Bachelor of Theology

CRICOS 063703C

About this course

The Bachelor of Theology (BTh) is an AQF Level 7 award. The course is a primary undergraduate award that provides a broad and coherent study of theology and related disciplines. This degree prepares candidates for professional and lay Christian ministry and for further learning beyond the degree. The course is organised through a structure of majors and sub-majors.

Entry into the Bachelor of Theology requires


  • An Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) of 65, or its equivalent (eg. OP ≤ 16); or
  • Mature Age and Special Entry Admissions for those who have reached the age of 21; or
  • articulation from other Sydney College of Divinity programs.


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 6.5 with no score less than 6.0 in all bands of the test.  A student can be admitted provisionally into the BTh when they have an IELTS result of 6.0 with no score less than 6.0 in all bands of the test.

The Bachelor of Theology requires the completion of 216 credit points which will include:


  • Three sub-major sequences:
    • Biblical Studies
    • Systematic Theology
    • Humanities in the Christian Tradition (or its subdisciplines) or Christian Life and Ministry (or its subdisciplines), or the sub-disciplines of Christian Ethics (E) or Worship and Liturgy (L)
  • One of these sub-majors will be extended to a major
  • At least 9 credit points in Church History


All course units shall be taken from the Sydney College of Divinity Schedule of Units of Study.


Graduates will have a broad and coherent body of knowledge with depth in the underlying principles and concepts in Theology, Biblical Studies, and one other discipline or area of practice, that will form the basis for independent lifelong learning.



Graduates will have cognitive, communication, and technical skills in a theology-related body of knowledge, so that they are able to:

  • review, reflect on, and synthesize theological information and identify and provide solutions to complex problems;
  • think critically and generate and evaluate complex ideas;
  • demonstrate an understanding of theoretical theological concepts;
  • communicate theologically-related knowledge, skills, and ideas clearly and coherently.


Applications of Knowledge and Skills

Graduates will have the ability to:

  • demonstrate a broad understanding of knowledge by applying it creatively in Christian living and ministry;
  • make high level, independent judgments in a range of ministry settings;
  • initiate, plan, and implement activities and projects within a range of ministry settings.

A candidate may seek credit for a maximum of 144 credit points in the Bachelor of Theology.


Credit will be granted for units that are from an equivalent award or institution and have outcomes, content, demand hours, and assessment equivalent to that of units in the Bachelor of Theology.


Exit Points

Students enrolled in the Bachelor of Theology may exit with a Diploma of Christian Studies or Associate Degree of Christian Thought and Practice, provided they have met the requirements of the award.

The Bachelor of Theology is offered through the individual colleges and an application for admission must be made to the Registrar of the teaching institution. Not all majors and sub-majors are available at all Teaching Bodies. However, students may be able to complete a desired major or sub-major by completing units offered at another Teaching Body.


A domestic Sydney College of Divinity student is designated as a full-time if enrolled in 27 credit points or more in a semester, or part-time if enrolled in fewer than 27 credit points per semester. SCD offers a wide range of units and students have the option to study one or more units across the colleges delivering SCD awards, whilst enrolled with one college.


International students

International students are subject to the conditions of their Australian student visa and are required to maintain a full-time enrolment of four units (36 credit points) per semester, including a minimum of one unit per semester in face-to-face mode, and at least two-thirds of the total units in face-to-face mode. If you are planning to enrol as an international student, you have the responsibility to ensure that you comply with your visa conditions at all times. Learn more about your responsibilities, rights, and what studying in Australia can offer you. Not all our teaching institutions offer study programs for international students. Check out the locations and courses offered to international students, and for more information email us at [email protected]