Diploma of Theology


On 10 April, the Federal Government announced that undergraduate students will not be charged the 25% loan fee for Fee-help funded units in semester 2, 2020.

Course Description

If you’re new to theological education, and particularly if you don’t have an undergraduate qualification, then the Diploma of Theology is a great way to dip your toe in the water.

It will give you an overview of both the Old and New Testaments, showing you the big-picture story of the Bible and giving you the basic skills to better understand and explain it. You’ll also be able to choose one key book or area of the Bible to explore more deeply, like Paul’s letters, the Gospels, or the Psalms. The broad range of optional units means you can then choose to uncover a bit of church history, get to grips with the doctrine of grace, learn some practical ministry skills like pastoral care or preaching, or even study some Hebrew or Greek.

The DipTh is a good jumping-off point if you’re not yet sure what the future holds for you. It will give you a well-rounded biblical base so you can start testing out which areas of theology interest you most and where God might be wanting to put your skills to work.

To study the Bachelor of Ministry at BST you will need to have:

  • Completed Year 12 with an ATAR of 65 or above or a minimum OP of 16; or
  • Successful Diploma qualification or above; or
  • Demonstrate academic suitability through an interview and if required, an entrance test

Language Requirements

If English is not your first language, you need to have taken the IELTS test and achieved a 6.5 overall with minimum of 6.5 in each subtest or have 10 years English in-country experience. 

Overseas Students

This course is registered on CRICOS and is available to overseas students. For additional information for overseas students go to Overseas Students page.

8 units | 96 credit points | 1 yr FT, up to 5.5 yrs PT | On-campus

Diploma of Theology Course Structure:

units from Biblical Introduction

unit from Christian Thought

2 units from either Exegesis, Languages, Biblical Introduction or Christian Thought.

3 elective units

Below are the units you can choose from each category.

Biblical Introduction

Old Testament introduction
Old Testament Foundations – OT001-512
Old Testament Prophets and Writings – OT002-512

New Testament introduction
Jesus and the Gospels – NT001-512
Early New Testament Church – NT002-512

Christian Thought

Christianity in History to 1550 – CH001-512
Christianity in History from 1550 to Modern Times – CH002-512

The Knowledge of God – TH001-712
Creation and the Fall, the Person and Work of Christ– TH102-712
The Doctrines of Grace and Eschatology – TH003-712
The Church and its Ministry– TH104-712


Old Testament exegesis 
Pentateuch –  OT008-712/OT009-712 (Hebrew exegesis available) 
Former Prophets: 1 & 2 Samuel – OT010-712/OT011-712 (Hebrew exegesis available) 
Exilic Prophecy (Isaiah 40-55) OT014-712
The Psalms OT020-712

New Testament exegesis (in English or Greek)
The Synoptic Gospels: Luke – NT008-712/NT009-712
John’s Gospel – NT016-712/NT017-712
The Pastoral Epistles – NT014-712/NT015-712
Pauline Theology and Romans – NT018-712/NT019-712
Paul and Corinthian Christianity – NT010-712/NT011-712

    Ministry & Practice

    Evangelism and mission
    Mission Perspectives – EM001-512
    Principles of Evangelism –  EM024-512
    Ministry in a Culturally Diverse Context –  EM018-712
    Contextual Asian Ministry – EM031-712
    Cross-Cultural Field Education –  EM040-712

    Pastoral and church-focused ministry

    Pastoral Care – PC002-712
    Spiritual Formation for Professional Ministry – PC008-712
    Preaching I – PC047-712
    Congregational Field Education – PC092-712
    Practical Ministry Field Education – PC094-712


    Biblical Hebrew (A) – LA003-612
    Biblical Hebrew (B) – LA004-612
    New Testament Greek (A) –  LA005-612
    New Testament Greek (B) –  LA006-612

    Note: Biblical Introduction, Church History and Greek A & B are offered every year, while the other units run on a two-year cycle. Please refer to the college timetable to find out what is being offered each year.

    A full-time study load is 4 units per semester. You can be full-time and study 3 units per semester; it will just take you longer to finish the course. A part-time study load is 1 or 2 units per semester.

    BST Timetable, Calendar and Fees

    This course is FEE-HELP and Centrelink approved.

    What is FEE-HELP?
    FEE-HELP is a loan that helps eligible fee paying students pay their tuition fees.

    For eligibility and more information on FEE-HELP go to:

    The Advanced Diploma of Theology involves all the components of the regular Diploma, but you need a total of 144 credit points (12 units) to complete it – that means you get to choose four additional units and will probably be studying for one semester longer than if you just do the Diploma.

    Grace Wong
    Pastor (Australia and Hong Kong)

    “BST equipped me with a sound knowledge of the Bible, but the lecturers also helped me discover that knowledge alone is not enough. We need to take our knowledge out into the world to bring others to God with true humility and a servant heart. I grew so much in my own spiritual life and in my understanding of the Bible, and also learned how to help others grow into spiritual maturity. The Lord was really moulding me during my time at college and that has prepared me so well for my pastoral work now.”

    Robert Harvey
    Former missionary (various countries in South America)

    “At BST I was formed by the people of God and the word of God. What a privilege it was to get to know the people – staff and students, each with their unique gifts, abilities and idiosyncrasies, but each one a part of my life through the input they had into it. And what a privilege to study and be changed by the word – the strong emphasis on the authority of the Bible helped prepare me to preach it with conviction, affection and dedication; to apply it in defense of my faith when in confrontation; and to stand upon its unfailing promises in times of doubt and difficulty.”

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