BMinHons Award Summary
Bachelor of Ministry (Honours) (BMin(Hons))
AQF Level 8 Award
Entry Requirements : The course shall be available to those who have completed the Sydney College of Divinity BMin within the previous five years, with a grade point average of 2.7 in the coursework and 3.0 in the area of specialisation; or hold equivalent qualifications from a university or other tertiary institution.
Duration : 1 year full-time or 3 years part-time.
Mode : Full-time, part-time.
Structure : 72 credit points, comprising 36 credit points in coursework and a thesis for 36 credit points.
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.
Graduate Profile and Rationale
The Bachelor of Ministry (Honours) award qualifies candidates who apply a body of theological knowledge in a specific context to undertake professional work and as pathway for research and further learning in Christian ministry.
Graduates will have:
- A coherent and advanced body of knowledge with depth in the underlying principles and concepts in one or more disciplines related to Christian ministry, and knowledge of research principles and methods.
- Cognitive and technical skills in a theologically-related body of knowledge, so that they are able independently to:
- review, analyse, synthesise and transform theological information and identify and transmit solutions to complex ministry problems;
- think critically, evaluate and generate complex ideas in developing new strategies in the practice of Christian ministry;
- technical skills to design and use research in a project;
- communicate theologically-related knowledge, skills and ideas clearly and coherently to a variety of audiences.
Applications of Knowledge and Skills
- The ability to demonstrate the application of knowledge and skills:
- with initiative and judgment in professional practice and/or scholarship in one or more theologically-related disciplines related to Christian ministry;
- adapt knowledge and skills in a particular context for Christian ministry;
- with responsibility and accountability for own learning and practice and in collaboration with others;
- to plan and execute project work and/or a piece of research and scholarship with some independence of perspective.
Articulation to Other Awards
Students who have completed the Bachelor of Ministry (Honours) will be eligible for entry into the Doctor of Philosophy and Doctor of Ministry provided they have met the entry requirements.
Academic Regulations for the Bachelor of Ministry (Honours)
1 Admission to Candidature
1.1 An applicant for admission to candidature for a degree of Bachelor of Ministry (Honours) shall:
1.2 Satisfactory completion of the Sydney College of Divinity BMin within the last five years and with a grade point average of at least 2.7 in the coursework and at least 3.0 in the area of specialisation; or
1.3 hold an equivalent qualification from a university or other tertiary institution.
The grade point average is calculated as follows:
GPA = (4H + 3D + 2C + 1P +0N) ÷ E where:
H is the number of credit points gained at H grade
D is the number of credit points gained at D grade
C is the number of credit points gained at C grade
P is the number of credit points gained at P grade
N is the number of credit points attempted which earned an N grade
E is the total number of credit points for which a student has enrolled (excluding units with W and S)
You will need to supply transcripts for verification
1.4 A candidate for a Bachelor of Ministry (Honours) shall be designated as full-time or part-time. A 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.
1.5 An applicant may not be admitted to candidature unless the Teaching Body in which he or she is enrolled can ensure that adequate supervision is available.
1.6 Applicants whose entry qualifications were obtained in an institution where English is not the language of instruction will be required to demonstrate competency in English by an IELTS 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 Applicants will be required to show evidence of competence in appropriate ancient and/or modern languages in order to access primary sources and significant secondary works relevant to their thesis topic. Language requirements will be determined at the time of application in consultation with the proposed supervisor.
1.8 Application for enrolment in the Bachelor of Ministry (Honours) is made to the Registrar of the appropriate Teaching Body offering the program.
1.9 No candidate for the BMin(Hons) may be concurrently enrolled in any other undergraduate or postgraduate course within the Sydney College of Divinity or any other tertiary institution unless the candidate is enrolled in an approved joint degree program, unless approval has been granted by the Academic Board.
2 Course Structure
2.1 The Bachelor of Ministry (Honours) requires the completion of 72 credit points, comprising 36 credit points in coursework and a thesis for 36 credit points.
2.2 The award shall include:
2.2.1 a 8500-series Research Methodology Unit (9 credit points)
2.2.2 a 8500-series Honours Seminar Unit (9 credit points)
2.2.3 a further two units (18 credit points in total) in the area of specialisation from 9600-series units.
2.2.4 a supervised research project of 20,000 words for 36 credit points in the area of specialisation.
