Postgraduate

Graduate Certificate in Theology

CRICOS:
053016J
[GCTheol]
DURATION:
1 semester full-time or
equivalent part-time
STUDY MODE:
In-Class
Online
Blended
INTAKE PERIOD:
February
July

Develop and deepen your knowledge in theological disciplines such as Biblical studies, Christian thought and history, or practical theology. Critically engage with the material while articulating insights for Christian life and social engagement.

What you will learn

  • Knowledge of sources, terms and conceptual frameworks required for theological engagement.
  • Research, analysis and communication skills applicable to theological studies.
  • Skills of interpretation to texts and traditions with an awareness of context, implications and application to historical and or contemporary issues.
  • Theological and hermeneutical skills in clearly articulating insights relevant to life, work and community settings.

Course structure

The Graduate Certificate in Theology consists of 3 units (72 points):

Units must be taken across three Disciplines in at least two Fields.

Most standard units are delivered over one semester (15 weeks), with teaching methods including lectures, seminars and tutorials.

View the Timetable for current units offered.
View all Stirling Units and Fields.
Download the Graduate Certificate in Theology Course Planner to map out your studies.


Entry Requirements and Admission

Successful completion of an undergraduate degree, or an approved equivalent.

International students:
Please read the entry requirements and follow the admission process for international students here.

Have questions about the course or application process?
Call us on (03) 9790 1000
Enquire online here
Apply for admission here


Course Cost

View unit fees and payment options here.
Students who are Australian citizens or holders of a permanent humanitarian visa are eligible for FEE-HELP.


Further Opportunities

Upon successful completion, graduates may proceed to:

  • Graduate Diploma in Theology
  • Master of Arts (Theology)

Accreditation

This course is accredited by the University of Divinity, which is constituted by the University of Divinity Act 1910 of the Parliament of Victoria. View the regulations here.

Graduate Certificate in Supervision

CRICOS:
N/A
[GCS]
DURATION:
1 semester full-time or
equivalent part-time
STUDY MODE:
Face-to-face
INTAKE PERIOD:
February
July

Become a supervisor of spiritual directors, healthcare workers or pastoral ministers. Gain practical experience as you develop your ministry skills, personal awareness and the pastoral tools to supervise others.

What you will learn

  • Key skills and processes of supervision.
  • Theological reflection, biblical insights and acute self-awareness to the process of self-evaluation in order to assist others to assess realistically their ministry skills.
  • Peer and group supervision and appreciation for the art of supervision.
  • Skills and processes of supervision in particular contexts (spiritual direction, healthcare practice or pastoral ministry).

Course structure

The Graduate Certificate in Supervision consists of 3 units (72 points):

  • DP8015S The Art of Supervision A & B (48 points)
  • DP9015S Supervision in Spiritual Care using Critical Reflection (24 points)

Most standard units are delivered over one semester (15 weeks), with teaching methods including lectures, seminars and tutorials.

View the Timetable for current units offered.
View all Stirling Units and Fields.
Download the Graduate Certificate in Supervision Course Planner to map out your studies.


Entry Requirements and Admission

Successful completion of an undergraduate degree, or an approved equivalent.

International students:
This course is not available to international students.

Have questions about the course or application process?
Call us on (03) 9790 1000
Enquire online here
Apply for admission here


Course Cost

View unit fees and payment options here.
Students who are Australian citizens or holders of a permanent humanitarian visa are eligible for FEE-HELP.


Further Opportunities

Upon successful completion, graduates may proceed to:

  • the Graduate Diploma in Supervision.

Accreditation

This course is accredited by the University of Divinity, which is constituted by the University of Divinity Act 1910 of the Parliament of Victoria. View the regulations here.

Graduate Certificate in Divinity

CRICOS:
N/A
[GCDiv]
DURATION:
1 semester full-time or
equivalent part-time
STUDY MODE:
In-Class
Online
Blended
INTAKE PERIOD:
February
July

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 study of theology or philosophy and disciplines which are associated with them.

This a qualifying award for the aifc Graduate Diploma in Counselling.

What you will learn

  • Knowledge of key concepts in one or more areas of divinity and associated disciplines
  • Basic research, analysis and communication skills applicable to postgraduate study
  • Skills of interpretation to texts or concepts.

Course structure

The Diploma in Theology consists of 6 units (72 points):

Units must be in Level 8 or Level 9 and can be in any Field or Discipline (Foundational or Elective units)

Please note: set curriculum is required for students wishing to qualify for the aifc Graduate Diploma in Counselling and Integrated Psychotherapy. More information here.

View the Timetable for current units offered.
View all Stirling Units and Fields.
Download the Graduate Certificate in Divinity Course Planner to map out your studies.


Entry Requirements and Admission

  • Successful completion of an undergraduate degree, or an approved equivalent; or
  • demonstrate at least five years of relevant work experience or relevant professional attainment

International students:
This course is not available to international students. 

Have questions about the course or application process?
Call us on (03) 9790 1000
Enquire online here
Apply for admission here


Course Cost

View unit fees and payment options here.
Students who are Australian citizens or holders of a permanent humanitarian visa are eligible for FEE-HELP.


