Postgraduate Coursework

Types of units

All units taught for Graduate Certificates, Graduate Diplomas, and Masters awards are described as Foundational (level 8), Elective (level 9) or Capstone (level 9). Units are worth 15 points and require 6,000 words of assessment at postgraduate level.

  • Foundational – a Foundational unit provides a broad introduction to a discipline or field of study.
  • Elective – an Elective unit builds upon knowledge and skills acquired in Foundational units.
  • Capstone – a Capstone unit is a unit of study in which the student demonstrates integration of the elements of their learning across the award, achievement of the outcomes of the award, and the ability to apply the knowledge and skills in a project, research essay or seminar.

Graduate Certificates

Graduate Certificate in Research Methodology

The Graduate Certificate in Research Methodology is a postgraduate award for students preparing for a higher degree by research. It enables students to survey a range of research methodologies appropriate to divinity and its associated disciplines and to undertake a short piece of original research. Graduates who meet the other requirements for higher degrees by research may be eligible for admission to the Master of Theology, Doctor of Theology, Master of Philosophy or Doctor of Philosophy.

Candidates for the Graduate Certificate in Research Methodology must complete 45 credit points as follows:
a) a postgraduate unit in research methodology (worth 15 points)
b) a 12,000 word Research Essay (worth 30 points).

Graduate Certificate in Supervision [GradCertSuperv]

The Graduate Certificate in Supervision is designed for a person with at least three years of experience in ministry who wishes to supervise others. The course will form students as supervisors of ministry practice, and enables them to develop key skills in supervision in one of three streams: spiritual direction, healthcare practice, or pastoral ministry. You will also learn to supervise others and enable them to:

  • Realistically assess their ministry skills.
  • Develop more accurate awareness of areas of pastoral strength and weakness.
  • Become aware of emotional patterns and responses.
  • Grow in spirituality and theological reflection.

The GradCertSuperv requires completion of three standard postgraduate units (two core units and one specialist unit). Please note there are special entry requirements for this course – see the brochure for more details.

Graduate Certificate in Children and Families Ministry [GCCFM]

The Graduate Certificate in Children and Families Ministry provides an academic qualification which can be used to accredit people who are engaged in ministry with children and their families. Safe practice and effective ministry with children, demands practical expertise, pastoral awareness, and ethical depth. This qualification will assist the church (and associated agencies) to

  • Build a cohort of professionals and enthusiasts;
  • Provide opportunities for growth in this area;
  • Grow expertise in the Children’s Ministry Network;
  • Improve skills and standards in the sector; and
  • Enhance community recognition for people engaged in ministry with children and their families.

Graduates of the Graduate Certificate in Children and Families Ministry will:

  1. Have a broad knowledge of biblical texts and the Christian tradition, particularly as these bear on theologies of the child, and child spirituality.
  2. Apply a clear vision of mission to children and their families in various contexts.
  3. Have a critical understanding of pastoral practices and theories of child development as these apply to ministry with children and their families.
  4. Apply the skills of theological reflection in a coherent practice of ministry with children and their families.
  5. Have an understanding of ministry that recognises and values the spirituality and experiences of children.

The Graduate Certificate in Children and Families Ministry consists of 45 points comprised of:

  1. DA8015S Children and Families Ministry: Core Issues in Diverse Contexts;
  2. DA/DS9019S The Nurture and Spiritual Guidance of Children; and
  3. A further 15 points.

Graduate Certificate in Divinity

The Graduate Certificate in Divinity allows students to explore areas of interest in divinity and its associated disciplines. It serves as an introduction to the broad field of theology or philosophy and disciplines which are associated with them.

Graduates of the Graduate Certificate in Divinity:

  • Have knowledge of key concepts in one or more areas of divinity and associated disciplines.
  • Have basic research, analysis and communication skills applicable to postgraduate study.
  • Apply skills of interpretation to texts or concepts.

Every course of study for the Graduate Certificate in Divinity consists of three 15 point subject units in any combination of Foundational and Elective units. Graduates may proceed to a Graduate Diploma or Masters’ degree by coursework.

Graduate Certificate in Theology [Grad.Cert.Theol]

The Graduate Certificate in Theology allows graduates in relevant areas to develop particular skills and knowledge in a focussed area. The certificate can also be taken as an introductory course in Theology. Three 15 point subject units are required. The three units must be Foundational units taken across three disciplines in two Fields, or 45 points for a stream of study approved by the Coursework Studies Committee. A Graduate Certificate graduate can progress to the Graduate Diploma.

Graduate Diplomas

Graduate Diploma in Pastoral Care [GradDipPastCare]

The Graduate Diploma in Pastoral Care provides students with the opportunity and skills for reflective and critical engagement in the conversation between the ‘texts’ of (i) human experience, (ii) contemporary culture (iii) ministry or service or wider societal context and (iv) Christian scriptures and tradition. The purpose of this engagement is to encourage the development of relevant, flexible strategies for effective pastoral mission and practice in partnership with all those who seek to serve the world through individual or systemic practice.

The Graduate Diploma in Pastoral Care consists of 90 points comprised of:

  • 30 points in the discipline of Pastoral Theology and Ministry Studies.
  • A unit of Clinical Pastoral Education (30 points).
  • A further 30 points.

Graduate Diploma in Theology [Grad.Dip.Theol.]

The Graduate Diploma in Theology allows students to explore areas of interest in theology. It provides a foundation for further study and engages with Christian thought and traditions. Graduates are able to articulate insights for Christian practice and identity.

