Study Options

The Difference Between Undergraduate and Postgraduate Study

Undergraduate study is suitable for students who have not studied at university or a tertiary college before, and usually leads to the award of a bachelor degree. At St Andrew’s, undergraduate study can lead to the Diploma of Christian Studies, the Associate Degree of Christian Thought and Practice, or to the Bachelor of Theology. If you are still in, or finishing, high school, then undergraduate study is for you.

Undergraduate study may have a minimum ATAR entry requirement. Certain high school subjects in the fields of ancient history, studies of religion, and classical and Modern Greek language may provide helpful preparation for theological studies, but are not compulsory for admission. A good command of the English language is essential.

Postgraduate degrees are intended for students wishing to expand on their undergraduate learning, undertake specialised research, gain an advantage in their career, or make a career or vocational change. You can even apply for postgraduate theological studies after completing a bachelor degree in a non-theological field of study at any recognised university. Theological study can form an important complement to teaching and social work qualifications obtainable from various universities, just to name two examples. Postgraduate coursework study leads to the awards of Graduate Diploma of Arts and Master of Arts. Thereafter you may pursue higher research towards a Doctorate (PhD or ThD).

Completion of a Bachelor of Theology degree may qualify you to progress to a Bachelor of Theology (Honours) or a Master of Theology. Thereafter you may pursue higher research towards a Doctorate (PhD or ThD).


 Course Name  Structure
Undergraduate
Diploma of Christian Studies

1 year full-time or equivalent part-time (72 credit points)

On Campus or Distance

Associate Degree of Christian Thought and Practice

2 years full-time or equivalent part-time (144 credit points)

On Campus or Distance

Bachelor of Theology

3 years full-time or equivalent part-time (216 credit points)

On Campus

Postgraduate
Bachelor of Theology (Honours)

1 year full-time or equivalent part-time (72 credit points, comprising coursework units and a thesis)

On Campus or Distance and Supervision

Graduate Diploma of Arts

1 year full-time or equivalent part-time (72 credit points). The Graduate Diploma of Arts has nested within it the Graduate Certificate in Arts (36 credit points)

On Campus or Distance

Master of Arts

1 year full-time or equivalent part-time (72 credit points, incl. research component) or 1.5 years full-time or equivalent part-time (108 credit points, incl. research component), depending on prior education

On Campus or Distance

Master of Theology

1.5 years full-time or equivalent part-time (108 credit points) including either a specialisation of 6 units, or in-depth studies of 3 units in two fields of study, and a research component.

On Campus or Distance


St Andrew's also offers supervision for Sydney College of Divinity higher research awards in selected disciplines. Application and enrolment for higher research awards is made directly through the Office of the Dean of the Sydney College of Divinity:

Office of the Dean, Sydney College of Divinity
Unit 6B, 5 Talavera Road, North Ryde NSW 2113
Postal Address: PO Box 1882, Macquarie Centre NSW 2113
Telephone: +61 2 9889 1969
Website: www.scd.edu.au

In addition to information provided by St Andrew's Greek Orthodox Theological College, prospective and current students are also advised of the following information relevant to the Sydney College of Divinity (SCD):