Further Opportunities

Upon successful completion, graduates may proceed to:

  • the Graduate Diploma in Divinity
  • the Master of Divinity

Accreditation

This course is accredited by the University of Divinity, which is constituted by the University of Divinity Act 1910 of the Parliament of Victoria. View the regulations here.

Graduate Certificate in Research Methodology

CRICOS:
N/A
[GCRM]
DURATION:
2 years part-time
STUDY MODE:
In-Class
Blended
INTAKE PERIOD:
February
July

The Graduate Certificate in Research Methodology equips students to apply sophisticated research skills to complex issues such as the development of a research proposal, gathering of and conceptual processing of research material, and the presentation of a research artefact, such as a dissertation.

What you will learn

  • Working knowledge of terms, assumptions and approaches to research that are current in selected theological disciplines.
  • Familiarity with research methods, protocols, practices and ethics.
  • How to apply focussed research methods towards complex research issues.
  • Writing and communication skills to the presentation of research results.

Course structure

The Graduate Certificate in Research Methodology consists of 3 units (72 points):

  • a unit in research methodology worth 24 points
  • RQ9748M Minor Thesis
    Information regarding the Minor Thesis may be found in the Minor Thesis Policy.

View the Timetable for current units offered.
View all Stirling Units and Fields.
Download the Graduate Certificate in Research Methodology Course Planner to map out your studies.


Entry Requirements and Admission

Successful completion of an undergraduate degree, or an approved equivalent.

Have questions about the course or application process?
Call us on (03) 9790 1000
Enquire online here
Apply for admission here


Course Cost

View unit fees and payment options here.
Students who are Australian citizens or holders of a permanent humanitarian visa are eligible for FEE-HELP.


Further Opportunities

Upon successful completion, graduates may proceed to:

  • the Master of Theology
  • the Doctor of Theology
  • the Master of Philosophy
  • the Doctor of Philosophy

Accreditation

This course is accredited by the University of Divinity, which is constituted by the University of Divinity Act 1910 of the Parliament of Victoria. View the regulations here.

Graduate Certificate in Children and Families Ministry

CRICOS:
N/A
[GCCFM]
DURATION:
1 semester full-time or
equivalent part-time
STUDY MODE:
Face-to-face
INTAKE PERIOD:
February
July

Equip yourself to engage in ministry with children and their families. Safe practice and effective ministry with children demands practical expertise, pastoral awareness, and ethical depth. In the context of ministry with children and their families, the practical, spiritual, and pastoral disciplines are becoming increasingly important and recognised foci in the church and its associate agencies.

This qualification will assist the church and associated agencies to build a cohort of professionals and enthusiasts; provide opportunities for growth in this ministry; 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.

What you will learn

  • A broad knowledge-base of Biblical texts and the Christian tradition, particularly as these bear on ‘child theology,’ theologies of child, and child spirituality.
  • How to apply a clearly articulated vision of mission to children and their families in various ministry contexts and contemporary culture.
  • A critical understanding of pastoral practices and theories of child development as these apply to ministry with children and their families.
  • How to apply the skills of theological reflection personally and contextually resulting in a coherent practice of ministry with children and their families.
  • An understanding of ministry that recognises and values the spirituality and experiences of children.

Course structure

The Diploma in Theology consists of 3 units (72 points):

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

  • DA8015S Children and Families Ministry: Core Issues in Diverse Contexts
  • DA/DS9019S The Nurture and Spiritual Guidance of Children
  • A further one (1) unit in any Field

Most standard units are delivered over one semester (15 weeks), with teaching methods including lectures, seminars and tutorials.

View the Timetable for current units offered.
View all Stirling Units and Fields.
Download the Graduate Certificate in Children and Families Ministry Course Planner to map out your studies.


Entry Requirements and Admission

Successful completion of an undergraduate degree, or an approved equivalent.

Have questions about the course or application process?
Call us on (03) 9790 1000
Enquire online here
Apply for admission here


Course Cost

View unit fees and payment options here.
Students who are Australian citizens or holders of a permanent humanitarian visa are eligible for FEE-HELP.


Accreditation

This course is accredited by the University of Divinity, which is constituted by the University of Divinity Act 1910 of the Parliament of Victoria. View the regulations here.

Graduate Diploma in Theology

CRICOS:
045446J
[GDTheol]
DURATION:
1 year full-time or
equivalent part-time
STUDY MODE:
In-Class
Online
Blended
INTAKE PERIOD:
February
July

Develop and deepen your knowledge and skills in your area of theological interest. Substantially expanding on your foundational study, engage in Christian thought and traditions whilst articulating insights for Christian practice and identity.

What you will learn

  • Knowledge of sources, terms and concepts required for theological engagement;
  • Research, analysis and communication skills applicable to theological studies;
  • How to apply skills of interpretation to a range of texts with an awareness of context, implications and application to historical and or contemporary issues;
  • How to apply relevant theological and hermeneutical skills in clearly articulating insights into life, work and community.

Course Structure

The Graduate Diploma in Theology consists of 6 units (144 points): 

  • 3 units minimum (72 points) in foundational units (Level 8) in three disciplines across two Fields.
  • Remaining points (usually 3 units: 72 points) from foundational (Level 8) or elective units (Level 9).

Most standard units are delivered over one semester (15 weeks), with teaching methods including lectures, seminars and tutorials.

