Theology and Philosophy

Postgraduate coursework programs

Within Catholic organisations there is an identified need for professionals to understand and promote the mission, identity and ethos of the Catholic Church. The MPST has been developed specifically to address this need.

The course is ideal for Catholic school teachers and other professionals looking to develop and enhance their leadership capacity, as well as professionals working in Catholic and other Church agencies.

Executive Dean of the Faculty of Theology and Philosophy Professor Dermot Nestor said the degree was designed specifically for those who worked within or wished to provide leadership to Catholic and other Church agencies.

“For teachers, in particular, the programme is a direct response to requests for a deeper level of engagement with the discipline of theology that will assist staff and students give expression to the Catholic identity of their organisation,” Professor Nestor said.

Highlighting this is the inclusion of two units on the Enhancing Catholic Schools Identity (ECSI) project.

“With a rich variety of international study tour opportunities, an ability specialise in a particular discipline areas and a capstone research component, the MPST allows you to build upon your existing qualifications and professional experience and to promote the mission, identity and ethos of the Catholic Church.”

The MPST offers multiple entry points, with recognition for professional experience and prior learning. It is available online and on all ACU campuses (via multi-mode delivery – a combination of online and attendance).

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Direct applications only.

For more information, download the Master of Professional Studies in Theology flyer PDF, 519.91 KB.

This is a coursework degree for students with a background in Theology. It is designed to develop mastery of theological knowledge. It includes the possibility of specialising in a particular theological discipline. This program also develops the students' capacity to undertake, under supervision, a theological or philosophical research-based project.

The Master of Theological Studies can be completed with units that are fully online. Some units are also offered as intensives that are offered nationally in flexible mode using videoconferencing and webinars.

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Other qualifications

Students who are wishing to complete a shorter term of study could complete either of the:

This course is designed to develop an understanding of the theological concepts and understandings that are fundamental to the Catholic faith, and the core principles and practices for teaching religious education.

Graduates of the program are eligible for accreditation to teach religious education in Catholic schools, in accordance with the CECV Accreditation Policy.

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The course is designed for current and aspiring leaders in the Catholic health, aged care, and social services sectors. It aims to develop concepts and competencies for competent and confident leadership of Catholic culture, ethos and mission and in the fostering of Catholic values in Catholic organizations and agencies.

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These are coursework awards that provide graduates with a four-unit specialisation in liturgical studies.

This course gives graduates in other disciplines a basic foundation in Christian theology, as well as allowing Theology graduates the opportunity to extend their knowledge in specific areas.

Completing the Graduate Certificate in Theological Studies qualifies students for admission into the Master of Theological Studies.

Depending on their unit choices, graduates of this course will be able to:

  • interpret biblical texts using insights drawn from historical, cultural, literary, philosophical and theological analyses
  • use a variety of biblical and theological resources to explain the historical origins, development and interconnections of central Christian doctrines
  • explore the fundamentals of liturgical studies, sacramental celebrations, liturgical seasons and liturgical music
  • know the sources of and methodological approaches to a range of theological studies
  • understand the implications of Christian belief for Christian practice.

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Please note: The GCTS (Liturgy) is offered on a part-time basis with two units offered each year. It will be offered next beginning in 2016.

For more information, download the Graduate Certificate in Theological Studies (Liturgy) flyer (PDF, 250KB).