Bachelor of Theology

Course information for - 2023 entry

Offered at 3 locations

Study mode
Multi-mode
Duration
3 years full-time or equivalent part-time
CRICOS Code
029061D
IELTS
Overall score 6.5; Individual score of 6.0 in all tests
Fees (first year)*
$23400
Start dates
February 2023, July 2023, February 2024, July 2024

Overview

Framed by the Catholic intellectual tradition, this degree will introduce you to the richness and breadth of theological scholarship. By choosing theology, you will explore knowledge, identity and value, and uncover the meaning and significance of faith. You can pursue an in-depth program of study in Biblical studies, systematic theology, ministry, liturgy, ancient languages, biblical studies, and philosophy – with the flexibility to choose units from other disciplines, such as arts and social sciences.

Global experience is encouraged as part of your learning, with study abroad opportunities available at our Rome Campus, with one of our partner institutions in Europe or the United States, or in Israel with a study tour.

Graduate with a wide range of adaptable skills, including an enhanced capacity to analyse, critically reflect, evaluate, and bring ethical perspectives to life and work. You will also build your communication skills, grow your capacity to evaluate and discriminate between multiple viewpoints, and develop and articulate compelling arguments (both orally and in writing).

Professional experience

You will be required to complete a minimum of 70 hours of Community Engagement through the Christian Community Engagement unit.

Community engagement

As part of your degree, you will undertake Christian Community Engagement, which involves 150 hours of focused learning, or the equivalent of 10 hours per week for 15 weeks. This includes a minimum of 70 hours placement, together with up to 10 hours in class with a School of Theology appointed mentor and other students enrolled in the unit. The remaining time will include completing an online module on working with children and vulnerable adults, preparing a learning contract, writing a reflection paper on the placement and giving an oral report to the class.

Careers

Examples of professions taken up by our theology graduates include:

  • hospital, school and prison chaplaincy
  • ministry and other church-related careers (including lay ministry)
  • youth and social work
  • pastoral work
  • community work and advocacy
  • research and academia
  • journalism and writing
  • teaching and education (with further study)

Course details

Course structure

To complete the Bachelor of Theology, a student must complete 240 credit points (cp).

View course rules

Sample program map

Year - Study periodUnit 1Unit 2Unit 3Unit 4Unit 5
Year 1 - Semester 1

*THBS100 Introduction to the Bible

10cp

*THEL103 Christianity Established: From Sect to Society

10cp

*PHIL100 Philosophy: the Big Questions

10cp

OR

THEL100 Biblical Hebrew A

10cp 

OR

THEL101 New Testament Greek A

10cp

Elective

10cp

Year 1 - Semester 2

*THCT100 What Christians Believe

10cp

*THCP105 Prayer and Liturgy

10cp

*UNCC100 Self and Community: Exploring the Anatomy of Modern Society

10cp

OR

*PHCC102 Being Human

10cp

OR

*PHCC104 Ethics and the Good Life  

10cp

*THBS220 Critical Approaches to the Bible: Interpretation and Exegesis

10cp

(for students undertaking the major in Biblical Studies)

OR

Elective

10cp

Year 2 - Semester 1

THBS209 New Testament Letters

10cp

OR

THBS210 The Canonical Gospels

10cp

THCT212 Jesus the Christ

10cp

OR

THCT213 The Triune God

10cp

*THCT220 Theological Thinking and Methods

10cp

(for students undertaking the major in Christian Thought)