2.3 A candidate may not submit as the main content of the project any work or material which has previously been submitted for a degree without major reworking.
2.4 The appropriate body of the Teaching Body in which the candidate is enrolled shall appoint a supervisor.
2.5 Within four weeks (FTE) of enrolling in the year in which the thesis is to be written the candidate’s supervisor shall receive a thesis topic which is to be submitted by the appropriate body of the Member Institution for approval to the Research Committee of the Sydney College of Divinity.
2.6 All thesis proposals involving the gathering of personal information from people by surveys, interviews or case studies etc must first be referred to the Research Committee for approval using the appropriate forms and will be dealt with according to the procedures and policies of the Ethics Review Committee.
3 Period of Candidature
3.1 The period of candidature for the degree shall normally be 1 year full-time study or up to 3 years part-time.
3.2 In certain circumstances the Student Support and Administration Committee may grant extensions.
4 Monitoring of Candidature
4.1 Once each semester, and at any other time considered appropriate, the supervisor of the project shall report to the appropriate body of the Teaching Body on the progress of each candidate using the appropriate form.
5 Termination of Candidature
5.1 If for any reason the candidate’s progress is deemed to be unsatisfactory, the Teaching Body in which the candidate is enrolled shall ask the candidate to show cause why candidature should not be terminated.
5.2 Any show cause submission shall be forwarded to the Research Committee and the Committee’s recommendation shall be forwarded to the Academic Board. The Committee may recommend the termination of candidature, continuation of enrolment and imposition of conditions on continuation of candidature.
5.3 If the candidate does not show cause, the Research Degree Committee shall recommend termination of candidature to the Academic Board.
5.4 Persons whose candidature has been terminated may have recourse to the appeals procedures. The decision of the appeals committee is final.
6 Examination of Supervised Research Project
6.1 The candidate shall submit to the Teaching Body in which she or he is enrolled three copies of a thesis embodying the results of the candidate’s research. All copies of the thesis shall be bound in temporary form. The thesis must be written and presented in accordance with the current guidelines for the preparation of a thesis within the Sydney College of Divinity.
6.2 The thesis must be the candidate’s own work, must be written in English and reach a satisfactory standard of literary presentation.
6.3 Before a candidate may submit a thesis, the supervisor must certify in writing that the thesis conforms to the requirements of the regulations. A certificate to this effect shall be supplied by the supervisor when the thesis is submitted. If the supervisor does not so certify, the appropriate body of the Teaching Body in which the supervision took place shall determine whether the thesis shall be submitted after having considered written submissions from the supervisor and the candidate.
6.4 The Sydney College of Divinity Research Committee shall appoint two examiners, at least one of whom shall be external to the Teaching Body of both the supervisor and the student. Examiners shall report in writing three months from the receipt of the thesis. Examiners will be replaced if the report is not received within four months unless the examiner is given leave to report later.
6.5 The thesis shall be graded by the examiners according to the standard grading practice within the College and a final grade achieved by averaging the grades awarded by the examiners; provided that where the examiners’ marks differ by more than ten (10) marks a third examiner will be asked to grade the thesis and the final result will be based on consideration of the three grades.
6.6 The four course work units shall be graded according to standard grading practice within the Sydney College of Divinity.
6.7 The final grade of honours is calculated by taking into account the results of the Honours thesis (36 credit points) and the four course work units (36 credit points). The Academic Board of the Teaching Body shall then propose a final grade of First Class Honours, Second Class Honours Division One, Second Class Honours Division Two or Third Class Honours, as deemed appropriate.
6.8 The classes of honours shall be H = First Class; D = Second Class, Division One; C = Second Class, Division Two; P = Third Class.
6.9 If a candidate completes all the components of the honours course but fails to qualify for the award of any class of honours, his or her academic record will be endorsed with an academic comment “Failed to qualify for a class of honours in the BMin” and the honours course description against which the class of honours is normally recorded will be deleted.
7 Examiners’ Reports
7.1 Candidates will be given a copy of the examiners’ reports at the completion of the examination process. Examiners’ names will be included unless a written request to the contrary has been received by the Office of the Dean.
8 Submission of the Completed Thesis
8.1 When any corrections as determined by the Research Committee in light of the examiners’ reports have been completed, two bound copies of the thesis are to be submitted to the Office of the Dean. The bound copies are to conform to the guidelines for the presentation and binding of theses following examination.
9 Saving Clause
9.1 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.