Graduate Diploma in Biblical Languages

Summary information

Course title

Graduate Diploma in Biblical Languages





Colleges where it can be studied

  • Whitley College

Overseas students


AQF level

Level 8 – Bachelor Honours Degree, Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma

Study load

  • Part-time
  • Full-time


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

Cost of study

The GDBL requires completion of 6 standard postgraduate units. Fees for 2018 are $2,400 per standard unit or $14,400 for a full-time year (6 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 Graduate Diploma in Biblical Languages allows students to develop a strong working knowledge of the original and associated languages of the Bible as a basis for translation, biblical interpretation and further research. It develops substantial skills for further study and as a means of critically engaging biblical texts and traditions. Graduates are able to translate the languages of scripture and apply critical tools of analysis for use in biblical studies at a level appropriate for postgraduate research.

Course learning outcomes

Graduates of the Graduate Diploma in Biblical Languages:

  1. have a strong foundation in biblical languages in both Testaments, making effective use of electronic tools for analysing syntax and semantics;
  2. apply elements of linguistics to the study of biblical languages;
  3. apply skills of interpretation to a range of biblical texts in their original languages, with due attention  to their historical and cultural contexts;
  4. apply hermeneutical skills in clearly communicating the significance of linguistic studies of the biblical literature.

Follow on study


Admission dates

Admissions for first semester 2018 close on Friday 16 February 2018.
Admissions for second semester 2018 close on Friday 20 July 2018.

Admission criteria

Successful completion of an undergraduate degree, or an approved equivalent.

How to apply

How to Enrol

Course structure

The GDBL consists of 90 points comprised of 60 points in the discipline of Biblical Languages and a further 30 points.

Academic dress

Academic gown

Black Bachelor gown


Black trencher



Where to get further information

Enquiry information

  • 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 your course.