The Graduate Diploma in Theological Studies is a 36-unit program offered by the Faculty of Education, Humanities and Law.

The course articulates with The Graduate Certificate in Theological Studies and the Master of Theological Studies.

Students who complete The Graduate certificate are normally awarded credit for 18 units of topics towards The Graduate diploma.

The course is taught at the Adelaide College of Divinity.

Admission requirements

Applicants who do not hold The Graduate Certificate in Theological Studies must normally hold an approved degree or equivalent qualification from an approved tertiary institution.

However, the Faculty Board may, under certain circumstances and subject to specific conditions, admit others who can show evidence of fitness for candidature.

Course aims

This course is designed to follow on from The Graduate Certificate in Theological Studies and expand students' investigation of a range of theological and biblical studies.  It is expected that students will have introductory knowledge and skills in theology and biblical studies.

The Graduate Diploma in Theological Studies aims to:

  • extend students' knowledge and understanding of a range of contemporary theology and biblical studies
  • extend student examination and reflection on theological dimensions of professional and social life
  • provide students with opportunities to develop knowledge and skills in several areas of contemporary academic theology.

Learning outcomes

At completion of The Graduate Diploma in Theological Studies students will:

  • have developed a sound knowledge of contemporary theology and biblical studies
  • be able to contribute further to academic discussion on theological dimensions of professional and social life
  • be able to demonstrate their knowledge of several chosen areas of contemporary academic theology.


Limited credit may be granted for recognition of prior studies undertaken at the University or other approved tertiary institutions.  Further information is available here.

Program of study

To qualify for The Graduate Diploma in Theological Studies, a student must complete 36 units with a grade of P or NGP or better in each topic, according to the following program of study:

Core - Year 1 topics

 THEO8102  Reading the Old Testament  (4.5 units)
 THEO8202  Interpreting the Gospels  (4.5 units)
 THEO8307  Jesus Christ: A Theological Introduction  (4.5 units)
 THEO8314  Theology: Revelation and Grace  (4.5 units)

Elective - Year 1 topics

Select 18 units from the topics listed

 THEO2110  Old Testament Exegesis: Israel's Response to Exile  (4.5 units)
 THEO2111  Old Testament Exegesis: Pentateuch  (4.5 units)
 THEO2216  Pauline Letters  (4.5 units)
 THEO2217  Romans  (4.5 units)
 THEO2410  Reformation Church History  (4.5 units)
 THEO2411  Service as Good News -The Diaconate in History  (4.5 units)
 THEO2520  Exploring Cross-Cultural Ministry  (4.5 units)
 THEO2521  Ministry and Mission Studies 1  (4.5 units)
 THEO2522  Towards Reconciliation: a theological understanding of the relationship between indigenous and non-indigenous people in Australia  (4.5 units)
 THEO2704  Biblical Greek 1  (4.5 units)
 THEO2705  Biblical Hebrew I  (4.5 units)
 THEO3002  Biblical Hermeneutics: Making Sense of the Bible  (4.5 units)
 THEO3109  Old Testament Exegesis: The Writings of the Hebrew Bible  (4.5 units)
 THEO3111  Old Testament Exegesis: Prophets  (4.5 units)
 THEO3215  Voices of Jewish Christianity  (4.5 units)
 THEO3216  The Passion of Jesus, Passion of Christians  (4.5 units)
 THEO3217  Study Tour: Lands of the Bible  (4.5 units)
 THEO3330  Call of the Infinite: Encountering World Religions  (4.5 units)
 THEO3331  Christian Ethics: Morality, Ethics and Being a Disciple of Christ  (4.5 units)
 THEO3332  Contemporary Issues in Christian Ethics  (4.5 units)
 THEO3333  Church and Ministry  (4.5 units)
 THEO3334  Appreciating God's Presence: Exploring Christian Sacraments  (4.5 units)
 THEO3335  God the Trinity  (4.5 units)
 THEO3336  Church, Ministry and Sacraments  (4.5 units)
 THEO3337  Philosophy and Christian Thought  (4.5 units)
 THEO3411  Medieval Church History  (4.5 units)
 THEO3412  Modern Church History  (4.5 units)
 THEO3511  Ministry and Mission Studies 2  (4.5 units)
 THEO3705  Biblical Greek 2  (4.5 units)
 THEO3706  Biblical Greek 3  (4.5 units)
 THEO3707  Biblical Hebrew 2  (4.5 units)
 THEO3708  Biblical Hebrew 3  (4.5 units)
 THEO7106  Readings in Old Testament Studies  (4.5 units)
 THEO7204  Readings in New Testament Studies  (4.5 units)
 THEO7306  Readings in Systematic Theology  (4.5 units)
 THEO7307  Readings in Bioethics  (4.5 units)
 THEO7405  Readings in Church History  (4.5 units)
 THEO7501  Readings in Ministry Studies  (4.5 units)
 THEO8003  Guided Study in Theology  (4.5 units)
 THEO8103  Ecology and the Bible  (4.5 units)
 THEO8203  Texts, Artifacts and Culture  (4.5 units)
 THEO8309  Biomedical Ethics  (4.5 units)
 THEO8310  History, Destiny and Hope: Introducing Christian Eschatology  (4.5 units)
 THEO8311  Living in Time and Eternity: Eucharist and the Liturgical Year  (4.5 units)
 THEO8312  Quest for the Spirit: Exploring Theology and the Arts  (4.5 units)
 THEO8313  Sex, Ethics and Christianity  (4.5 units)

Other topics require the permission of the program approver.

Except with the permission of the Faculty Board, the program must be completed within six consecutive semesters. This period will be reduced if credit is granted.