Doctor of Philosophy / Doctor of Theology

Post GRADUATE (Research)

Course Description

The Doctor of Philosophy degree (PhD) allows candidates whose academic background is in fields other than theology to pursue interdisciplinary study in Christian theology.

A PhD equips men and women as researchers in a broad range of fields of study related to the humanities and social sciences.

The Doctor of Theology degree (ThD) is BST’s premier theological qualification.

A ThD equips men and women as researchers in the theological sub-disciplines and provides the requisite qualification for a career in research or tertiary education.

To begin working towards the Doctor of Philosophy through BST you need to have a Master of Theology or an equivalent postgraduate theological qualification.

Academic Qualifications:

  1. MTh, OR
  2. BTh/BMin Hons, with at least 2A in dissertation, OR
  3. BTh or BMin with MA(Th/Min) 144 cps with RTP and an overall GPA≥3.0 and ≥Distinction in **796, OR
  4. BTh or BMin with GradDipTh/Min 108 cps with RTP and an overall GPA≥3.0 and ≥Distinction in **796, OR
  5. MDiv with MA(Th/Min) 96 cps with RTP and an overall GPA≥3.0 and ≥Distinction in **795 in FoR, OR
  6. MDiv with GPA≥2.0 and **795 in FoR with GradCertDiv 54 cps with RTP and ≥Distinction in **796, OR
  7. MDiv with GPA≥3.0 and ≥Distinction in **795 in FoR and RM09*, OR
  8. MA(ChrStuds) with GradCertDiv 54 cps with RTP and ≥Distinction in **796, OR
  9. MA(ChrStuds) with ≥Distinction in IN792 in FoR and RM09*

RTP = Research Training Pathway

FoR = Field of Research

If you are from a non-English speaking background the language requirements are: IELTS min 7.5 overall with a min 7.5 in reading and writing, 7.0 in listening and 6.5 in speaking.

For more information go to: ACT Website – PhD

To gain a Doctor of Philosophy degree you will be expected to submit a substantial thesis of 80-100,000 words (excluding bibliography) that makes a distinct contribution to theological scholarship. One of our lecturers will serve as your supervisor and you’ll need to work closely with them over a number of years. You must complete the qualification no more than six years after you begin.

To apply for a PhD please email (info@bst.qld.edu.au) with the following:

  • ACT number (if applicable)
  • Transcripts from previous theological degrees
  • Proposed field of research and topic
  • Mode of study (Full-time or part-time)

$8,640 per semester for full-time (48 credit points)

BST Timetable, Calendar and Fees


This course is FEE-HELP approved.

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

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