Bachelor of Theology (Honours)

Australian Catholic University (ACU)

The Bachelor of Theology (Honours) is a one-year programme for high-achieving students who have completed the Bachelor of Theology pass degree or equivalent. Undertake a focused research project framed by one-on-one supervision with one of our internationally-recognised academic staff, and engage in an in-depth study of an area of theology or biblical studies in which you are particularly interested. As part of the honours degree, you will establish a strong foundation for higher degree research by learning more about research methods and strategies used in theology; explore in depth either a classical theological text or a substantial contemporary work; examine a key theological theme (creation, revelation, salvation, liberation) and/or specific moral or ethical question (global poverty, work, care for the environment, the family, forgiveness); write a thesis that adds to the knowledge base of the discipline. Aside from expanding your knowledge, a theology honours degree will give you an edge in an increasingly competitive job market. You will enhance your capacity across high-level research, as well as your writing and problem solving skills - highly transferable skills that employers have identified as the necessary skill-sets for sustaining a long, distinguished and personally rewarding career.

Course Fee:

International: $22,048

Entry Requirements:

An applicant must also comply with the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy. To be eligible to apply for admission to the honours degree course, a student must have completed the Bachelor of Theology pass degree or equivalent, normally within the last five years, with at least a credit average, including a major comprising at least 8 units in the discipline of the Honours degree; at least a credit average in the entire Bachelor of Theology degree including at least 4 of the units in the major sequence of the discipline of the Honours degree; and satisfied prescribed prerequisites of the selected Honours degree.


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Study Pathways:

A one-year Honours course is available for high-achieving students who have completed the Bachelor of Theology Pass degree or equivalent. The course aims to build on existing knowledge and skills gained in past studies.


Graduates in theology can pursue a range of opportunities in such vocational fields as teaching, or work in church agencies and ministries, chaplaincy, community building, or undertake pastoral work. Alternatively, you may wish to pursue a career in an area that utilises the skills acquired through your theology degree, such as journalism, media, administration, or public relations. If you are interested in undertaking further higher-degree research, an honours degree will provide you with a strong foundation to pursue this path.

Accepts International Students:


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Campus ATAR/OP Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Ballarat (Aquinas) No info No Full time 1 year
Ballarat (Aquinas) No info No Part time 1 year
Canberra (Signadou) No info No Full time 1 year
Canberra (Signadou) No info No Part time 1 year
Melbourne (St Patrick's) No info No Full time 1 year
Melbourne (St Patrick's) No info No Part time 1 year
North Sydney (MacKillop) No info No Full time 1 year
North Sydney (MacKillop) No info No Part time 1 year
Brisbane (McAuley at Banyo) No info No Full time 1 year
Brisbane (McAuley at Banyo) No info No Part time 1 year

The world is our campus

We’re a publicly-funded university which has grown rapidly over the past few years. The world is our campus, and we put our students and staff at the centre of a vibrant global network of scholars, partnerships and opportunities. ACU has seven campuses around Australia – in Brisbane, North Sydney, Strathfield, Canberra, Ballarat, Melbourne and Adelaide – and we’ve recently opened a campus in Rome, Italy. With us, you’ll have the chance to study overseas with one of more than 200 partner institutions around the world.

Engaged with industry and society

We’re closely integrated into our communities and industries, working with them to answer the big questions, and to create tangible results. From hospitals, to schools and any number of far-flung places, our students and staff have always rolled up their sleeves to be fully engaged in the real world. 

All our students enjoy extensive opportunities for practical placements, and community engagement is a core part of their university experience. You could find yourself teaching children in Vanuatu, assisting in a community organisation in Cambodia, working with a welfare agency in Florence, or helping to develop youth soccer teams in East Timor. When they graduate, our students are ready to work, and the employment rate of our bachelor degree graduates is consistently higher than the national average.*

We see the whole person

You are welcome at ACU irrespective of your socio-cultural background, religious beliefs or aspirations. We’re inclusive and supportive of everyone, every day. With us, you’ll be valued and encouraged to thrive to the full extent of your potential. From academic skills to career and counselling services, we have a range of support services to help you succeed. We also offer nearly 400 scholarships, which

recognise academic achievement, community participation, and help out students from a range of backgrounds. 

Education with a bigger purpose

ACU offers programs in allied health, arts, business and commerce, education and teaching, exercise science, health, law, nursing and midwifery, paramedicine, philosophy, psychology and counselling, science, social work, and theology.

Along with significant student growth in recent years, we’ve begun to compete more intensely through our research output. ACU research programs tackle enduring and pressing issues in society, in Australia, and around the world.

At ACU, it’s education, but with a bigger purpose.

*Beyond Graduate Survey 2015, 2014 and 2013, conducted by Graduate Careers Australia as part of the Australian Graduate Survey.

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