period of candidature for the diploma shall normally be 1 year full-time (2 semesters) and up to 3 years (6 semesters) part-time.|
|3.2||In certain circumstances, the Student Support and Administration Committee may grant extensions to the period of candidature.|
|4||Leave of Absence|
|4.1||The Student Support and Administration Committee may grant leave of absence from the Graduate Diploma of Theological Studies. The period of leave will not be counted as part of the period of candidature for the award.|
|4.2||The period of leave shall normally be one semester after which a candidate may apply for a further period of one semester or will be required to complete candidature.|
|5.1||The assessment of subject units will be in the manner approved by the Academic Board, in line with the College’s established guidelines.|
|5.2||Academic Board may require students to present themselves for oral examination.|
|5.3||Academic and non-academic misconduct will be penalised in accordance with the regulations of the Sydney College of Divinity, whose stipulations are severe.|
|6||Credit and Recognised Prior Learning|
|6.1||A candidate may seek credit up to a maximum of 36 credit points in the Graduate Diploma of Theological Studies.|
|6.2||Credit can only be granted for Bible and Theology units at the graduate level, that are from an equivalent award or institution, and have outcomes, content, demand hours, and assessment equivalent to that of units in the SCD award.|
|6.3||Credit for Recognised Prior Learning can be granted subject to a successful application.|
|7.1||Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained herein, the Academic Board of the Sydney College of Divinity may, in any case in which it may deem it appropriate to do so, vary, dispense with or suspend any requirement or prescription by these regulations, and report forthwith to the Council of the Sydney College of Divinity.|