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Bachelor of Theology (Honours)

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CSU’s Bachelor of Theology (Honours) is designed to develop advanced research skills in theology and is a stepping stone to doctoral level research.

  • Why study this course?

    The Bachelor of Theology (Honours) is designed to provide students with the opportunity for advanced study in theology and an avenue to postgraduate research study. Graduates are able to articulate a broad understanding of the scope and disciplines of theological study; show advanced competence in methods of theological research; and demonstrate advanced competence in one of the following specialist theological fields of Biblical Studies, Systematic Theology, Practical Theology and Church History. The course consists of two coursework subjects and a Project/Dissertation.

  • Career opportunities

    This course provides a stepping stone to higher level research in doctoral programs and a career in research and academic teaching.

  • Subjects

    The below information is for new students. Current students should select their subjects by checking the Handbook for the year of their enrolment

    Course structure

    The course consists of one core subject and two electives:

    Core Subject:
    THL555 Theology Honours Project/Dissertation (32 points)


    Two subjects (32 points) chosen from one of the following discipline areas (Note: this must be the same discipline area as the dissertation topic), or subjects chosen with the approval of the Course Advisor:

    Systematic Theology (32)
    THL512 Contemporary Theology in a Global Context (16)
    THL514 Hermeneutics (16)
    THL542 Political Theology (16)
    THL544 Theology and Spirituality in Contemporary Engagement (16)
    THL545 Classic Texts in Christian Theology (16)

    Biblical Studies (32)
    THL511 Contemporary Approaches to Biblical Studies (16)
    THL514 Hermeneutics (16)
    THL517 Advanced Biblical Exegesis (16)
    THL535 Seminar in Biblical and Theological Interpretation (16)

    Practical Theology (32)
    THL514 Hermeneutics (16)
    THL518 Studies in Liturgy and Worship (16)
    THL519 Contemporary Issues in Practical Theology (16)
    THL540 Public Theology (16)

    Church History (32)
    THL513 Church History Methodology (16)
    THL514 Hermeneutics (16)
    THL533 The Philosophy of Religious History (16)

    Enrolment pattern

    Full-time Enrolment Pattern

    Session 1

    [ ] Elective chosen from one theological sub-discipline (Note: this must be the same discipline area as the dissertation topic)
    THL555  Theology Honours Project/Dissertation (16 points) (commenced)

    Session 2
    THL555  Theology Honours Project/Dissertation (16 points) (completed)
    [   ] Elective chosen from one theological sub-discipline (Note: this must be the same discipline area as the dissertation topic)


    Part-time Enrolment Pattern

    Session 1
    [ ] Elective chosen from one theological sub-discipline (Note: this must be the same discipline area as the dissertation topic)

    Session 2
    [   ] Elective chosen from one theological sub-discipline (Note: this must be the same discipline area as the dissertation topic)

    Session 3
    THL555  Theology Honours Project/Dissertation (16 points) (commenced)

    Session 4
    THL555  Theology Honours Project/Dissertation (16 points) (completed)

  • Admission information

    Applicants to this course must have achieved either of the following:

    •  been awarded or eligible to graduate with CSU's Bachelor of Theology, or equivalent;


    • applicants will normally be required to have specialised in theology/divinity; and
    • attained a credit average or better in the Level 2 and Level 3 subjects taken

    Acceptance into the program will be subject to the approval of the Course Coordinator and is at the discretion of the Head of the School of Theology.

    See standard CSU admission criteria

  • Cost of study

    Fees are relevant for 2016 only and are subject to change in future years. Tuition fees quoted do not include the Student Services and Amenities Fee.

    In some instances a tax deduction may be claimed for self education expenses. Please seek independent qualified taxation advice.

    Tuition costs
    Commonwealth supported place

    You will make a student contribution (formerly HECS) towards the cost of your tuition fees. Commonwealth supported places may be limited for this course.


    1. Defer your payment using a HECS-HELP loan, which is repaid through the taxation system once your income reaches a certain threshold
    2. Pay your student contribution fee up-front each session
    6240*Student contribution fee for your first year of study

    * This is an estimated fee for your first year of study based on a full-time study load (eight 8 point subjects). Should you be studying less than eight subjects in your first year, the fees would be decreased proportionally. This figure excludes the Student Services and Amenities fee. If your entire course is less than the equivalent of one year of full-time study, then the figure displayed is calculated as a percentage of a full-time study load e.g. 50%.

    More about Commonwealth supported places

    On campus (onshore) study mode
    2200*Tuition fee per 8 point subject
    Distance education (offshore) study mode
    2200*Tuition fee per 8 point subject

    * Fee for students commencing study in 2016.

    More information about international student fees

  • Course details
    Enrol TypeModeCampusFee typeSession1Session2Session3Admission Code
    DirectDistance EducationCanberraFPOSYYNJABU
    DirectOn CampusUnited Theological CollegeFPOSYYNIABU
    DirectOn CampusUnited Theological CollegeCGSYYNKABZ
    DirectOn CampusCanberraCGSYYNKABU
    DirectOn CampusCanberraFPOSYYNIATZ
    DirectDistance EducationCanberraCGSYYNEABZ

    CGS: Commonwealth Government supported places
    FPPG: Fee-paying postgraduate places
    FPOS: Fee-paying overseas student places
    Admission Code: For your reference if required during your application process
    NO TAC: An admission code is not required for applications to CSU Study Centres
    TEMP: An admission code has not yet been assigned for this course

    Graduation requirements

    To graduate, students must satisfactorily complete 64 points.

  • How to apply
    Apply direct to CSU

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    Apply direct to CSU

    Apply direct to CSU for on campus study at a CSU regional campus, or study by distance education.

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    CRICOS Code(s)

    029248D (United Theological College, Canberra)

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    Find out more about deferral

  • About the School
    School of Theology

    CSU’s School of Theology has an established reputation for its emphasis on student learning, quality teaching and research. The ethos of the School is ecumenical, with staff drawn from a variety of Christian traditions, all committed to developing and delivering a comprehensive, rigorous and vibrant theological education. Combined with a flexible learning environment and four teaching sites, the School provides a wide range of learning opportunities to students who wish to explore their faith and beliefs as well as those of other cultures. Students can study on campus at CSU’s Canberra and Parramatta campuses or via distance education. The School is also affiliated with St Barnabas Theological College in Adelaide and St Francis College in Brisbane and there may be opportunities for students to study some parts of their course at these locations.

  • Academic expectations

    For each 8 point subject at CSU, students should normally expect to spend between 140-160 hours engaged in the specified learning and assessment activities (such as attending lectures or residential schools, assigned readings, tutorial assistance, individual or group research/study, forum activity, workplace learning, assignments or examinations). The student workload for some subjects may vary from these norms as a result of approved course design.

    Students will be assessed on the basis of completed assignments, examinations, workplace learning, or other methods as outlined in specific subject outlines.

    Where applicable, students are responsible for travel and accommodation costs involved in workplace learning experiences, or attending residential schools (distance education students).

    Expectations relating to academic, workplace learning, time and cost requirements for specific subjects are provided in the subject abstracts and in course materials.

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