Study the Bachelor of Theology at the University of Newcastle and explore the way that faith and religion impact our world.

Note: This program is no longer available to new students, the information below is relevant to currently enrolled, continuing students only.

Bachelor of Theology

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21st Aug 2017 5:52pm

Program Code


AQF Level

Level 7 Bachelor Degree

Mode of Delivery

  • Combination of Online and Face to Face
  • Face to Face
  • Online


Domestic - 3 years full time or part time equivalent.

Term Type


Relevant University rules and policies


This program is only available to continuing students. Students wishing to study religion should refer to the Bachelor of Arts - Philosophy and Religion Major:

A theology program offers an opportunity to deepen your understanding of religious traditions and the impact that they have had, and continue to have, on the world in which we live today. The program focuses on the development of theological beliefs and practices across different religions, with special emphasis on Christianity and western civilisation. Theology is a liberal arts program and is open to all, irrespective of beliefs or religious or non-religious background. It provides a vital space for critical dialogue in today's multi-religious societies.

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Credit Transfer

If you wish to apply for credit for studies completed at another institution, or if you are changing programs within the University and wish to transfer your credit to the new program, visit the University's credit website and click on 'How to Apply for Credit'.

Academic Requirements for Program Completion

Total Units required

240 units

Program Duration

3 years full time or part time equivalent up to 8 years maximum.

Program Requirements

The program is completed over three years of full-time study (or equivalent part-time) and requires students to successfully complete courses totalling 240 units comprising: 100 units of Core courses, 90 units of Directed courses, and 50 units of Electives.

Students must complete a minimum of 40 units at each level (1000, 2000, 3000) with no more than 100 units at the 1000 level.

Students must only complete courses that form part of the program.

Choice is one of the great benefits of studying theology in the university. A wide range of courses is on offer in theology and topics include: world religions, contemplative practice, scrolls and scriptures, religion in film, and courses on modern and comparative theology. Liberal arts courses in philosophy, history, classics and social sciences are also popular electives, which can be found in the 'Further Information Section'.

Transition Arrangements

As programs are regularly reviewed and updated some students may experience changes to their program of study during the course of their enrolment, which may require transition arrangements.  Students already enrolled in the program will have the option to complete the award. Students who have successfully completed courses that have been removed from the program will still be able to count them towards their award. Any student who has completed a course that has directly been replaced by a newly coded course will not be eligible to undertake the new course. Students should consult with the Program Convenor or Student Hub for further information regarding transition arrangements.

Program Structure

Students are advised to read their program handbook information in conjunction with the program plans for course sequence/enrolment advice. Please refer to the Program Plan for the year that you commenced, or transitioned into, this program - Program Plans are available at the top of this page.

Core Courses

Complete the following core courses to fulfil the requirements of this program

RELT1010Introduction to the Study of ReligionNot currently offered10 units
RELT1020World Religions
  • Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan Online)
10 units
RELT1030Introduction to Scrolls and ScripturesNot currently offered10 units
RELT2010The Many Faces of JesusNot currently offered10 units
RELT2020Children of Abraham: Judaism, Christianity and IslamNot currently offered10 units
RELT2030Reading Scrolls and Scriptures: MethodologiesNot currently offered10 units
RELT3010Modern Religious Thought
  • Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan Online)
10 units
RELT3020Religion in the Secular WorldNot currently offered10 units
RELT3030Scrolls and Scriptures: Uses and AbusesNot currently offered10 units
RELT3040Theology Work Integrated LearningNot currently offered10 units

Directed Courses

Choose 30 units from the following directed courses

ABOR1110Introduction to Aboriginal Studies
  • Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2017 (Central Coast)
  • Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan Online)
  • Semester 2 - 2017 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2017 (Central Coast)
  • Semester 2 - 2017 (Callaghan Online)
10 units
HUMA1010The World's Great Thinkers, I
  • Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan Online)
10 units
RELT1011Christianity: History of a Global ReligionNot currently offered10 units
RELT1012Heresy and the Formation of the ChurchesNot currently offered10 units
RELT1021Religion in FilmNot currently offered10 units
RELT1022Buddhist and Other Contemplative PracticesNot currently offered10 units
RELT1023Service Care in Religious OrganisationsNot currently offered10 units
RELT1031Biblical Hebrew Language Studies INot currently offered10 units
RELT1032New Testament Greek Language Studies INot currently offered10 units
SOCA1030Introduction to the Sociology of ReligionNot currently offered10 units