View the Timetable for current units offered.
View all Stirling Units and Fields
Download the Graduate Diploma in Theology Course Planner to map out your studies.


Entry Requirements and Admission

Successful completion of an undergraduate degree or a Graduate Certificate in Theology.

International students:
Please read the entry requirements and follow the admission process for international students here.

Have questions about the course or application process?
Call us on (03) 9790 1000
Enquire online here
Apply for admission here


Course Cost

View unit fees and payment options here.
Students who are Australian citizens or holders of a permanent humanitarian visa are eligible for FEE-HELP.


Further Opportunities

Upon successful completion, graduates may proceed to:

  • Master of Arts (Theology)
  • Master of Theological Coursework
  • Master of Divinity

Graduates who have included a Minor Thesis (16000 words) in their course may be eligible to apply for admission to a higher degree by research.


Accreditation

This course is accredited by the University of Divinity, which is constituted by the University of Divinity Act 1910 of the Parliament of Victoria. View the regulations here.

Graduate Diploma in Pastoral Care

CRICOS:
N/A
[GDPC]
DURATION:
1 year full-time or
equivalent part-time
STUDY MODE:
In-Class
Online
Blended
INTAKE PERIOD:
February
July

The Graduate Diploma in Pastoral Care provides students with the opportunity and skills for reflective and critical engagement 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.

What you will learn

  • Knowledge of sources, terms and concepts required for theological engagement and articulate the nature of practical theology as a method of biblical and theological inquiry;
  • How to apply their own experience and practice (personal or professional) to social and behavioural sciences and / or cultural studies and offer integration of these with the Christian tradition;
  • Skills to explore issues of Christian identity, personal vocation and self-understanding through the methods and practices of theological reflection and dialogical engagement with their ministry and mission context;
  • How to apply advanced pastoral helping skills with a developed capacity to engage in the processes of theological reflection.

Course Structure

The Graduate Diploma in Pastoral Care consists of 6 units (144 points):

  • 2 units (48 points) in Field 8 or 9 in the discipline of Pastoral Theology and Ministry Studies.
  • 1 unit of Clinical Pastoral Education (48 points)
  • 2 units in any Field 8 or 9 discipline (48 points

Most standard units are delivered over one semester (15 weeks), with teaching methods including lectures, seminars and tutorials.

View the Timetable for current units offered.
View all Stirling Units and Fields
Download the Graduate Diploma in Pastoral Care Course Planner to map out your studies.


Entry Requirements and Admission

Successful completion of an undergraduate degree, or an approved equivalent. An applicant for admission to the Graduate Diploma in Pastoral Care must have successfully completed a unit of Clinical Pastoral Education prior to admission.

Have questions about the course or application process?
Call us on (03) 9790 1000
Enquire online here
Apply for admission here


Course Cost

View unit fees and payment options here.
Students who are Australian citizens or holders of a permanent humanitarian visa are eligible for FEE-HELP.


Accreditation

This course is accredited by the University of Divinity, which is constituted by the University of Divinity Act 1910 of the Parliament of Victoria. View the regulations here.

Graduate Diploma in Spirituality

CRICOS:
N/A
[GDSp]
DURATION:
1 year full-time or
equivalent part-time
STUDY MODE:
In-Class
Blended with Online
INTAKE PERIOD:
February
July

Gain a substantial foundation in spirituality and articulate insights for Christian practice and identity, whilst exploring your own spiritual experience in light of theological scholarship in spirituality.

What you will learn

  • Engage with personal spiritual experience in light of key themes and approaches in spirituality;
  • Skills and capacities in research, reflection and communication of key themes and approaches in spirituality;
  • Knowledge of the dynamics of the spiritual life through reflection on personal spiritual experience, integrated with key themes and approaches in spirituality;
  • How to apply key themes and approaches in Christian spirituality to understanding life, work and community.

Course Structure

The Graduate Diploma in Spirituality consists of 6 units (144 points):

  • 4 units (96 points) in the discipline of Spirituality
  • 2 units (48 points) in any Field

Most standard units are delivered over one semester (15 weeks), with teaching methods including lectures, seminars and tutorials.

View the Timetable for current units offered.
View all Stirling Units and Fields
Download the Graduate Diploma in Spirituality Course Planner to map out your studies.


Entry Requirements and Admission

Successful completion of an undergraduate degree, or an approved equivalent.

Have questions about the course or application process?
Call us on (03) 9790 1000
Enquire online here
Apply for admission here


Course Cost

View unit fees and payment options here.
Students who are Australian citizens or holders of a permanent humanitarian visa are eligible for FEE-HELP.


Further Opportunities

Upon successful completion, graduates may proceed to:

  • Master of Spirituality

Accreditation

This course is accredited by the University of Divinity, which is constituted by the University of Divinity Act 1910 of the Parliament of Victoria. View the regulations here.

Graduate Diploma in Divinity

CRICOS:
N/A
[GDDiv]
DURATION:
1 year full-time or
equivalent part-time
STUDY MODE:
In-Class
Online
Blended
INTAKE PERIOD:
February
July

Explore areas in divinity as it serves as a foundation for the study of theology or philosophy (and associated disciplines).