Graduates of the Graduate Diploma in Theology:

  • Have knowledge of sources, terms and concepts required for theological engagement.
  • Have research, analysis and communication skills applicable to theological studies.
  • Will interpret a range of texts with awareness of context, implications and application to historical and or contemporary issues.
  • Apply relevant theological and hermeneutical skills in articulating insights into life, work and community.

Graduates may proceed to a Master of Arts (Theology) or a Master of Divinity. Graduates who have included a 12,000 word Research Essay in their course may be eligible to apply for admission to a higher degree by research.

Structure

The Graduate Diploma in Theology requires the completion of six units:

  • At least 45 points (three standard units) must be in Foundational studies, introducing candidates to three theological disciplines across two fields (typically Old Testament, New Testament, Systematic Theology, Church History, Pastoral Care, Mission or Spirituality).
  • The requirement for foundational units will be waived if evidence of previous equivalent study is provided.
  • Further points (usually 45 points or three standard units) from Foundational or Elective units (presuming that appropriate pre-requisites have been met).

A 12,000-word research essay can replace two of these units.

Masters by Coursework

Master of Theology (Coursework) (MTh)

This degree requires the completion of ten semester units (or 150 points). Candidates may study full-time or part-time, for between three and ten semesters.

Structure

  1. Up to 2 Foundational units (may be zero).
  2. Elective units to make up 150 points which must include either one 6000 word Capstone unit worth at least 15 points (one unit), or a 12,000 research essay worth at least 30 points (two units).

The M.T.S structure allows students to include two Foundational units (30 points). This provides for students who missed study at undergraduate level to gain it in their postgraduate degree, such as in Biblical Languages, or in a specific discipline in Field D (such as Moral Theology). Students may take up to nine Elective units in the MTS, providing maximum flexibility for theological graduates to undertake continuing education, or to complete ministerial requirements. Students will be required to complete a Capstone unit worth at least 15 points.

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The completion of the Bachelor of Theology or the Bachelor of Ministry (or equivalent) with at least a credit average, is a pre-requisite to do the MTh

Master of Divinity [M.Div.]

The Master of Divinity is a first degree in theology for graduates from other disciplines. The degree offers a high level of theological study and provides an appropriate foundation for ministry formation and further study. There are 18 units to complete over three years full time, or a maximum of nine years part-time. The course comprises three types of units: Foundational, Elective and Capstone. For ordination candidates, the MDiv offers an alternative to the Bachelor of Theology degree, with a distinctive emphasis on integration, research and theological reflection.

Structure

  1. Seven foundational units (two in Field B, two in Field C, one in Field D, and two in a single biblical language)
  2. An eighth Foundational unit may replace an Elective unit.
  3. Nine or 10 elective units (must include at least one unit from each of Fields B, C and D) to make up 270 points.
  4. A Capstone unit worth at least 15 points.

Master of Theological Studies (MTS)

Students can enrol into the Master of Theologcial Studies  if they hold an undergraduate degree in any field from a recognised tertiary institution. Graduates of the MTS are able to demonstrate:

  • Critical awareness of issues pertaining to the study of theology as an academic discipline.
  • Advanced skills in exegesis, historical and theological methodologies.
  • Creativity and initiative in integrating knowledge and skills in the various disciplines of theology, applying them in professional ministry and/or further learning.
  • The ability to communicate ideas and apply problem-solving techniques at an advanced level.
  • The development of skills relevant to tertiary study in the humanities; to read, think, and critically interpret; to write coherently, with the ability to develop an argument drawing on a range of appropriate resources; to work cooperatively as part of a group; and to orally present information.
  • Skilled use of electronic databases, journals and other scholarly literature.
  • The ability to plan and execute a substantial research essay, theological synthesis, or supervised ministry project.

Structure of MTS

  1. At least three Foundational units from three disciplines in at least two Fields must be included. Students may include up to six Foundational units (each unit = 15 points).
  2. 180 points of Elective units, which must include either a 6000 word Capstone unit (15 points) or a 12,000 word research essay (30 points).
  3. Twelve units (180 points).
  4. Students have the option of exiting with a Graduate Diploma in Theology after successfully completing six units.

Master of Arts Pastoral Care (MPC)

The Master of Pastoral Care enables participants to develop insights and skills for reflective and critical engagement with: human experience; faith traditions; contemporary culture and society; and ministry or practice contexts.

Graduates are able to demonstrate:

  • A critical awareness of issues pertaining to the study of theology as an academic discipline.
  • Advanced skills in exegesis, historical and theological methodologies.
  • Creativity and initiative in integrating knowledge and skills in Pastoral Care with the various disciplines of theology, and applying them to professional ministry and/or further learning.
  • The ability to communicate key ideas and apply problem-solving techniques at an advanced level, especially with regard to Pastoral Care.
  • The development of skills relevant to tertiary study in the humanities; to read, think, and interpret critically; to write coherently; to develop an argument drawing on a range of appropriate resources; to work cooperatively as part of a group; and to orally present information.
  • Skilled use of electronic databases, journals and other scholarly literature.
  • The ability to plan and execute a substantial research essay, integrative essay, supervised project, or theological synthesis.
  • Highly developed skills in the discipline of Pastoral Care.

Structure

The Master of Pastoral Care consists of 180 points comprised of:

  • 60 points of Foundational units including: 30 points in Biblical Studies; 15 points in Systematic Theology; and 15 points in Pastoral Theology and Ministry Studies.
  • 60 points of Elective units in the discipline of Pastoral Theology and Ministry Studies.
  • 15 points of Elective units in any discipline.
  • One Capstone unit (at least 15 points) in the discipline of Pastoral Theology and Ministry Studies or in synthesis with it.

Further Foundational or Elective units (a total of 180 points).