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

Graduates are valued for their written and verbal communication proficiency, breadth of vision, capacity for abstract reasoning, historical and cultural sensitivity, and their ability to think critically and solve problems creatively. Employment opportunities exist in education, public service administration, religious ministry, community and welfare, media and publishing, and political advisory work.

Professional Accreditation:

The Anglican Diocese of Newcastle expects its ordinands to complete this degree as their formal educational qualification, concurrently with vocational ministry training.

For more information about Theology, visit the School of Humanities and Social Sciences site.

View our Bachelor of Theology in the Program Handbook and the online prospectus What Can I Study?.

Further Study Options

Some occupations require a higher level of completed study than an undergraduate degree, and for this reason it is worthwhile considering the range of Honours, Research Higher Degrees (RHD), Postgraduate Coursework programs and additional study options available. These options may also be useful for specialising in a particular area, or to stimulate career change. Some of the future options following a degree in Theology include:


Bachelor of Theology (Honours)

Post Graduate Study:


Master by research


As the global job sector can be competitive, it is of great advantage to complete a postgraduate qualification, particularly by independent research (such as Masters by Research, or PhD). See examples of current research topics in this area here.


After completing a degree there are a broad range of postgraduate options available in a variety of fields which can allow you to specialise in a particular area of interest or build upon your existing knowledge base. To explore such options please visit the Postgraduate Handbook at


Sample Jobs

Graduates of the Bachelor of Theology can find employment in a variety of roles in many different types of organisations. The list below provides typical job titles for graduates of the Bachelor of Theology.

Some of these jobs will depend upon the amount and level of study undertaken, level of experience, and the combination of other majors and electives studied, for example some may require further study.

Not everyone uses their degree in the same way and the transferable skills gained through university study may allow graduates to pursue a range of careers that might not be directly linked to their study. Below is a sample list of job titles that might be suitable for graduates with the skills gained the Bachelor of Theology.

Some of these jobs will depend upon the amount and level of study undertaken, level of experience, and the combination of other majors and electives studied, for example some may require further study.

Getting the Edge

Most employers seek to recruit people who have relevant work experience and an appreciation for their industry. Here is a check list of ideas about gaining experience and industry knowledge.

  1. Check the type of experience most employers in your field of interest expect. Don’t overlook the part time work you may be currently doing. Most employers understand that the skills are transferrable even if the work is not in their industry.
  2. Check your academic program for any courses that involve a placement or the opportunity to undertake an industry based project.
  3. Check your school for Summer Scholarships for research opportunities.
  4. Check vacancy sites for advertised traineeships, part time employment and vacation work opportunities in your field.
  5. Source and approach organisations directly about possible work shadowing or information interview opportunities.
  6. Source and approach organisations directly for paid work opportunities.
  7. Consider volunteering.

Note: Gaining experience may be important but not at the expense of your studies. Make sure you do not overload your timetable with unrealistic work commitments.


Sample Employers

Opportunities for graduates of the Bachelor of Theology exist in a wide range of areas within small, medium, and large organisations including both religious and non-religious based institutions. Below are some examples of organisations who recruit Bachelor of Theology graduates.

Recruitment Timing

Some large organisations have specific graduate recruitment programs designed to employ the pick of graduates each year. You must be in your final year of study or recently completed to apply for these programs. The timing of these recruitment drives varies and may occur at any point in the academic year, in some cases starting as early as the first few weeks of the first semester or trimester.

Find out if employers in your area/s of interest have graduate programs, when they typically recruit and what recruitment methods they use. Check with the Careers Service .

Societies and Associations

Associations and societies often provide relevant and up to date information about a variety of issues relating to specific industry sectors. These can be a good starting point to learn more about occupations through profiles, industry news, links to academic journals and information on research developments. Many also offer student membership, conference and professional development activities, newsletters and the opportunity to participate in projects.

Don’t overlook student societies and associations. As well as student chapters of professional associations, some faculties or schools have discipline based student associations. Check your school or faculty web site; perhaps you might start one if one doesn’t exist.

Some academic disciplines run Seminar Programs that involve regular seminars presented by University of Newcastle academics, visiting academics and postgraduate students. Check your schools website for the timetable.

Job Search Sites

Searching job sites is a good way to gain an understanding of: industries recruiting professionals in this field; types of roles and the requirements or expectations of employers for these roles. There are many online job search sites, here are a few to start with:

Australian and International

  • CareerHub: the University of Newcastle Careers Service careers and job search site for enrolled students and graduates.


  • CareerOne: Australia wide job listings, all levels and industries including executive positions
  • MyCareer: Australian and international listings
  • Seek: comprehensive Australian job listings, also includes New Zealand and UK listings
  • The Big Chair: Management and Executive Jobs


Graduate Attributes and Employability

Graduate attributes for the Bachelor of Theology are the skills, abilities and knowledge sets that are highly sought after in the industry. Below is the complete list of attributes that graduates will have demonstrated upon the completion of the degree.

Graduate Attributes

  • Professional knowledge and theological insights
  • Interdisciplinary integration & interfaith perspectives
  • Global insights & shows intercultural awareness
  • Responding to social justice and building community relationships
  • Communicating with integrity in different communities and contexts
  • Personal professional growth and utilisation of talents for others benefit
  • Working and learning productively in autonomous and collaborative tasks and contexts
  • Utilising information technology appropriately and effectively in course tasks, research and communication
  • Ethical & social awareness for professional practice
  • Critical thinking, problem solving & decision-making