What you will learn

  • Advanced knowledge in one or more areas of divinity and associated disciplines
  • Research, analysis and communication skills applicable to postgraduate study
  • How to apply skills of interpretation to texts or concepts
  • How to apply judgement based on theory, practice and tradition to contemporary issues.

Course Structure

The Graduate Diploma in Divinity consists of 6 units (144 points)

This course may comprise of Level 8 or Level 9 units in any Field or Discipline.

Most standard units are delivered over one semester (15 weeks), with teaching methods including lectures, seminars and tutorials.

View the Timetable for current units offered.
View all Stirling Units and Fields
Download the Graduate Diploma in Divinity Course Planner to map out your studies.


Entry Requirements and Admission

An undergraduate degree

or a graduate certificate degree and either:

a)    completed the equivalent of 72 points of theological study at the University of Divinity or another higher education provider; or

b)    completed 144 points of study towards a Master’s award at the University of Divinity.

Have questions about the course or application process?
Call us on (03) 9790 1000
Enquire online here
Apply for admission here


Course Cost

View unit fees and payment options here.
Students who are Australian citizens or holders of a permanent humanitarian visa are eligible for FEE-HELP.


Further Opportunities

Graduates may be eligible to proceed to a Masters award. Graduates who have included a Minor Thesis (16000 words) in their course may be eligible to apply for admission to a higher degree by research.


Accreditation

This course is accredited by the University of Divinity, which is constituted by the University of Divinity Act 1910 of the Parliament of Victoria. View the regulations here.

Graduate Diploma in Supervision

CRICOS:
N/A
[GDS]
DURATION:
Up to 3 years part-time
STUDY MODE:
Face-to-face
Blended with online
INTAKE PERIOD:
February
July

The Graduate Diploma in Supervision provides advanced multi-disciplinary knowledge and skills in the supervision of individuals and groups in the helping professions. Be equipped to implement a range of approaches and methods to help supervisees reflect, learn, and nurture support structures in communities, all with a view to safe and sustainable practice. In addition to exemplifying and encouraging a culture of self-care and care of others, acquire specific skills to manage a professional supervision practice.

What you will learn

  • Knowledge of advanced skills and processes of supervision within a theological, spiritual and ethical framework;
  • Theological reflection and contextual awareness to the process of self-evaluation in order to assist others to realistically assess their professional practice;
  • How to apply a reasoned and coherent rationale for peer and group supervision in multi-disciplinary contexts;
  • How to assist individuals, organisations and communities to discover and implement new and relevant ways of practice;
  • How to apply the skills and processes of supervision in particular contexts (e.g. spiritual direction, chaplaincy, healthcare practice, pastoral ministry, education).

Course structure

The Graduate Diploma in Supervision consists of 4 units (144 points):

DP8015S The Art of Supervisory Practice (48 points)
DP9068S The Practice of Supervision: Practicum (48 points)
DP9017S Supervision in Spiritual Care using Critical Reflection (24 points)
DP9010S Engaging Diversity: Reflection, Discernment, Formation (24 points)

Most standard units are delivered over one semester (15 weeks), with teaching methods including lectures, seminars and tutorials.

View the Timetable for current units offered.
View all Stirling Units and Fields
Download the Graduate Diploma in Supervision Course Planner to map out your studies.


Entry Requirements and Admission

  1. Complete a Statement Supporting Enrolment Form and an interview with a Graduate Diploma in Supervision course advisor; and
  2. The course advisor certifies that the applicant
    i) have adequate experience of supervision as a supervisee
    ii)  has a reference from a supervisor that indicates a capacity for self-awareness
    iii)  have the relevant life experience to undertake the award.

 

Have questions about the course or application process?
Call us on (03) 9790 1000
Enquire online here
Apply for admission here


Course Cost

View unit fees and payment options here.
Students who are Australian citizens or holders of a permanent humanitarian visa are eligible for FEE-HELP.


Further Opportunities

Graduates may be eligible to proceed to a Master’s degree.


Accreditation

Professional Accreditation: The Graduate Diploma in Supervision is an Australian Association of Supervision recognised supervisor training program.

This course is accredited by the University of Divinity. View the regulations here.

Master of Theological Studies

CRICOS:
096386E
[MTS]
DURATION:
2 years full-time or
equivalent part-time
STUDY MODE:
In-Class
Online
Blended
INTAKE PERIOD:
February
July

The Master of Theological Studies enables students to apply an advanced body of knowledge in theology and its associated disciplines. Broaden your knowledge and skills whilst deepening your engagement with specific areas to prepare you for professional practice and further learning.

What you will learn

  • Advanced knowledge of sources, terms and concepts required in theology and its related disciplines
  • Mastery of research principles and methods, including analytical and communication skills applicable to theology and its related disciplines
  • Advanced skills of interpretation and critical reflection on a range of theological and related disciplines, with an awareness of implications and applications to historical and contemporary issues and contexts, in order to generate and evaluate ideas for professional practise and further learning
  • How to articulate and communicate knowledge and insights in theology and its related disciplines to specialist and non-specialist audiences
  • How to apply relevant theological and hermeneutical skills through the execution of a substantial research-based project, capstone experience, or piece of scholarship.

