Study a Bachelor of Theology with Honours at the University of Newcastle and deepen your understanding of religion today..

Bachelor of Theology (Honours)

Why study with us?

Study a Theology degree with Honours at the University of Newcastle and expand your theological perspectives through an intensive research and teaching program. 

If you perform well during the Bachelor of Theology or a cognate discipline like a Bachelor of Arts (Philosophy and Religion major), you may apply to undertake a further year of full-time (or equivalent part-time) study to obtain an Honours degree.

Theology (Honours) allows you to further develop your study of theology and religion. Our academic team will guide you in developing research in an area of interest and your Honours study will culminate with a 15,000 word thesis on your chosen specialisation.

The Honours degree is also an excellent foundation for postgraduate study, including the Master of Philosophy and Doctor of Philosophy research degrees.

Only a small number of universities in Australia offer Theology as a degree in its own right. This places the University of Newcastle in an important position to be able to facilitate religious and inter-religious dialogue in a sophisticated and informed way.

Recent staff appointments demonstrate the University's commitment to delivering the highest quality of teaching and research in religion and theology and the discipline has developed one of the strongest library collections at the University. Excellence in Research Australia recently ranked the University of Newcastle to have a 'world standard' profile in religion and theology; further confirming the international calibre of our theology degree

Graduates of the Bachelor of Theology (Honours) are valued in the workforce for their communication skills, their breadth of perspective, their capacity for logical reasoning, and their historical and cultural sensitivity. Graduates find employment in a range of sectors including:

  • community and welfare
  • media and publishing
  • political advisory work
  • public service administration
  • religious ministry
  • teaching and education

For more detailed information about the Bachelor of Theology (Honours) program, please refer to the handbook.


You usually apply for Honours in the final year of your undergraduate degree. To be accepted for entry you must have successfully completed a Bachelor of Theology or equivalent with a credit grade point average (GPA).

Contact Dr Tim Stanley in the Faculty of Education and Arts on +61 2 4921 7927.

Find out more about Honours scholarships.