Diploma of Theology

About this course

The Diploma of Theology provides students with the opportunity to undertake AQF Level 5 study in theological disciplines. It is designed for those who have a less formal educational background than those undertaking the BTh or BMin awards, or those who are seeking an award requiring less overall commitment than AQF Level 6 or 7 studies.

The Diploma of Theology provides students with an introductory study across a range of theological disciplines. It is designed for Christians seeking a foundation for informed participation in the local church, para-church ministries, and in the wider community. It also provides some opportunity to gain knowledge and skills appropriate for Christian ministry, but not necessarily of the breadth or depth required for professional ministry.

The Diploma of Theology is not offered to international students.

Delivered At

The Diploma of Theology is not currently offered at any SCD Member Colleges.
If you are interested in this award please contact the SCD Registrar at [email protected]

Entry into the Diploma of Theology requires

  • Satisfactory completion of Year 12 in the Australian school system, or its equivalent; or
  • Mature Age and Special Entry Admissions for those who have reached the age of 20.


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 6.0 with no result below 5.5.

The Diploma of Theology requires the completion of 72 credit points which shall include:

  • at least 27 credit points in Biblical Studies;
  • at least 27 credit points in Theology;
  • at least 9 credit points in Church History;
  • a further 9 credit points chosen from approved units.


All course units shall be taken from Sydney College of Divinity units coded within the 5100 series.


Graduates will have:

  • technical and theoretical knowledge and concepts with introductory knowledge in Biblical Studies, Christian Life and Ministry, Humanities within the Christian Tradition, and Theology
  • wider experience of theology generally that will form the basis for further learning.



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

  • identify, analyse, synthesise, and act on theological information from a range of foundational sources
  • express ideas and perspectives related to the Christian faith
  • communicate theologically-related knowledge, skills, and ideas to others.


Applications of Knowledge and Skills

Graduates will have the ability to:

  • demonstrate an understanding of theological knowledge by applying it in Christian ministry
  • perform technical operations within Christian ministry that have some complexity, taking personal responsibility for them.
  • organise, with initiative and judgment, the work of self and others and plan, coordinate, and evaluate the work of teams [within broad but generally well-defined parameters.]

A candidate may seek credit up to a maximum of 36 credit points in the Diploma 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 Diploma of Theology.


Articulation to other awards

Students who complete the Diploma of Theology and desire to undertake the Bachelor of Ministry or Bachelor of Theology will receive credit awarded to equivalent Bachelor units for Diploma units completed with a grade of Credit or higher; or subject to additional assessment requirements set by the SCD Student Support and Administration Committee.

The Diploma of Theology is not offered to international students.


The Diploma of Theology is offered through the individual colleges and an application for enrolment must be made to the Registrar of the teaching institution. The registrar will be able to help you with any information regarding your study, including fees, units, mode of delivery, and timetable.


A domestic student at Sydney College of Divinity is designated as full-time if enrolled in three units (27 credit points) or more in a semester or part-time if enrolled in less than three units (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.


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