MThSt Award Summary

Master of Theological Studies (MThSt)

AQF Level 9 Masters Degree (Coursework) 
Entry Requirements A Sydney College of Divinity Graduate Certificate in Theological Studies or equivalent
Duration          1 year (2 semesters) full-time or 3 years (6 semesters) part-time.
Mode           Full-time, Part-time
Structure 72 credit points (8 units).

The course will be taken with at least 36 credit points (4 units) from the discipline of Biblical Studies and the subdiscipline of Systematic Theology.

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 MThSt comprises 54 credit points with at least 18 cps of 9200-series units. Grad Cert entry award units may be used towards the 54 credit points required for specialisation.

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.

Admission

International students intending to study or studying on a student visa cannot enrol in the Master of Theological Studies.

Domestic students should contact the Registrar of the teaching college for enrolment and fee details.

Master of Theological Studies (MThSt) is offered at:

Graduate Profile and Rationale

The Master of Theological Studies is designed for those who hold a Graduate Certificate in Theological Studies and who wish to pursue a further qualification in the discipline of Biblical Studies and the subdiscipline of Systematic Theology as part of their continuing education for ministry.

Outcomes

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.

Knowledge

Graduates will have:

    • an integrated understanding of an advanced body of knowledge in Systematic Theology and Biblical Studies including recent developments in theory and practice.
    • an understanding of research principles and methods applicable to Systematic Theology and Biblical Studies and their practice.

Skills

Graduates will have specialised cognitive and technical skills specifically in Theology and Biblical Studies, so as to be able independently to:

    • analyse critically, reflect on and synthesize complex information, problems, concepts and theories associated with theology and Biblical studies,
    • research and apply established theories to theology and Biblical studies,
    • apply specialised and creative skills for Christian living and ministry,
    • interpret and transmit knowledge, skills and ideas through coherent and sustained argument to specialist and non-specialist audiences in relation to Theology and Biblical Studies.

Applications of Knowledge and Skills

Graduates will have 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 either the discipline of Biblical Studies or the subdiscipline of Systematic Theology.

Exit Point

The Graduate Diploma of Theological Studies requires a further 36 credit points and the surrender of the Sydney College of Divinity Graduate Certificate in Theological Studies.

ACADEMIC REGULATIONS for the Master of Theological Studies

1 Admission to Candidature
1.1 An applicant for admission to candidature for the Master of Theological Studies will:
1.1.1 hold a SCD Graduate Certificate in Theological Studies; 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.
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 Master 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 a 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 Master of Theological Studies program is made to the Registrar of the appropriate Teaching Body offering the program.
2 Course Structure
2.1 The Master of Theological Studies requires the completion of 72 credit points (8units) from 8100 and 9200 series units in the SCD Schedule of Units of Study.
2.2 The 72 credit points (eight units) will include 36 cps (4 units) from the discipline of Biblical Studies and the subdiscipline of Systematic Theology.
2.3 The course may include a specialisation that comprises 54 credit points in either Biblical Studies or Systematic Theology with at least two 9200-series units. The Grad Cert entry award can be used towards the 54 credit points required for specialisation.
2.4 Units coded “A” are not counted towards a specialisation in any discipline or subdiscipline.
2.5 The course will include a Generic (Research) unit and/or a Capstone unit and / in either the discipline of Biblical Studies or the subdiscipline of Systematic Theology as found in the SCD Schedule of Units of Study.
2.6 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.
2.7 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 an 8100 Research Methodology unit (9 credit points) before or concurrently with the Research Project.
2.8 Candidates wishing to proceed to the degree of Master of Philosophy must include one 18 credit point research unit at Distinction level.
3 Period of Candidature
3.1 The period of candidature for the award will 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 Master 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 Assessment
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 rigorous.
6 Credit
6.1 A candidate may seek credit up to a maximum of 36 credit points in the Master of Theological Studies.
6.1 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.
7  Saving Clause
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.

 

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