Course Structure

The Master of Theological Studies consists of 12 units (288 points):

  • 3 units (72 points) of Foundational units (Level 8) in three disciplines from at least two fields
  • 5 units (120 points) of Elective units (Level 9)
  • 3 units (71 points) in any level or field
  • 1 (Level 9) Capstone or Research Essay unit

Most standard units are delivered over one semester (15 weeks), with teaching methods including lectures, seminars and tutorials.

View the Timetable for current units offered.
View all Stirling Units and Fields
Download the Master of Theological Studies Course Planner to map out your studies.


Entry Requirements and Admission

Successful completion of an undergraduate degree.

International students:
Please read the entry requirements and follow the admission process for international students here.

Have questions about the course or application process?
Call us on (03) 9790 1000
Enquire online here
Apply for admission here


Course Cost

View unit fees and payment options here.
Students who are Australian citizens or holders of a permanent humanitarian visa are eligible for FEE-HELP.


Further Opportunities

Graduates who have completed a Minor Thesis to a specified standard may be eligible for admission to higher degrees by research.


Accreditation

This course is accredited by the University of Divinity. View the regulations here.

Master of Theology (Coursework)

CRICOS:
096387D
[MTh]
DURATION:
2 years full-time or
equivalent part-time
STUDY MODE:
In-Class
Online
Blended
INTAKE PERIOD:
February
July

Explore an extensive body of knowledge in theology (and its associated disciplines) with a Master of Theology (Coursework). Deepen your engagement with specific areas as you prepare for professional practice and further learning.

What you will learn

  • Advanced knowledge of sources, terms and concepts required in theology and its related disciplines
  • have mastery of research principles and methods, including analytical and communication skills applicable to theology and its related disciplines
  • Advanced skills of interpretation and critical reflection on a range of theological and related disciplines, with awareness of implications and applications to historical and contemporary issues and contexts, in order to generate and evaluate ideas for professional practise and further learning
  • How to articulate and communicate knowledge and insights in theology and its related disciplines to specialist and non-specialist audiences
  • How to apply relevant theological and hermeneutical skills through the execution of a substantial research-based project, capstone experience, theological synthesis or supervised ministry project.

Course Structure

The Master of Theology (Coursework) consists of 10 units (240 points):

  • 2 units (48 points) minimum of Foundational units (Level 8) in any discipline
  • 1 Capstone unit (24 points) or the unit RQ9748M Minor Thesis
  • 7 units (Level 9) in any discipline (e.g. Elective, Praxis or Capstone units)

Most standard units are delivered over one semester (15 weeks), with teaching methods including lectures, seminars and tutorials.

View the Timetable for current units offered.
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Download the Bachelor of Theology Course Planner to map out your studies.


Entry Requirements and Admission

Successful completion of the Bachelor of Theology or the Bachelor of Ministry or the Master of Divinity, or an equivalent theological qualification (a Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma does not satisfy the admission requirements for this award).

International students:
Please read the entry requirements and follow the admission process for international students here.

Have questions about the course or application process?
Call us on (03) 9790 1000
Enquire online here
Apply for admission here


Course Cost

View unit fees and payment options here.
Students who are Australian citizens or holders of a permanent humanitarian visa are eligible for FEE-HELP.


Further Opportunities

Graduates who have completed a Minor Thesis to a specified standard may be eligible for admission to higher degrees by research.


Accreditation

This course is accredited by the University of Divinity. View the regulations here.

Master of Theology (Research) [MTheol]

CRICOS Code 011486D

 The degree of Master of Theology (MTheol) is a higher degree by research which aims to equip students with advanced research skills, and enable them to pursue focused study through research.  Candidates enrolled in the MTheol by major thesis will write a 40,000 word thesis. Those enrolled in the MTheol by minor thesis will complete two subjects of postgraduate coursework, and a minor thesis of 25,000 words. Every candidate must, in addition, successfully complete an approved subject in Research Methodologies.

Successful completion of the MTheol provides a pathway to doctoral studies at the University of Divinity. A student may also apply for their candidature to be upgraded to a doctoral candidature after 12 months of satisfactory masters candidature.

Entry Requirements

The MTheol is open to candidates who have completed a four-year Bachelor with Honours degree in an appropriate discipline, or the equivalent, with at least Distinction level Honours. Another entry path is open to those who have completed a graduate diploma in an appropriate discipline, including a 12,000 word research essay graded to at least 75%.

Duration

The minimum length of candidature is 12 months full-time, and the maximum length of candidature is 18 months full-time or three years part-time. One extension of six months may be granted to full-time candidates, and one extension of 12 months may be granted to part-time candidates.

Click here for regulations.

Master of Pastoral Care

CRICOS:
N/A
[MPC]
DURATION:
2 years full-time or
equivalent part-time
STUDY MODE:
In-Class
Online
Blended
INTAKE PERIOD:
February
July

Gain extensive knowledge and skill in pastoral care in relation to broader theological studies. Deepen your engagement with specific areas to prepare yourself for professional practice and further learning.

