Graduate Diploma of Divinity

Introduces graduate students to the sources and content of the Christian story and message at an advanced level, and provides training which combines articulation of this story and message with their application and practice in the contemporary world.


  • Ability to interpret and critically evaluate the biblical deposit, especially those books which have played a crucial role in the development of the Christian tradition, with a comprehensive knowledge of their original context and their major themes and ideas,
  • Comprehensive and critical understanding of and ability to exegete biblical texts in their original language(s),
  • Comprehensive and critical understanding of the major theological tenets of the Christian faith which underpin any coherent theological world view and philosophy of ministry,
  • Skills in at least one area of pastoral ministry,
  • Comprehensive and critical understanding of the historical conditions under which theological worldviews have developed and are being shaped today,
  • Openness to the tradition of published scholarship and the diversity of viewpoints which characterise that scholarship in the various fields of the discipline of theology as essential to understanding and respecting the discipline and as an integral part of the preparation for communicating the Christian tradition and contributing to the on-going enterprise of the community of scholars in the articulation and actualisation of the Christian faith.


  • Honours will be determined from the Honours course alone, and will not include the GPA of units taken in the prior undergraduate degree.
  • Candidates may take no more than three years after the completion of their initial undergraduate degree in theology or ministry to complete the Bachelor Honours course.
  • The criterion for determining honours grades is available on the ACT website – document repository.
  • All exegesis units in the Honours program must be in the original language if the candidate’s designated field of research is in OT or NT.

Primary Course Discipline

24cps from the following units

  • OT001-712 Old Testament Foundations
  • OT002-712 Old Testament Prophets and Writings
  • NT001-712 Jesus and the Gospels
  • NT002-712 The Early New Testament Church

12cps from CH / TH / PE units

  • CH001-712 Christianity in History to 1550
  • CH002-712 Christianity in History from 1550
  • PE010-712 Christian Worldview
  • PE004-712 Christian Ethics
  • TH101-812 The Knowledge and Doctrine of God
  • TH102-812 Creation and the fall, the Person and Work of Christ
  • TH003-812 The Doctrines of Grace and Eschatology
  • TH004-812 Church, Sacraments and Ministry


60cps elective units from any field

  • PE010-712 Christian Worldview
  • PE004-712 Christian Ethics
  • PC064-712 Christian Spirituality
  • PC114-706 Christian Leadership (6cps)
  • PC113-706 Christian Disciple-Making (6cps)
  • PC109-706 Engaging in Word Based Ministries (6cps)
  • PC003-812 Pastoral Skills and Methods
  • EM059-712 Mission Leadership Foundations
  • EM024-712 Principles of Evangelism
  • EM202-712 Evangelism & Missiology in Context (Thailand Mission Trip)
  • EM064-706 Ministry Foundations (6cps)
  • DM010-712 Youth Ministry
  • LA005-612 New Testament Greek A*
  • LA006-612 New Testament Greek B*
  • PC071-812 Missional Leadership in the 21st Century
  • EM023-812 Missional Spirituality
  • EM044-812 Missional Hermeneutics
  • EM045-812 Cultural Exegesis

Nb, at least 36cps at Level 8 or above

* Languages are exempt from level requirements


Academic Qualifications

  • Completed 3-year bachelor degree or equivalent

Language Qualifications for NESB

  • IELTS 7.0 overall with a minimum of 7.0 in reading and writing, and 6.5 in listening and speaking OR 10 years in Australia with English being the language primarily spoken both at home and work

This is a course of the Australian College of Theology.