Want to study Bible and Theology in an environment that is inclusive, ecumenical, collaborative and professional? Flinders University's Department of Theology is located at the Adelaide College of Divinity campus, in a safe residential area between Adelaide airport and the city, about 20 minutes from the main campus of Flinders University.

Theology is becoming widely recognised both nationally and internationally as one of the research strengths of Flinders University.

The year is divided into two semesters, with semester 1 running from late February/early March to June, and semester 2 from late July to November. Some topics are taught as "intensives" at other times of the year.

Courses in the Department of Theology at Flinders University draw from four broad areas of study.
  1. Biblical Studies. Our biblical educators pursue the best contemporary methods of biblical interpretation. They bring the needs of the world to the Biblical text. They are committed to excellence in helping students identify their responses and concerns as they read the Scriptures. This approach lays the foundation for dialogue with the important cultural and social issues of our time. This method has borne fruit in our internationally acclaimed Earth-Bible project.
  2. Historical and Systematic Theology. The focus here is on Christian doctrinal formulations: the knowledge of God and God's relationship to the universe, human beings and the church. These are some of the foundational themes for understanding God's mission in the world. Much of our teaching and research involves theology in dialogue with other fields of study (such as philosophy and the natural sciences) and with issues critical to contemporary society and culture (such as the environment, social justice and bioethics).
  3. Ministry Studies. These concern the practical task of connecting Christian faith to the lives of people, inside and outside the church, here and now. Theology in practice, personal development in spirituality and ministry, skills in collaboration, leadership, and serving and caring for others are the core of a pastoral approach.
  4. Biblical and Theological Languages. These open up the new world of the original texts of the Bible and Theology in the languages in which they were written.

Graduate Certificate in Theological Studies

The Graduate Certificate in Theological Studies is an 18-unit program taught at the Adelaide College of Divinity. The aim of the course is to provide a basic knowledge in Christian theology at university level. The course consists of three core topics and one optional topic.
This course is specifically aimed at teachers and other professionals as a form of professional development and training.  It is not a basic requirement for employment.  It is designed to provide a sound understanding of contemporary theology and biblical studies and to provide opportunities to reflect on theological dimensions of professional and social life.  It is anticipated that this course will provide a pathway to further postgraduate study within Theology.

For:
  • secondary teachers wishing to undertake professional development
  • professionals in the field of religion and church workers wishing to be better informed about key theological questions
  • anyone with an interest in exploring the ultimate questions of life within an ecumenical Christian framework
  • graduates in another discipline who need bridging studies to a higher degree in theology.

More information is available in Course information .

 

Graduate Diploma in Theological Studies

The Graduate Diploma in Theological Studies is a 36-unit program taught at the Adelaide College of Divinity. The course articulates with the Graduate Certificate in Theological Studies and the Master of Theological Studies.
The course can be taken in one year full-time or two to three years part-time. It builds on the Graduate Certificate by allowing the student to explore a wider range of theological and / or biblical issues and themes at depth. The course comprises four core topics and four elective topics.

For:
  • secondary teachers wishing to undertake professional development
  • church workers wishing to be better informed about key theological questions
  • anyone with an interest in exploring the ultimate questions of life within an ecumenical Christian framework.

More information is available in Course information .

Master of Theological Studies, MThSt

The Master of Theological Studies is a 72 unit program which is flexible and designed to meet the needs of individual students. For information about admission requirements and topics, please visit the Course information .
This course is taken over two years full-time or four to five years part-time. The course is designed to provide teachers of religious education, other professionals in the field of religion and people with a general interest in religion with a comprehensive understanding of contemporary theology and biblical studies, and to provide opportunities to reflect on theological dimensions of professional and social life.  It includes an opportunity to undertake a research project on a theme of personal interest or relevance to their professional work.  It is anticipated that students who satisfactorily complete a substantial project may be eligible to undertake a research higher degree in Theology.

For:

  • ministers of religion and other graduates in theology wishing to undertake professional development
  • for graduates in other disciplines, including lay church workers and leaders, teachers of Christian education and religion studies, and teachers in Christian schools, who wish to enhance their understanding of the Christian faith at a postgraduate level. 

 

 

Master of Theology, MTh

The Master of Theology requires the completion of an approved program of pure research that culminates in the submission of a thesis of 35,000 - 50,000 words, done over 2 year full-time or 4 years part-time. For more information, please visit the Research Higher Degree information .

Doctor of Philosophy, PhD

The Doctor of Philosophy requires the completion of a program of pure research that culminates in the submission of a thesis of 70,000 - 100,000 words, done over 4 years full-time or 8 years part-time. For more information, please visit the Research Higher Degree information .


Further Information

For further information, consult the current Course information or contact:

Katherine Sutcliffe
Administrative Officer (Academic)
School of Humanities
Faculty of Education, Humanities and Law
Flinders University
GPO Box 2100
Adelaide SA 5001
Australia

Tel: (+61 8) 8201 3651
Fax: (+61 8) 8201 2784
katherine.sutcliffe@flinders.edu.au