The Graduate Certificate in Theological Studies is an 18-unit program offered by the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences. It is taught through the Adelaide College of Divinity.

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

Admission requirements

Applicants must normally hold an approved three year degree or equivalent qualification from a 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 develop or deepen knowledge and skills in contemporary theology and biblical studies and to provide opportunities to critically reflect on theological dimensions of professional and community life.  Core topics provide a foundational introduction to disciplines of theology and biblical studies and are a pathway to further postgraduate study within Theology.

The Graduate Certificate in Theological Studies aims to provide students with opportunities to:

  • gain a fundamental knowledge and understanding of contemporary theology and biblical studies
  • examine and reflect on theological dimensions of professional and social life
  • acquire knowledge and skills in several areas of contemporary academic theology.

Learning outcomes

On completion of the Graduate Certificate in Theological Studies, students will have:

  • demonstrated a fundamental knowledge and understanding of contemporary theology and biblical studies
  • contributed to academic discussion of contemporary theology and biblical studies and be able to independently apply these to make high level decisions in their own professional and community life
  • applied theological knowledge and skills in the interpretation of texts and discussed the connection between society and communities, in historical and contemporary contexts
  • demonstrated the ability to plan, initiate and undertake research and analysis of a range of sources, and communicate findings at a post-graduate level
  • demonstrated their knowledge of several chosen areas of contemporary academic theology. 

Credit

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 Certificate in Theological Studies, a student must complete 18 units with a grade of P or NGP or better in each topic, according to the following program of study:

Core - Year 1 topics

Select one of

 THEO8307  Theology of Jesus Christ GE  (4.5 units)
 THEO9033  Biblical Hermeneutics: Making Sense of the Bible GE  (4.5 units)

plus one of

 THEO8102  Interpreting the Old Testament GE  (4.5 units)
 THEO8204  Interpreting the New Testament GE  (4.5 units)

plus one of

 THEO8314  Introduction to Christian Thought GE  (4.5 units)
 THEO8401  Church History A GE  (4.5 units)

Option - Year 1 topics

Select 4.5 units from the following topics

Biblical Studies

 THEO7106  Readings in Old Testament Studies  (4.5 units)
 THEO7204  Readings in New Testament Studies  (4.5 units)
 THEO8004  The Bible and Popular Culture GE  (4.5 units)
 THEO8102  Interpreting the Old Testament GE  (4.5 units)
 THEO8103  Ecology and the Bible  (4.5 units)
 THEO8104  Pentateuch GE (4.5 units)
 THEO8105  Prophetic Literature GE  (4.5 units)
 THEO8106  Writings of the Hebrew Bible GE  (4.5 units)
 THEO8107  Wisdom Literature GE  (4.5 units)
 THEO8202  Synoptic Studies GE  (4.5 units)
 THEO8204  Interpreting the New Testament GE  (4.5 units)
 THEO8205  John's Gospel and the Johannine Epistles GE  (4.5 units)
 THEO8206  Pauline Letters GE  (4.5 units)
 THEO8207  Study Tour: Lands of the Bible GE  (4.5 units)
 THEO8701  Biblical Greek 1 GE  (4.5 units)
 THEO8702  Biblical Greek 2 GE  (4.5 units)
 THEO8703  Biblical Greek 3 GE  (4.5 units)
 THEO8704  Biblical Hebrew 1 GE  (4.5 units)
 THEO8705  Biblical Hebrew 2 GE  (4.5 units)
 THEO8706  Biblical Hebrew 3 GE (4.5 units)
 THEO9033  Biblical Hermeneutics: Making Sense of the Bible GE  (4.5 units)

Historical and Systematic Theology

 THEO7306  Readings in Systematic Theology  (4.5 units)
 THEO7405  Readings in Church History  (4.5 units)
 THEO8003  Guided Study in Theology  (4.5 units)
 THEO8307  Theology of Jesus Christ GE  (4.5 units)
 THEO8314  Introduction to Christian Thought GE  (4.5 units)
 THEO8315  Christian Ethics GE  (4.5 units)
 THEO8316  Church, Ministry and Sacraments GE  (4.5 units)
 THEO8317  God the Trinity GE  (4.5 units)
 THEO8318  Religious Pluralism in a Contemporary World GE  (4.5 units)
 THEO8401  Church History A GE  (4.5 units)
 THEO8402  Church History B GE  (4.5 units)
 THEO9501  Guided Study in Christian Spirituality  (4.5 units)

Ministry Studies

 THEO7501  Readings in Ministry and Mission Studies  (4.5 units)
 THEO7502  Readings in Christian Discipleship  (4.5 units)
 THEO7503  Readings in Christian Leadership  (4.5 units)
 THEO7504  Readings in Pastoral Care  (4.5 units)
 THEO8501  Community Based Spiritual Care GE  (4.5 units)
 THEO8502  Christian Education GE  (4.5 units)
 THEO8503  Christian Leadership GE  (4.5 units)
 THEO8504  Ministry and Mission Studies 1 GE  (4.5 units)
 THEO8505  Ministry and Mission Studies 2 GE  (4.5 units)
 THEO8506  Reading Cultures GE  (4.5 units)
 THEO8508  Theology and Practice of Chaplaincy  (4.5 units)
 THEO8509  Exploring Cross-Cultural Ministry GE (4.5 units)
 THEO8510  Theology of Reconciliation GE  (4.5 units)
 THEO9309  Guided Study in Liturgy  (4.5 units)