Overseas student type
You are an overseas student if you are:
- a temporary resident (visa status) of Australia,
- a permanent resident (visa status) of New Zealand, or
- a resident or citizen of any other country.
Conditions of study
- If residing in Australia the student will be classified as ‘On-Shore’. The student will require a visa to study.
- If residing overseas the student will be classified as ‘Off-Shore’. The student does not require a visa to study.
Student Visa 500
- A visa granted to non-Australian/New Zealand citizens residing and studying in Australia full-time.
- Course of study must be CRICOS registered.
- Cannot study more than 1/3 of course online.
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.
Graduates of the Diploma in Theology
- have sound foundational skills for 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 engagement and in contexts such as conversation.
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.
The standard full-time duration of the Diploma in Theology is one year. The Diploma in Theology must be completed in not less than one year and not more than four years from the date on which the course is commenced
|Standard full-time||1 year|
|Maximum part-time||4 years|
|Standard full-time||1 year|
Part-time available to off-shore students only
Pathways to future 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.
Successful completion of the Victorian Certificate of Education or equivalent. Probationary admission is available to approved persons aged 21 or greater who have not completed the Victorian Certificate of Education.
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.
- Admissions for first semester 2021 close on Friday 12 February 2021.
- Admissions for second semester 2021 close on Friday 16 July 2021.
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.