Bachelor of Theology
School of Philosophy & Theology, Sydney Campus
Theology holds a central place in the life and mission of any Catholic university. Our Bachelor of Theology is designed to help you to develop the skills necessary to examine Scripture and the traditions of the Catholic Church – thus deepening your own faith and your ability to work more effectively in the Christian community. Those who have a knowledge of theology, and can also articulate those concepts clearly, can make significant contributions to society.
Why study this degree?
Do you wish to deepen your understanding of the Catholic Faith? Or maybe you wish to engage with and contribute to serious theological reflection? Perhaps you have vocational or ministerial goals? If so, you might be an ideal candidate for this degree at the School of Philosophy & Theology.
The Bachelor of Theology is a three-year degree designed to provide students with a grounding in Biblical and Theological Studies and associated disciplines. The program covers Church History, Moral Theology, Biblical Studies, Doctrinal or Systematic Theology and Sacramental Theology and Liturgy. You will learn more about your faith, and how to examine it with academic expertise that emphasises the importance of communicating reasoned beliefs to others.
Within the Catholic Intellectual Tradition, theology relies upon philosophy, and philosophy reaches out to what theology has to offer. As a theology student, you will learn to think well, by creatively entering into the dynamic relationship between these disciplines. With this degree, you will be ideally prepared for Catholic ministry, and other opportunities in religious education, academic teaching, youth work, and pastoral care. You will have the skills and imagination to approach contemporary problems in a variety of different ways.
Core Curriculum – The Logos Program
- Logos I
- Logos II
- Logos III
- Faith and Culture: Fundamental Theology
- Introduction to the Old Testament
- History of Philosophy: Ancient
- Introduction to the New Testament
- Philosophy of the Human Person
- History of Philosophy: Medieval
- Metaphysics – Theories of Being and Existence
- The Prophets: Critics of the Status Quo
- Sacraments of Initiation
- Synoptic Gospels: Mark and Matthew
- The Johannine Literature
- Eucharist I
- Irish and Churches in Australia
- Introduction to Christian Spirituality
- Marriage and Sexuality
- Fundamental Moral Theology
- Two Philosophy Electives
Full details of the program requirements are contained in the Program Regulations.
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.
You will learn from academics who are industry leaders and, through our practicum placements and
internship programs, you will gain real professional experience and make valuable contacts with
Academic requirements for this program are outlined below. In addition, to be eligible for admission, all applicants need to satisfy minimum requirements outlined at admission requirements. These include those relating to age and English Language Proficiency. We also consider your application more broadly – your non-academic achievements (such as any previous leadership roles, volunteering, work, church and/or community involvement) as well as personal qualities - your aspirations and interests and your capacity to complete your chosen program.
Applicants with recent Secondary Education:
- HSC Performance Band Results with a Band 4 in English, a minimum average of Bands 4s and an overall minimum average HSC mark of 70% in HSC Category A Courses (or Interstate equivalent). Applicants must be eligible for an ATAR or OP; or
- Minimum International Baccalaureate (IB) score of 24.
Applicants with Higher Education Study
- Other University Studies completed at undergraduate level or higher. A minimum number of 4 successfully completed subjects
- Successful completion of the Notre Dame Tertiary Pathway Program or of another Enabling Program at a level deemed sufficient by the University.
Applicants who have successfully completed subjects at another University, which are relevant to the selected program of study, may be eligible for Advanced Standing.
Applicants with Vocational Education and Training (VET) study
- Completed AQF Certificate IV or higher in a relevant discipline, from an accredited provider such as TAFE or a Registered Training Organisation (RTO).
Applicants with Work and Life Experience
Applicants with relevant work and life experience who left secondary education more than two years ago and have not undertaken VET or higher education study since then may seek admission on the basis of:
- Their experience. ‘Experience’ could include a combination of factors sufficient to demonstrate readiness for higher education such as Mature Age entry, relevant professional experience, community involvement or work experience. Applicants may have undertaken non-formal programs that have helped prepare them for tertiary education or are relevant to the proposed higher education field of study. Evidence must be provided as to the type and duration or employment (minimum of two years) in a relevant industry. The Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) may be required.
- STAT – Scores of 150 in the Multiple Choice and Written English sections are required.
- Higher School Certificate (HSC) (or equivalent) results if these have been completed within the last 5 years.
Fees and costs
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. Please note, from 1 January 2019, students studying an undergraduate program at the University of Notre Dame will no longer be charged the 25% FEE-HELP loan fee.
For further information, or for indicative fees for domestic or international students, please visit our Fees page.
The following careers are open to graduates of this program:
- Academic teaching
- Church Ministry
- Parish Adult Faith Programs
- Catholic and Christian schools
- Religious education coordination
- Church agencies
- Youth work
- Community and local politics
Student profile data
Table 2 below gives an indication of the likely peer cohort for new students in this Program. It provides data on all students who commenced in this Program in the most relevant recent intake period, including those admitted through all offer rounds and international students studying in Australia.
TABLE 2a – Bachelor of Theology BASIS OF ADMISSION IN SEMESTER 1, 2019 INTAKE
Semester 1 2019
Number of students
Percentage of all students
(A) Higher education study
(includes a bridging or enabling course)
<5 <5 (B) Vocational education and training (VET) study <5 <5 (C) Work and life experience
(Admitted on the basis of previous achievement not in the other three categories)
<5 <5 (D) Recent secondary education:
- Admitted solely on the basis of ATAR
(regardless of whether this includes the consideration of adjustment factors such as equity or subject bonus points)
- where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered (e.g. portfolio, audition, interview, extra test, early offer conditional on minimum ATAR)
- on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor (e.g. special consideration, audition alone, interview, school marks & recommendation with no minimum ATAR requirement)
<5 <5 International students 0 0% All students 9 100.0%
TABLE 2b – Bachelor of Theology ATAR PROFILE DATA FOR APPLICANTS ENTERING ON THE BASIS OF RECENT SECONDARY EDUCATION IN SEMESTER 1, 2019 INTAKE
RECENT SECONDARY EDUCATION - ATAR-based offers ATAR
(Excluding adjustment factors) *
(ATAR plus any adjustment factors) *[only if relevant]
Highest rank to receive an offer <5 N/A Median rank to receive an offer <5 N/A
Lowest rank to receive an offer
“<5” – the number of students is less than 5
N/A – Students not accepted in this category
N/P – Not published: the number is hidden to prevent calculation of numbers in cells with less than 5 students
- Admitted solely on the basis of ATAR