Graduate Diploma in Theological Studies

  • Qualification:

    Graduate Diploma

  • Study mode:

    On Campus

  • Payment options:

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  • Duration:

    1 year full-time or part-time equivalent

  • Start date:

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  • Awarded by:

    Australian Catholic University

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  • Career Outcomes:

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Course Rundown

Build advanced knowledge of Christian theology and start a meaningful spiritual and academic journey with this Graduate Diploma in Theological Studies course from Australian Catholic University. 

Designed for students with no academic background in theological study, this course offers a foundation in Christian theology, and allows theology graduates to further specialise their knowledge. If you hold a Graduate Certificate in Theological Studies, you will receive advanced standing for this graduate diploma course.

With online learning and part-time study options, and a broad range of elective units, this course offers flexibility to ensure your learning best suits your lifestyle. You’ll have the opportunity to study Biblical languages, liturgy, philosophy, ethics, and mission, and develop skills in interpreting biblical texts and applying teachings to a modern context. You’ll interpret texts with insights drawn from historical, cultural, literary, philosophical and theological analyses, and develop a deeper understanding of the sources, development and implications of Christian beliefs. 

This qualification acts as a pathway to the Master of Theological Studies, and sets students up for a rich and meaningful future in theological research, study or practice. 



To be eligible to study this course, applicants must meet the following entry requirements:

  • Hold a bachelor’s degree in any discipline.

What You’ll Learn

In this theology course, the subjects you may study include:

Core subjects:

  • Biblical studies
  • Foundations of Christian faith

Theology specialisation subjects:

Ancient languages:

  • Biblical Hebrew A
  • Biblical Hebrew B
  • Latin A
  • Latin B
  • Medieval Latin
  • New Testament Greek A
  • New Testament Greek B


  • Celebrating feasts and seasons
  • Foundations in Liturgy
  • Liturgical music
  • Sacraments of initiation

The Biblical world:

  • A synoptic gospel
  • Biblical studies
  • Jesus the Christ
  • The early Christian world
  • Biblical Hebrew A
  • Biblical Hebrew B
  • New Testament Greek A
  • New Testament Greek B

Elective subjects:

  • Ethics in a faith-based context
  • Introducing philosophy for theology
  • Effective ministry: Communication and processes in groups
  • Exploring parish culture
  • Canon law and the church’s liturgical life
  • Mission in context
  • Mission imperative: Engaging with Christian mission
  • Theology elective
  • Introducing religions of the world


Why study with Australian Catholic University?

Since opening their doors in January of 1991, the Australian Catholic University (ACU) has been educating students in a range of fields; from arts and humanities to health, education, leadership, social work, theology and more.

When you sign up to a course at ACU, you’re not just another number, they see each student as a whole, offering you an educational experience that’ll empower you and prepare you for success.

Student Support

Whether you choose to study online or at one of ACU’s many upbeat campuses, you’re sure to receive the support you need to succeed and thrive with your studies.

Students of ACU can access their Academic Skills Unit, which will help build your skills around exam prep, offer study tips, writing tips and more. Access online resources, participate in workshops, ask questions via their ‘Ask an Adviser’ online services, book a consult, or simply drop-in.

Their team of staff and researchers are all about offering students an education with greater purpose – empowering students to achieve goals and accomplish something great!

Campus locations

This course can be delivered on campus to provide you with practical training in a face-to-face learning environment. It is available to study at the following locations:

You can also choose to study this course online with some on-campus components (blended learning).

Where Will It Lead Me?

Upon successful completion of this course, you will receive a Graduate Diploma in Theological Studies from Australian Catholic University.

This course offers graduates the opportunity to easily undertake higher level study. This qualification acts as a pathway to the Master of Theological Studies, and sets students up for a rich and meaningful future in theological research, study or practice. 

This course will also help you develop valued skills in research and interpretation, giving you greater insight into the historical, cultural and philosophical context of theology.



Curious about where a career in teaching could take you? Potential job outcomes may include:

How Much Will It Cost?

Finance options

Australian Catholic University offers flexible payment methods for students. You may choose to pay course fees upfront, on a payment plan, or through a FEE-HELP loan for eligible candidates. 

FEE-HELPYou may be eligible to receive FEE-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the FEE-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, you may not need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees directly to the provider on your behalf. You'll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $55,874 (2017-18 income year).

Find out more about government study loans here.