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Bachelor of Theology

Abbreviation: BTheol CRICOS code: 011489A Accredited through UD
3 years full-timeUp to 9 years part-time
Available to both domestic and overseas students

The Bachelor of Theology critically examines life and faith through the study of scriptures, theological traditions and historical contexts. It aims to broaden self-understanding and facilitate cultural engagement. The Bachelor of Theology assists students to develop knowledge across broad areas of theology and depth in particular areas of interest. It develops research and communication skills, and prepares graduates for further theological study. It may be possible for students to undertake study in a ministry setting as part of the course.

Course outcomes

Graduates of the Bachelor of Theology

  • have a broad, coherent and critical knowledge of Christian theological traditions and methodologies, with focused knowledge in at least one area
  • can articulate the knowledge they have acquired to generate insights and communicate them through clear reasoned argument
  • are able to engage theological traditions and contemporary culture
  • have a theologically informed basis for engagement and service in community and world.

The Bachelor of Theology consists of 24 standard units (432 points). The structure of the award comprises:

  • 4 units in the field of Biblical Studies (Field B) which must include at least 1 unit in each Testament
  • 2 units in the discipline of Church History (CH)
  • 4 units in the discipline of Systematic Theology (CT)
  • 2 units in the field of Theology: Mission and Ministry (Field D)
  • an undergraduate Capstone unit
  • a further 11 units

Each course of study for the Bachelor of Theology:

  • must not include more than 12 units at Bachelor Level 1.
  • must include at least 6 units at Bachelor Level 3, including 2 units in either the field of Biblical Studies (B) or the discipline of Systematic Theology (CT).

View the units scheduled for delivery in 2024:

Enrolment planning

Contact for course advice.

Students in the Pastoral Studies Stream normally follow a set program incorporating the BMin and BTheol. Consideration is given to eligible previous study. A modified program may be developed, normally on advice from the LCA or the recommendation of the Director of Formation.

Entry requirements

  • Successful completion of Year 12 in an Australian secondary school, or equivalent.

Where the first language is other than English, please see the English language proficiency requirements in the Admissions Policy.

ALC operates with a policy of credit transfer and recognition of prior learning (RPL); see the Credit Policy.

Students enrolling in the pastoral studies stream follow a set sequence of study. Interested students should contact a course advisor for further information about this stream.

Online availability

  • This course is generally accessible to remote students. Seek course advice about minimum face-to-face requirements.
  • It is common for students to enrol first in the Diploma in Theology (equivalent to the first year of the BTheol) and/or the Advanced Diploma in Theology and Ministry (equivalent to the first two years of the BTheol) then transfer their studies to the BTheol.
  • For those interested in Pastoral Studies, contact us for the specific requirements of the program.


  • Yes—this course is registered for FEE-HELP.

Overseas students

  • Yes—this course is available to both domestic and overseas students.
  • CRICOS code: 011489A


  • The Bachelor of Theology is an accredited AQF level 7 course of the University of Divinity (UD).
  • For further information, see UD course information for the Bachelor of Theology.