Diploma in Theology [DipTheol]

CRICOS code 060935M

The Diploma in Theology is a fully accredited award of the University of Divinity. The Diploma consists of eight semester units and can be completed in not less than one year, and not more than three years. The Diploma requires a minimum of two units in Biblical studies (Field B) and a minimum of two units in Christian Thought and History (Field C). Apart from these compulsory units, students are free to select the remaining four units from the wide variety of subjects on offer.

The Diploma in Theology introduces students to the key theological disciplines of Biblical Studies and Christian Thought and History. This may be extended by further study in those disciplines or by electives in the area of practical ministry studies.

Course learning outcomes

Graduates of the Diploma in Theology will:

  • Have sound foundational skills for the critical study of Christian texts.
  • Have skills to articulate foundational theological and scriptural knowledge and reflection.
  • Have developed clear analytical skills, allowing them to analyse and communicate sound theological arguments.
  • Apply their skills and knowledge to their own and other contexts and traditions.
  • Apply their skills and knowledge to the service of others through practical and relational engagement.

Course Structure

The Diploma in Theology consists of 120 points (eight standard units) of study, comprising:

  • 30 points of study in Biblical Studies (Field B)
  • 30 points of study in Christian Thought and History (Field C)
  • A further 60 points of study.

Each standard Diploma unit (15 credit points) runs for one semester of 15 weeks, including three weeks set aside for reading and examination, and normally has three class hours in each teaching week. Teaching methods include lectures, seminars and tutorials with class sizes rarely over 30, with many much smaller classes.

Units focused on ministry practice will involve supervised field placements, in which preparation, participation and evaluation of practical work play a key part alongside class work, observation, and reading.

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Entry Requirement

The Diplomas are open to students 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.

Assessment Methods

Assessment methods in Diploma courses range from academic essays, assignments and examination, to journaling, group projects or competency assessment. The MCD University of Divinity Coursework Studies Committee approves all methods to ensure equity in standards.


The Diploma in Theology can be completed in not less than one year, and not more than three years.

Study Modes

Candidates attend classes on-campus. Subject units are also available online.

Follow on study

Graduates may proceed to an Advanced Diploma in Theology and Ministry, an Advanced Diploma in Philosophy, or to the Bachelor of Ministry or Bachelor of Theology.


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