Undergraduate Degrees

Entry requirements

Bachelor degrees are open to people who have completed Year 12, International Baccalaureate or overseas equivalent. Probationary entry is available to mature-age (21 years or over) students without a Year 12 qualification.

Bachelor of Ministry [BMin]

The Bachelor of Ministry (BMin) is a comprehensive, three-year undergraduate degree enabling students to lay sound foundations in the key theological disciplines and engage in more detailed study in selected areas. Candidates for Christian ministries can use the BMin to meet many of the academic prerequisites for ordination. The BMin can be completed part time for a period of up to nine years.

The Bachelor of Ministry has a more intentional focus than the Bachelor of Theology on the practice of ministry. It provides units designed to prepare women and men for various areas of ministry in church and society. A feature of the course is the supervised field experience. This provides a close link between units taught and experiences in the field.

The structure of the BMin offers considerable flexibility for students to follow areas of their interest and specialisation.

Course outcomes

The BMin enables students to:

  • Acquire a broad and integrated introduction to theology, becoming familiar with the literature, language and concepts of theology.
  • Develop the academic skills and attributes necessary to research, comprehend, interpret and evaluate theology from a range of sources.
  • Develop the ability to review, consolidate, extend and apply the knowledge and techniques learnt to the practice of ministry – this is supplemented by supervised field experience.
  • Develop a foundation in theology for lifelong learning, or for further academic study in theology.
  • Develop skills appropriate for ministry in the church.

Course structure

Every course of study for the Bachelor of Ministry will consist of 360 points made up of:

  1. a)   60 points in disciplines in Biblical Studies, which must include at least 15 points in both the Old and New Testaments;
  2. b)   30 points in Church History;
  3. c)    60 points in Systematic Theology;
  4. d)   30 points in a discipline or disciplines in Theology: Mission and Ministry;
  5. e)   60 points of praxis units in Theology: Mission and Ministry; and
  6. f)    A further 120 points.

Each course of study for the Bachelor of Ministry:

  • Must not include more than 180 points at level 1; and
  • Must include at least 90 points at level 3, including 30 points at level 3 in a discipline or disciplines in Theology: Mission and Ministry.

For students taking double degrees (BTheol/BMin or MDiv/BMin) up to 180 points may be held in common between the two degrees.  The minimum duration of both double degrees is 4.5 years.

Duration

The Bachelor of Ministry can be completed in no less than three, and not more than nine years.

Click here to download a useful BMin course planner.

Bachelor of Theology [BTheol]

CRICOS code 011489A

What is this course about?

The Bachelor of Theology critically examines life and faith through the study of the Bible, theological traditions and historical contexts. The Bachelor of Theology assists students to develop knowledge across broad areas of theology, as well as depth in areas of interest. It develops research and communication skills, and prepares graduates for further theological study.

Course learning outcomes

Graduates of the Bachelor of Theology:

  • Have a coherent and critical knowledge of Christian theological traditions and methodologies, with focused knowledge in at least one area.
  • Can articulate the knowledge they have acquired to generate insights and communicate them through clear reasoned argument.
  • Are able to engage theological traditions and contemporary culture.
  • Have a theologically informed basis for engagement and service.

Follow on study

Graduates have access to a range of postgraduate courses at Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma and Masters levels.

Course structure

This degree can be completed in not less than three years and not more than nine years.

The Bachelor of Theology consists of 360 points comprised of:

  1. 60 points in disciplines in Biblical Studies, which must include at least 15 points in both the Old and New Testaments;
  2. 30 points in Church History;
  3. 60 points in Systematic Theology;
  4. 30 points in a discipline or disciplines in Theology: Mission and Ministry; and
  5. A further 180 points.

Each course of study for the Bachelor of Theology:

  • Must not include more than 180 points at level 1; and
  • Must include at least 90 points at level 3, including 30 points at level 3 in either Biblical Studies or in Systematic Theology.

Click here to download a useful BTheol course planner

Credit

A maximum of eight units may be obtained in credit for completed degree level work done at other recognised tertiary institutions. A completed degree automatically carries four units of general credit, and another two units credit may be obtained in Field A, depending on the major taken for the degree. For credit to be obtained in the other three fields of study, the units concerned must closely parallel the content of the subject areas within those fields. Transfer credits are also possible. The total number of credits and transfer credits cannot exceed 240 points. Credits a re normally limited to courses completed not more than 10 years ago.

Students who began their degree under a previous regulation will be encouraged to complete the requirements of the new regulation (but this is not compulsary).

The regulation prior to 1 January 2009 can be viewed here. The regulation in force between January 2009 and December 2015 can be viewed here.