Why choose the University of Divinity?
Experience a unique engagement with Christian theological traditions at the University of Divinity, a collegiate Australian University. Whether you are interested in the academic study of theology, exploration of your Christian faith, personal growth, ordained ministry, or training as a lay-worker, at the University of Divinity you can take the next step in your vocation.
Develop a deeper understanding of your faith under the guidance of world-class theologians within our colleges and specialist schools. Discover how centuries-old tradition can address contemporary questions as you access the University’s extensive academic resources and library collections. Small class sizes will help you connect with lecturers, meet other students, and freely engage in the issues of the contemporary world.
Wherever your studies lead, you will be equipped to contribute to a just and compassionate society.
You will join the University through one of our Colleges or Schools. Throughout your studies, your home College is a hub for personalised support and guidance to ensure that you have the best student experience.
Study with us
The University of Divinity promotes the highest standards of scholarship in theology, philosophy, ministry and counselling.
You can study diplomas, undergraduate degrees, graduate certificates and diplomas, postgraduate degrees and higher degrees by research. These are located at levels 5 to 10 of the Australian Qualifications Framework. All the University’s awards are in Divinity and its associated disciplines, in the broad field of Society and Culture. Each course is offered by one or more Colleges of the University. Students enrol in a course through a College but may take units at other Colleges of the University.
You can study diplomas, undergraduate degrees, graduate certificates and diplomas, postgraduate degrees and higher degrees by research.
Apply for Admission into a Course
If you are a new student or you are looking to begin a new course with the University of Divinity, you will need to apply for admission into the course of study.
Apply for Admission into a Research Degree
You can apply for a research degree at any time of the year. Commencement of study will be 1 February, 1 May, 1 August or 1 October. Please allow approximately two months between submitting your application and being approved to commence study.
Tuition fees are set by the University of Divinity Council annually. Fees are paid directly to the University of Divinity at the time of admission or re-enrolment. A range of payment options are available.
Many of our units allow you to benefit from an online learning environment, providing the flexibility of study to fit into your everyday life. Whether you work full-time, your geographical location prevents you from attending lectures, or you simply prefer an online experience, online study can help you achieve your learning and personal goals.
At the conclusion of your study, you will graduate with the same qualification you would receive if you had studied on campus.
All courses may be studied online by enrolling in online units. For a comprehensive list of scheduled units delivered online, please consult the Unit Management System and in the search bar set “Unit Mode” to “Online”.
Units offered by each College can be found on the College’s website or published handbook. A summary of units offered each year can be consulted at the University of Divinity’s Unit Directory, https://units.divinity.edu.au/.
Units are offered at one of the following levels:
- Diploma (unit number coding begins with 0)
- Undergraduate Level 1 (unit number coding begins with 1)
- Undergraduate Level 2 (unit number coding begins with 2)
- Undergraduate Level 3 (unit number coding begins with 3)
- Postgraduate Foundational (unit number coding begins with 8)
- Postgraduate Elective (unit number coding begins with 9)
- Capstone (unit number coding begins with 3 (undergraduate) or 9 (postgraduate))
Fields and Disciplines
The University of Divinity structures its learning, teaching and research around four broad Fields of study, each Field housing a range of disciplines. These are listed below, together with the abbreviation for each Field and discipline used in unit codes throughout the University and its Colleges.
Field A: Humanities
- AH History
- AL Biblical Languages
- AL Languages ancient and modern
- AP Philosophy
- AR Religious Studies
Field B: Biblical Studies
- BA Old Testament
- BN New Testament
- BS Biblical Studies
Field C: Christian Thought and History
- CH Church History
- CT Systematic Theology
Field D: Theology: Mission and Ministry
- DA Mission and Ministry
- DC Canon Law
- DD Spiritual Direction
- DE Education Studies
- DL Liturgy
- DM Missiology
- DP Pastoral Theology and Ministry Studies
- DR Religious Education
- DS Spirituality
- DT Moral Theology
- DU Ecumenical Studies
- DZ Professional Counselling
Specialist study options
The University of Divinity offers a range of programs with a specialist focus.
Clinical Pastoral Education
Integrate your operational theology with the actual offering of care in situations of major and minor life transitions in a hospital placement.
Develop your counselling skills as a professional counsellor, while pursuing your own spiritual formation.
Gain the qualifications, knowledge and practical skills to become a Professional Supervisor.
School of Indigenous Studies
Encouraging the development of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander theologies and ministries, and decolonising the eurocentric versions of Christianity that remain dominant in this country.
School of Graduate Research
The School of Graduate Research (SGR) fosters a high-quality learning environment for higher degree by research students and their supervisors from pre-admission information through to post-candidature guidance and networking.
Services and Support for Overseas Students
The University of Divinity welcomes and provides overseas students with a safe, enjoyable and rewarding place to study. Find out more about the range of services and support to help overseas students succeed in their studies.
Pathway to Victoria Scholarship
The Victorian Government is offering scholarships of up to AU$2500 to eligible overseas students who complete an approved English Language Studies Centre for Pastoral Ministry (ELSPM) program or Foundation Studies Program, before commencing their award degree at the University of Divinity in 2022 or 2023.
International Education Resilience Fund
If you are an international student in Australia experiencing financial hardship, you may be eligible for material or financial to support your study, through the Victorian Government’s International Education Resilience Fund (IERF).
Culture and Integrity
Fair treatment, justice, encompassing diversity and supporting those who are vulnerable are all part of the University’s culture, anchored in Christian tradition.
Health and Wellbeing
Taking care of your physical and mental health will help you to achieve academic success, make the most of your learning opportunities and enjoy a positive student experience.
The University values diversity and is committed to the inclusion, engagement and support of students of a variety of beliefs, backgrounds and abilities.