Graduate Diploma of Theology

School of Philosophy & Theology, Sydney Campus

If you have completed a Bachelor’s degree in another discipline and want to learn more about theology, then this Graduate Diploma just might be for you. The Graduate Diploma of Theology is designed for those with no previous background in theological studies, who wish to develop their knowledge, are preparing for, or are involved in pastoral ministry, or simply want to grow in understanding and appreciation of their faith. In this program, you will learn about Scripture, Church History, Moral Theology and the Sacraments of the Church.

  • Why study this degree?

    At The University of Notre Dame Australia, we provide postgraduate degrees in an
    atmosphere that emphasises the importance of community. Committed to excellence, the
    pursuit of a shared fulfilling life, the pastoral care of students and staff, we offer a uniquely
    personal approach to learning and teaching.

    From its beginnings, Western philosophical thought has always emphasised the importance
    of the ‘examined life’ for valuing the whole person and promoting an ethical and informed
    way of living. Theology takes such investigation still further, by examining how God reveals himself to us,
    through Scripture and Tradition. In this degree, students are able to bring
    together faith and reason, to pursue a personally enriching program of study.

    When undertaking the Graduate Diploma of Theology, you will choose eight courses from
    the list published by our School of Philosophy & Theology. Catholic Theology has developed
    with the history of the Church, becoming a rich field for the critical study and interpretation
    of Revelation, particularly in significance for the world.

    Whether you are preparing for the Ministry or pastoral work, you will find that the Graduate
    Diploma of Theology appeals both to experienced students and those whose interest in
    knowing the faith more has been ignited. Explore this subject with experienced lecturers and
    likeminded peers, enriching all aspects of your life through the study of the Catholic faith.

  • Program summary

    Students enrolled in the Graduate Diploma of Theology are required to complete one (1) Core Curriculum course in ethics or theology at the 6000 level

    Plus Seven Theology Electives (to be chosen from)

    • Bioethics
    • Directed Individual Study
    • Discord and Dialogue: The History of The Ecumenical Movement
    • Eschatology: The Living Hope of Christians
    • Eucharist I
    • Foundations of Moral Theology
    • Friendship: The History and Experience of Christian Friendship
    • Fundamental Theology
    • Gospel of Luke and Acts of the Apostles
    • Human Affectivity in Theology and Christian Living
    • Introduction to the New Testament
    • Liturgy: Work of God and Work of God’s People
    • Marriage and Orders
    • Marriage and Sexuality
    • Ministry of Social Justice
    • Modern Church History
    • Mystery of Christ: Church and Sacrament
    • Pastoral Theology Foundations I
    • Pastoral Theology Foundations II
    • Pentateuch
    • Personal Growth and Integration
    • Psalms and Wisdom
    • Sacraments in Catholic Tradition
    • Scripture and Church
    • Scripture and Morality
    • Special Topics in Theology
    • Spirituality and the Challenges of Reconciliation
    • The Johannine Literature
    • The Patristic Tradition
    • The Prophets: Critics of the Status Quo
    • The Theology and Practice of the New Evangelisation
    • Theology of Leadership
    • Theology of Today for Adults of Tomorrow
    • Trinity

    Note: Electives selected must cover the five discipline areas of Scripture, Church History,
    Systematic Theology, Moral Theology and Pastoral Theology.

    Full details of the program requirements are contained in the Program Regulations.

  • Study Abroad

    You will have the opportunity to complete part of your degree at one of our partner
    institutions through our exchange program. Get in touch with the Study Abroad Office to find
    out more about studying in Asia, Europe and North America.

  • Real-world experience

    You will learn from academics who are industry leaders and you will gain real professional experience and make
    valuable contacts with potential employers.

  • Entry requirements

    A Bachelor's degree in any discipline.

  • Fees

    This Program has the following loan scheme(s) available for eligible students:

    The FEE-HELP loan scheme assists eligible fee-paying students with the payment of all, or part, of their tuition fees, not including additional study costs such as accommodation or textbooks. Your FEE-HELP debt will be indexed each year in line with the Consumer Price Index.

  • More information

    For more information on the Graduate Diploma of Theology, please call our Prospective
    Students Office on +61 2 8204 4404 or email

    All international enquiries should contact the International Students Office on

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