Directed Courses

Choose 30 units from the following directed courses

HUMA2010The World's Great Thinkers, II
  • Semester 2 - 2017 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2017 (Callaghan Online)
10 units
PHIL2030Philosophy of ReligionNot currently offered10 units
RELT2011AtheismNot currently offered10 units
RELT2012Church, State and Civil SocietyNot currently offered10 units
RELT2013Spirituality, Religion and Visual CultureNot currently offered10 units
RELT2014Sacramental TheologyNot currently offered10 units
RELT2015History of the Christian Churches in AustraliaNot currently offered10 units
RELT2021Directed Studies in Religion and TheologyNot currently offered10 units
RELT2022Religious EthicsNot currently offered10 units
RELT2023Interreligious DialogueNot currently offered10 units
RELT2024Psychology of ReligionNot currently offered10 units
RELT2025Islam: History, Theology and CultureNot currently offered10 units
RELT2031Biblical Hebrew Language Studies IINot currently offered10 units
RELT2032New Testament Greek Language Studies IINot currently offered10 units
RELT2033Hebrew BibleNot currently offered10 units
RELT2034New TestamentNot currently offered10 units

Directed Courses

Choose 30 units from the following directed courses, or additional courses from the 2000 level directed course list.

HIST3191The Christian World, 1400-1650Not currently offered20 units
HUMA3010Debating the Big Ideas
  • Semester 2 - 2017 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2017 (Callaghan Online)
20 units
RELT3011Directed Studies in TheologyNot currently offered10 units
RELT3012Apocalypse Now: Theology at the End of the WorldNot currently offered10 units
RELT3021Directed Studies in Religion and Civil SocietyNot currently offered10 units
RELT3022Jewish Thought after the HolocaustNot currently offered10 units
RELT3024Religious LawNot currently offered10 units
RELT3031Directed Studies of ScripturesNot currently offered10 units
RELT3032The New Testament in the Greco Roman WorldNot currently offered10 units
SOCA3902Religion and Politics in Contemporary Society
  • Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2017 (Central Coast)
10 units


Complete 50 units of electives to fulfil the requirements of the program. Electives can be used to extend and complement your core studies with more courses in the same field of study, or from areas that might be of interest to you. Electives can be chosen from all courses available at the University that do not have any other conditions (such as a course requisite) applied to them.

50 units


Students who perform well during the Bachelor of Theology degree with a credit average (GPA of 5.0) or greater, may undertake a further year of full-time (or equivalent part-time) study to obtain an Honours degree. The Bachelor of Theology (Honours) degree allows students to further develop their specific areas of interest and prepare for MPhil or PhD research. Please follow this link for further details on the program:

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate theological literacy and broad coherent understanding of religion through critical thinking in order to undertake professional work and further learning.
  • Evaluate and employ one or more disciplinary methodological approaches in order to analyse and synthesise a broad range of diverse theological and religious perspectives.
  • Utilise information technology appropriately and effectively in order to communicate in a clear coherent manner with ethical integrity in different communities and contexts.
  • Work collaboratively, responsibly and accountably in order to utilise talents for the benefit of others.
  • Independently initiate and plan research projects and adapt theological knowledge to solve and respond to problems.

Additional Information

All students can access additional learning development mechanisms provided by the Centre for Teaching and Learning.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students can draw on the assistance and support provided by the Indigenous Student Support and Development service through The Wollotuka Institute.

Courses can be taken on campus at Callaghan and are also offered online. Students can take the entire degree online if they wish, or a blend of both online and face to face offerings. For online students, sufficient broadband is a requirement, as is a computing device that has the capacity for recording audio and video for some course assessment items.

Students who would like to exit the degree after one year of study may do so with a Diploma in Theology (Exit Only). Please visit the program handbook for further information on this option:

International Students

All International Students enrolled in the program will be provided with an orientation to familiarise them with the rules, expectations, facilities and services offered by the University. Please visit our International Students website to find out more about the support services available to international students.

Special Needs

AccessAbility provides advice and reasonable adjustments to Students with a medical or health condition or disability. If you require adjustments to undertake your program,  contact the Student Support Advisors - AccessAbility  before semester or early in the semester. They will work with the Faculty or School to ensure that this happens in a timely manner.

Please note: All students must fulfil the inherent requirements of the programs and courses they are undertaking. While reasonable adjustments can be made, these adjustments cannot compromise academic integrity. It is the student's responsibility to check all the requirements of courses, and consider the effects of any medical condition or disability on their ability to complete course requirements. More information is available online

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