Theology and Philosophy

Executive Dean's Welcome

The Faculty of Theology and Philosophy takes great pride in the academic rigour and quality of its courses. Students learn from an international community of academics, in the company of dedicated and enthusiastic students, and benefit from a comprehensive network of global partnerships, world-leading researchers, and a supportive and nurturing environment.


The Faculty offers theology and philosophy suited to any stage of your life and career journey and accessible at all levels. There are short courses in theology; certificate, diploma and bachelor opportunities; postgraduate courses at masters, graduate certificate and graduate diploma levels; professional degrees by research; international study tours; and a wide range professional development and in-service opportunities.

At ACU, your educational experience is our priority. All of our programs are designed and delivered by a dynamic community of scholars and is aligned with your needs. We regularly engage with our Catholic sector partners, as well as other industry and community leaders and experts, so that we can deliver courses that are responsive to the needs of both the community and the industries within which our graduates work.

Our courses are offered in a variety of modes that complement modern lifestyles – from face-to-face to fully online; semester long or in intensive mode. Digital technologies and staff expertise support networked classrooms that afford students from different campuses and countries ‘real time’ interactions. Learning and teaching is also supported through a range of resources, readings, and activities designed to enable you achieve your desired learning outcomes. This is a direct response to the changes across the higher education sector, but more importantly, it ensures that your learning program will suit your lifestyle and you will graduate prepared for an increasingly internationalised and technologically sophisticated labour market.

As Australia’s leading Catholic University, we are committed to a distinctive perspective on higher education; one that will equip you with the skills and knowledge to respond to the challenges of our contemporary world. Our graduates are leaders, defined by a unique set of values and an understanding of how high ethical standards in decision-making have a positive impact on organisational success, communities and society at large.

For leaders and senior staff in Catholic agencies and organisations, the faculty has developed a full suite of flexible educational opportunities anchored by the concepts of leadership in Catholic identity and Catholic mission. Backed by robust scholarship and demonstrated research excellence, our programs are specifically tailored to equip graduates with the knowledge and skills required to lead the Catholic identity, mission, and ethos of their respective organisations with integrity, authenticity, and authority.

Within the faculty, the Institute for Religion and Critical Inquiry provides a vibrant hub for higher degree research across our designated research focus areas: Biblical and Early Christian Studies, Catholic Thought and Practice, Moral Philosophy and Applied Ethics, and the Philosophy and Phenomenology of Religion.

I invite you to explore our website and various options for further study, and I encourage you come and meet with our staff to discuss what might suit your individual or organisational needs and interests.

I look forward to welcoming you to our community.

Professor Dermot Nestor
Executive Dean, Faculty of Theology and Philosophy