What you will learn

  1. Advanced knowledge of sources, terms and concepts required in pastoral care, and of the relation of pastoral care to broader theological studies
  2. Mastery of research principles and methods, including analytical skills applicable to pastoral care
  3. Advanced skills of interpretation and critical reflection on a range of approaches and methodologies in pastoral care, with an awareness of implications and application to contemporary issues in professional ministry, in order to generate and evaluate ideas for professional practise and further learning
  4. Articulate and communicate knowledge and insights in pastoral care to specialist and non-specialist audiences
  5. How to apply relevant skills in pastoral care through the execution of a substantial research-based project, capstone experience or piece of scholarship.

Course Structure

The Master of Pastoral Care consists of 12 units (288 points):

2 units (48 points) in Biblical Studies (Level 8)
1 unit (24 points) in Systematic Theology (Level 8)
1 unit (24 points) in Pastoral Theology and Ministry Studies (Level 8)
4 units (96 points) in Pastoral Theology and Ministry Studies (Level 9)
1 unit in Clinical Pastoral Education (Level 9)
1 unit (24 points) at any level and discipline
1 Capstone unit (24 points) or RQ9748M Minor Thesis

Most standard units are delivered over one semester (15 weeks), with teaching methods including lectures, seminars and tutorials.

View the Timetable for current units offered.
View all Stirling Units and Fields
Download the Master of Pastoral Care Course Planner to map out your studies.


Entry Requirements and Admission

Successful completion of an undergraduate degree, or an approved equivalent.

Have questions about the course or application process?
Call us on (03) 9790 1000
Enquire online here
Apply for admission here


Course Cost

View unit fees and payment options here.
Students who are Australian citizens or holders of a permanent humanitarian visa are eligible for FEE-HELP.


Further Opportunities

Graduates who have completed a Research Essay at a specified standard may be eligible for admission to a higher degree by research.


Accreditation

This course is accredited by the University of Divinity. View the regulations here.

Master of Spirituality

CRICOS:
N/A
[MSp]
DURATION:
2 years full-time or
equivalent part-time
STUDY MODE:
In-Class
Online
Blended
INTAKE PERIOD:
February
July

Explore the theological and spiritual foundations of spirituality, spiritual practice and spiritual growth, and to apply knowledge of spiritual principles to individual and community life in the Christian tradition.

What you will learn

  • Advanced knowledge of the theological and spiritual foundations of spirituality, spiritual practice and spiritual growth in the Christian tradition, and of the relation of these to broader theological studies
  • Mastery of skills to reflect critically on personal spiritual experience in the light of key themes, traditions and approaches in spirituality
  • Communication and technical research skills to justify and interpret theoretical propositions and professional decisions about themes, traditions and approaches in spirituality
  • How to apply knowledge of themes, traditions and approaches in spirituality with creativity and initiative to professional practice and further learning
  • How to apply relevant theological and hermeneutical skills through the execution of a substantial research-based project, capstone experience or piece of scholarship.

Course Structure

The Master of Spirituality consists of 12 units (288 points):

  • 4 units (96 points) of Foundation units (Level 8) in three disciplines from at least two fields (including 48 points in the discipline of Spirituality)
  • 4 units (96 points) of Elective units (Level 9) in Spirituality
  • 1 unit (24 points) of an Elective unit (Level 9) in any discipline
  • Either a Capstone unit of at least 24 points in the discipline of Spirituality or in synthesis with it, or the unit RQ9748M Minor Thesis
  • Further Foundational, Elective, Praxis or Capstone units

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Entry Requirements and Admission

Successful completion of an undergraduate degree, or an approved equivalent.

Have questions about the course or application process?
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Course Cost

View unit fees and payment options here.
Students who are Australian citizens or holders of a permanent humanitarian visa are eligible for FEE-HELP.


Further Opportunities

Graduates who have completed a Research Essay at a specified standard may be eligible for admission to a higher degree by research.


Accreditation

This course is accredited by the University of Divinity. View the regulations here.

Master of Counselling

CRICOS:
N/A
[MCouns]
DURATION:
1 year full-time or
equivalent part-time
STUDY MODE:
Face-to-face
INTAKE PERIOD:
February
July

The Master of Counselling provides students with advanced professional skills for counselling ministry and for pastoral and spiritual formation. It nurtures the formation of professional identity and vision suitable for individual and relational counselling. The course equips graduates to engage in supportive and intensive therapies with psychological competence and theological congruence.

Students are exposed to traditional knowledge and contemporary developments in the theory and skills of counselling and psychotherapy. The Master of Counselling will provide opportunities for critical study and integration from personal, social and cultural perspectives and from the perspectives of pastoral theology, ministry, mission and service.

What you will learn

  1. Expert counselling skills
  2. Knowledge and experience of supervisory leadership and management structures
  3. How to apply skills to initiate and plan counselling interventions
  4. How to apply critical self-evaluation and theological reflection to their practice of counselling
  5. How to apply professional practice in counselling with diverse people in a wide range of contexts including multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural environments.

Streams

Unit choices and study outcomes are guided by the Master of Counselling streams

Stream 1: Counselling Accreditation
The Counselling accreditation stream is for students who enter Phase 1 of the Master of Counselling without a counselling qualification but with a relevant undergraduate degree in a field such as psychology or theology. The purpose of Phase 2 for these students is to build up your hours in supervised counselling, thereby enabling you to gain accreditation with one of the two peak counsellor accreditation bodies. View Steam 1 units here.