OR

Elective

10cp

Elective

10cp

Year 2 - Semester 2

THBS205 Narratives of Ancient Israel

10cp

OR

Elective

10cp

*THCT202 Christian Symbol, Ritual and Sacrament

10cp

THBS302 Johannine Literature

10cp

OR

THCT307 Church: Its Nature and Mission

10cp

Elective

10cp

Year 3 - Semester 1

THBS209 New Testament Letters

10cp

OR

THBS210 The Canonical Gospels

10cp

THCT212 Jesus the Christ

10cp

OR

THCT213 The Triune God

10cp

*UNCC300 Justice and Change in a Global World

10cp

OR

*PHCC320 The Just Society

10cp

Elective

10cp

Year 3 - Semester 2

THBS205 Narratives of Ancient Israel

10cp

OR

Elective

10cp

*THCP304 Christian Community Engagement

10cp

THBS303 Biblical Prophets

10cp

OR

THCT316 Introduction to Moral Theology

10cp

Elective

10cp

This is a sample program only and units will vary depending on your campus and mode of study. Please refer to the handbook for the prerequisite units and the current listing.

*These units are offered annually. All other units are offered on a two-year cycle basis. 

AQF framework

Bachelor - AQF Level 7

Exit Points

A student who has completed 40 cp in Philosophy units may exit with the Non-Award Certificate in Philosophy.

A student who has completed 40 cp in Theology units, including THBS100 Introduction to the Bible and THCT100 What Christians Believe, may exit with the Non-Award Certificate in Theology.

A student who has completed 80 cp in Philosophy units may exit with the Diploma in Philosophy.

A student who has completed 80 cp in Theology units, including THBS100 Introduction to the Bible and THCT100 What Christians Believe, may exit with the Diploma in Theology.

Overseas study available

You’ll have the option of studying a number of units overseas.

Read more about the units on offer

Entry requirements

View transparency admission information

Adjustment factors

If you’re currently completing Year 12 you may be eligible for adjustment factors that can boost your rank and help you get into your desired course.

Adjustment factors may be applied to your TAC application if you study particular subjects, attend schools geographically close to our campuses or in certain regional areas, apply as an elite athlete or performer or meet certain other criteria.

Learn more about adjustment factors

Inherent requirement

There are essential components of a course or unit that demonstrate the capabilities, knowledge and skills to achieve the core learning outcomes of that course or unit. You will need to be able to meet these inherent requirements to complete your course.

Learn more about inherent requirements for your course and how they affect you

Pathways

Pathways into course for international applicants

If you don’t currently meet the direct entry requirements for admission to your chosen program, don’t worry. Our range of pathway programs can help you build the language proficiency, academic skills and confidence you need to succeed. 

Find out more about English language programs 

Find out more about the ACU Foundation Studies program 

Find out more about Diploma pathways 

Further study

An honours degree is available for high-achieving students.

Fees

Course costs

  • Unit fee: $2925
  • Average first year fee: $23400
  • Estimate total cost: $70200

The tuition fees quoted above are for commencing students in the current year who undertake a normal full-time load. The Unit Fee is based on a 10cp unit. Fees are reviewed annually.

Tuition fees for continuing students may increase by up to 3 percent each year for the minimum duration of the course as provided on your electronic Confirmation of Enrolment (eCOE). Students who continue to study beyond the minimum duration will have the relevant annual commencing rate applied to their fees for subsequent study periods.

Payment options

You should be able to concentrate on getting good marks instead of worrying about how you’ll pay your fees. We have a number of options that can help you ease the financial burden, including government assistance, scholarships and income support.

Explore your options 

Scholarships

You could be eligible for one of the hundreds of scholarships we award each year to help students from across the university with the cost of studying, accommodation or overseas study opportunities. Some of our scholarships are awarded on the basis of merit, but these aren’t just for the academically gifted; ACU also recognises excellence in community engagement and leadership. We also offer a range of scholarships for those who may be struggling financially or who have faced other barriers to accessing education.  

Search our scholarships 

How to apply

International applicants

Brisbane

Apply through QTAC

QTAC code 112511

Direct application

Apply now

Information on the application procedure

International students undertaking an Australian Year 12 qualification should apply through the relevant tertiary admissions centre.

Deferment

Yes. See Defer your offer.

Students with a Student Visa will need to complete the program in minimum duration, study at least one subject on-campus each semester and must not undertake more than 33% of the program online.

 

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