Diploma in Theology [DipTheol]

CRICOS code: 075250F (Accredited through UD)


The Diploma in Theology introduces students to the key theological disciplines of Biblical Studies and Christian Thought and History. This may be extended by further study in those disciplines or by electives in the area of practical ministry studies. It may be possible for students to undertake study in a ministry setting as part of the course.

Course outcomes

Graduates of the Diploma in Theology

  • have sound foundational skills for critical study of Christian texts
  • have skills to articulate foundational theological and scriptural knowledge and reflection
  • have developed clear analytical skills allowing them to analyse and communicate sound theological arguments
  • apply their skills and knowledge to their own and other contexts and traditions
  • apply their skills and knowledge to the service of others through practical engagement and in contexts such as conversation.

Follow on study

Graduates may proceed to Advanced Diploma or Bachelor studies. Find out more at Diploma in Theology or contact the ALC course advisor.

Course structure

The Diploma in Theology consists of 144 points of study, comprising:

  • 36 points of study in Biblical Studies (Field B)
  • 36 points of study in Christian Thought and History (Field C)
  • a further 72 points of study.

Entry requirements

  • Successful completion of Year 12 in an Australian secondary school, or equivalent.
  • Probationary admission is available to approved persons aged 21 or greater who have not completed Year 12.

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

For published information specific to this course, including the associated regulation, go to the Diploma in Theology.

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

Completion of admission includes a conversation with a course advisor.


  • 1 year full-time
  • Not more than 4 years part-time

Study modes

  • ALC offers units in a variety of study modes (also referred to as delivery modes)
  • Please check the study mode of the unit prior to enrolment.

Please see ALC study modes. For off campus study options see Off campus study.

Course updated: 15/03/2019 2:43pm