Stream 2: Professional Development
The Professional Development stream is for students who enter Phase 1 with enough study and hours of supervised counselling to gain accreditation as a counsellor from a professional industry body. These students have typically completed aifc’s Diploma of Counselling (Christian) and Advanced Diploma of Counselling and Family Therapy (Christian) before entering Phase 1 or the Master of Counselling. The purpose of Phase 2 enrolment is therefore to advance your level of professional accreditation as well as your knowledge and skills. View Steam 2 units here.

Stream 3: Research Formation
The Research stream is for students who have a sufficient number of accredited and supervised counselling hours to already have gained higher levels of accreditation with ACA or PACFA. The purpose of Phase 2 for these students is to test your capacities and be formed for research. View Steam 3 units here.


Course structure

All units are offered online with face-to-face seminars (delivered in Perth, Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne), readings, assessments and client practice hours. This is a full-time (one year) or part-time course consisting of 6 units at AQF level 9 (144 points):

  • 2 units in Supervised Counselling Practicum (24 points each)
  • 4 elective units (including theology/biblical studies, pastoral care, counselling, clinical pastoral education and supervision (24 points each)

Entry Requirements and Admission

Successful completion of the Graduate Diploma in Counselling and Integrated Psychotherapy (Spiritual) from the Australian Institute of Family Counselling (AIFC), or equivalent degree, and satisfactory completion of an interview with a designated Coursework Coordinator.

Have questions about the course or application process?
Call us on (03) 9790 1000
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Course Cost

View unit fees and payment options here.
Students who are Australian citizens or holders of a permanent humanitarian visa are eligible for FEE-HELP.


Further Opportunities

Graduates who have completed the Research Formation Program may be eligible for admission to higher degrees by research.


Accreditation

This course is accredited by the University of Divinity. View the regulations here.

Professional accreditation:
the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA)
the Australian Counselling Association (ACA)

Master of Divinity [M.Div.]

CRICOS:
042692G
[MDiv]
DURATION:
3 years full-time or
equivalent part-time
STUDY MODE:
In-Class
Online
Blended
INTAKE PERIOD:
February
July

The Master of Divinity is a primary theological degree for students with a degree in another area. The Master of Divinity enables students to apply an advanced body of knowledge in divinity and its associated disciplines in ministry contexts. Students broaden their knowledge and skills to prepare them for professional practice and further learning.

What you will learn

  • Advanced knowledge of sources, terms and concepts required in divinity and its related disciplines
  • have mastery of research principles and methods, including analytical and communication skills applicable to divinity and its related disciplines
  • Advanced skills of interpretation and critical reflection on a range of theological and related disciplines, with awareness of their implications and applications to historical and contemporary issues and contexts, in order to generate and evaluate ideas for professional practice and further learning
  • How to articulate and communicate knowledge and insights in divinity and its related disciplines to specialist and non-specialist audiences
  • How to apply relevant theological and hermeneutical skills through the execution of a substantial research-based project, theological synthesis, or supervised ministry project.

Course Structure

The Master of Pastoral Care consists of 18 units (432 points):

2 units (48 points) in Greek or Hebrew (Level 8)
3 units (72 points) in Biblical studies (Level 8)
3 units (72 points) in Christian Thought and History (2 x Level 8, 1 x Level 9)
2 units (38 points) in Practical and Public Theology (1 x Level 8, 1 x Level 9)
1 unit (24 points) in any discipline (Level 8 or 9)
6 units in any discipline (Level 9)
1 Capstone unit or Research essay (Level 9)

Most standard units are delivered over one semester (15 weeks), with teaching methods including lectures, seminars and tutorials.

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Download the Master of Divinity Course Planner to map out your studies.


Entry Requirements and Admission

Successful completion of an undergraduate degree, or an approved equivalent.

Have questions about the course or application process?
Call us on (03) 9790 1000
Enquire online here
Apply for admission here


Course Cost

View unit fees and payment options here.
Students who are Australian citizens or holders of a permanent humanitarian visa are eligible for FEE-HELP.


Further Opportunities

Graduates who have completed a Research Essay at a specified standard may be eligible for admission to a higher degree by research.


Accreditation

This course is accredited by the University of Divinity. View the regulations here.

Master of Philosophy

CRICOS:
077752A
[MPhil]
DURATION:
18 months full-time or
equivalent part-time
STUDY MODE:
Face-to-face
INTAKE PERIOD:
April
November

The Master of Philosophy is a higher degree by research in divinity or one or more of its associated disciplines and is designed for individuals who bring a foundation within this disciplinary range. The purpose of the Master of Philosophy is to qualify individuals to apply an advanced body of knowledge in divinity or one or more of its associated disciplines in a range of contexts and to provide a pathway for possible further learning.

What you will learn

  • Have a body of knowledge in a field of study within divinity or one or more of its associated disciplines that includes the understanding of recent developments within this field
  • How to apply advanced knowledge and skills to plan and execute a substantial piece of research
  • Cognitive, technical and creative skills to generate and evaluate complex ideas and concepts in a field of study within divinity or one or more of its associated disciplines and to reflect critically on them
  • Cognitive skills in, and mastery of, research principles and methods applicable to the field in which the research has been carried out
  • Skills to present a coherent and sustained argument and to communicate research results to specialist and non-specialist audiences.

