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Degree structure

Degree details

Higher Education

Applicants must have completed an Undergraduate degree in any discipline.

English Proficiency Requirements

Required IELTS Score: IELTS 6.5 (with 6.0 for all tests).

The Graduate Certificate in Theological Studies at Australian Catholic University is a flexible qualification designed to enable students to pursue a mixture of interests or to specialise in particular areas. The degree provides students with a means of extending their skills and knowledge in specific streams: Ancient Languages or the Biblical World.

Graduates of the Ancient Languages stream will be able to demonstrate basic skills in the use of biblical or ecclesial languages.

Graduates of the Biblical World stream will be able to interpret biblical texts using insights drawn from historical, cultural, literary, philosophical and theological analyses.

Graduates of the Graduate Certificate in Theological Studies (Ancient Languages) will be able to demonstrate basic skills in the use of biblical or ecclesial languages.

Graduates of the Graduate Certificate in Theological Studies (The Biblical World) will, depending on their subject choices, be able to:

  • interpret biblical texts using insights drawn from historical, cultural, literary, philosophical and theological analyses;
  • give an account of key moments in Christian history and of their import for the church, society and the development of doctrine;
  • use a variety of biblical and theological resources to articulate and explain the historical origins, development and interconnections of central Christian doctrines;
  • demonstrate basic skills in the use of biblical or ecclesial languages.

RPL or Credit may be granted according to ACU policies and applicants are advised to contact the Degree Coordinator.

The maximum credit that may be granted on the basis of previously completed qualification(s) of equal level is 50%.

Recommended Study Pattern

Students choose from either the Ancient Languages stream or the Biblical World stream and complete four subjects.

  • Ancient Languages students select any four subjects from the Ancient Languages stream list below
  • Biblical World students complete the core subject THBS501 Biblical Studies plus three subjects from the Biblical World stream list below.

Award Requirements

To qualify for the award of the Graduate Certificate of Theological Studies students must complete four subjects.