The Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF)
is the national policy that regulates qualifications in Australia. It supports students by ensuring that there is a nationally consistent approach to education and training thereby making it easier for individuals to determine which course of study is best for their needs. The AQF arranges qualifications into levels with the following levels of relevance to higher education:
|Level 6||Advanced Diploma, Associate Degree|
|Level 7||Bachelor Degree|
|Level 8||Honours Degree, Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma|
|Level 9||Master's Degree|
|Level 10||Doctoral Degree|
Under earlier editions of the AQF it was possible to complete a Master’s Degree in 1 year of study. From January 1 2015, however, the volume of learning for Master’s Degrees will increase, with the level and discipline of the student’s highest existing qualification affecting the duration of the course.
With an existing qualification in the same discipline, the Master’s Degree will be:
• 1.5 years if the existing qualification is at an AQF Level 7.
• 1 year if the existing qualification is at an AQF Level 8.
With an existing qualification in a different discipline, the Master’s Degree will be:
• 2 years if the existing qualification is at an AQF Level 7.
• 1.5 years if the existing qualification is at an AQF Level 8.
What does this mean for people considering studying, or already studying, a Master of Theological Studies?
If you commenced and completed a unit by the end of Semester 2 2014, you will be eligible under the old Master’s rules and will complete your degree in 1 year full-time (or part-time equivalent).
If you commence your studies in Semester 1 2015 you may need to complete two years of full-time study. This is dependent on your existing qualification’s level and discipline.