Course Structure

  1. Submission of an annual report throughout the duration of candidature.
  2. Satisfactory completion of confirmation of candidature.
  3. Where relevant, satisfactory completion of requirements of the Human Research Ethics Committee.
  4.  Attendance and participation in a minimum of 8 hours of research seminars at the University and either a University Research Conference or a research conference approved by the candidate’s College during each year of candidature. Satisfactory completion of these requirements must be certified by the College on the candidate’s annual report.
  5. Preparation of a thesis of up to 40,000 words for examination.

Entry Requirements and Admission

To be eligible for admission you must have completed one of the following awards at the University of Divinity to the specified standard, or an equivalent award in divinity or its associated disciplines at another higher education provider recognised by the Academic Board to an equivalent standard:

a)   a Masters by coursework with a 75% average; or

b)   a Graduate Diploma with a 75% average; or

c)    a four year undergraduate degree with Honours with a 75% average.

An applicant must also satisfy the Research Committee that he or she has completed a research essay or thesis of at least 12,000 words graded at or above 75%. The research essay or thesis may have been completed either within one of the awards listed above or as part of another program of study.

Upon admission, the applicant becomes a member of the School of Graduate Research.

Have questions about the course or application process?
Call us on (03) 9790 1000
Enquire online here
Apply for admission here


Course Cost

View unit fees and payment options here.
Students who are Australian citizens or holders of a permanent humanitarian visa are eligible for FEE-HELP.


Further Opportunities

Graduates who have completed a Research Essay at a specified standard may be eligible for admission to a higher degree by research, including the Doctor of Philosophy.

The MPhil offers a pathway to PhD studies. A student may also apply for their candidature to be upgraded from the MPhil to the PhD, after 12 months of satisfactory masters candidature.


Accreditation

This course is accredited by the University of Divinity. View the regulations here.

Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE)

Placement in a hospital (clinical) setting offers the opportunity to develop skills in pastoral and spiritual care with people across the spectrum of society and to integrate one’s operational theology with the actual offering of care in situations of major and minor life transitions including birth and birthing, ageing, trauma, rehabilitation, mental health issues, dying and death. The clinical setting confronts people with the major questions of meaning and purpose and in meeting them in these profound places, the CPE student learns the possibilities for offering effective pastoral care.

While all hospital based Clinical Pastoral Education Centres have placements in the clinical setting, several accept students with external placements in a variety of settings, including aged care, mental health, community and schools. External placements offer students the opportunity to reflect on their experience as pastoral and spiritual caregivers in their current or intended area of pastoral practice.

 

View 2020 CPE Placements

Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) is offered through the University of Divinity in partnership with ASACPEV (the Association for Supervised and Clinical Pastoral Education in Victoria, Inc).  The program is required by some churches for formal ministry accreditation or ordination, and is available to pastoral and spiritual carers. Most units are offered in hospital or clinical contexts, but some can be undertaken in a variety of ministry contexts. The CPE program is led by ASACPEV’s accredited supervisors.


CPE Units

Three CPE units are available at postgraduate level only:

DP9100S Clinical Pastoral Education Level 1

Enrolment in DP9100S requires the following co-requisite study:

In Undergraduate programs:
At least one unit at 2000 level or higher in CT AND at least one unit in DP AND at least one unit in Field B; AND demonstrated pastoral competence; AND a successful interview with the CPE Centre Director or delegate.

In Postgraduate programs:
At least one Unit in Field B or in CT AND One Unit in DP; AND demonstrated pastoral competence; AND a successful interview with the CPE Centre Director or delegate.

DP9273S Clinical Pastoral Education Level 2
DP9170S Clinical Pastoral Education (Specialist)

Enrolment in DP9273S and DP9170S requires the satisfactory completion of DP9100S Clinical Pastoral Education Level 1.

These are postgraduate units, which can be taken in undergraduate courses, such as the Bachelor of Ministry, Bachelor of Theology or the Advanced Diploma in Theology and Ministry, as well as in postgraduate courses. The units are taught at a postgraduate level so the postgraduate unit fee applies. CPE units cannot be audited. A full time unit is based on a 38-hour week.


Demands of the CPE Program

The CPE program demands much of students, both in time and emotional investment. Encounters with others can be challenging, as can the reflection on those encounters. The discipline of writing up journals, case studies and verbatims, enhances personal integration. Students who are new to hospital or healthcare settings, or multi-faith and multi-cultural settings may find these confronting. CPE is often reported as one of the most rewarding units taken by students.


Enrolling in CPE

Students interested in taking a unit of CPE should first speak with a Registrar at any of the University of Divinity Colleges.

Enrolments are managed through the University’s Colleges in conjunction with the University’s CPE Liaison Officer, Allison Whitby, who is located at Stirling Theological College. The CPE Liaison Officer can offer advise on who to contact at which CPE Centre, and the ASACPEV website can also guide students.

 

Contact Alison Whitby:
Email: awhitby@stirling.edu.au
Phone Number (Stirling Theological College): (03) 9790 1000

 

Students wishing to undertake CPE are required to follow application procedures, including an interview with a CPE Centre Director before they can be offered a place in the program. With the letter of offer, a student can then enrol in the required unit.