Summary information



Colleges where it can be studied
  • Australian Lutheran College
  • Catholic Theological College
  • Eva Burrows College
  • Pilgrim Theological College
  • St Athanasius College
  • Stirling Theological College
  • Trinity College Theological School
  • Whitley College
  • Yarra Theological Union


Overseas students


AQF level

Level 5 – Diploma

Study load
  • Part-time
  • Full-time
Study mode
  • Online
  • Blended (combination of Online and Face-to-face)
  • Face-to-face

One year full-time or up to four years part-time.

Cost of study

The Diploma in Theology requires completion of 8 standard undergraduate units. Fees for 2021 are $1,704 per standard unit or $13,632 for a year of full-time study (8 units).

Fees are subject to change from year to year. For more information about fees, please visit the Fees page.

Detailed information

What this course is about

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. It may be possible for students to undertake study in a ministry setting as part of the course.

Course learning outcomes

Graduates of the Diploma in Theology

  1. have sound foundational skills for critical study of Christian texts.
  2. have skills to articulate foundational theological and scriptural knowledge and reflection.
  3. have developed clear analytical skills allowing them to analyse and communicate sound theological arguments.
  4. apply their skills and knowledge to their own and other contexts and traditions.
  5. apply their skills and knowledge to the service of others through practical engagement and in contexts such as conversation.
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.


Admission dates
  • Admissions for first semester 2021 close on Friday 12 February 2021.
  • Admissions for second semester 2021 close on Friday 16 July 2021.
Admission criteria

Successful completion of VCE or equivalent. Probationary admission is available to approved persons aged 21 or greater who have not completed Year 12.

Prospective students apply by direct entry to a College of the University. The Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR) is not used in selection at the University of Divinity.

It may be possible for students to receive credit into their course for prior post-secondary study in theology or ministry.

How to Apply

Course structure

The Diploma in Theology consists of 144 points of study, comprising:

  • 36 points of study in Biblical Studies (Field B)
  • 36 points of study in Christian Thought and History (Field C)
  • a further 72 points of study.

Academic dress

Academic gown

Black Bachelor gown





Where to get further information

Find out more about our Student Profiles.

Enquire about this course

  • Please select the relevant student option. If you intend to apply for admission as an overseas student, refer to the field "Overseas students" in the summary information provided at the top of this page to check if it is possible for this course.