Framed by the Catholic intellectual tradition, this course introduces students to the richness and breadth of theological scholarship. Students can pursue an in-depth program of study in biblical studies, systematic theology, ministry, liturgy, ancient languages and philosophy. Students can also undertake units in other disciplines, such as in the liberal arts. Through the community engagement component of this degree, students are offered the opportunity to explore Christian theology in a range of contemporary settings, including Indigenous and international. Global experience is also encouraged as part of students' learning, with study abroad opportunities available at the ACU Rome Centre, with one of our partner institutions in Europe or the United States, or in Israel with a study tour. Students develop a wide range of adaptable skills, including an enhanced capacity to analyse, critically reflect, evaluate, and to bring ethical perspectives to life and work. Students also develop their communication skills; the capacity to evaluate and discriminate between multiple viewpoints, and to develop and articulate compelling arguments (both orally and in writing).

Entry Requirements:

Year 12 level or equivalent. QLD Prerequisites: English (4, SA); NSW Assumed knowledge: Nil; VIC Prerequisites: Units 3 and 4 - a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or 25 in any other English.


240 credit points.

Subjects you can Study:

Biblical studies; Christian thought; Christian practice; Liberal arts

Study Pathways:

An honours degree is available for high-achieving students.

Further information:

Graduates are prepared to succeed in a wide variety of professions such as chaplaincy, ministry, pastoral work and other church-related careers, teaching (with further study), youth and social work, research, journalism, or work with church-based and international development agencies.

Accepts International Students:


Provider CRICOS: 00004G

Campus ATAR/OP Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Brisbane (McAuley at Banyo) No info Yes Full time 3 years
Brisbane (McAuley at Banyo) No info Yes Part time 6 years
Melbourne (St Patrick's) No info No Full time 3 years
Melbourne (St Patrick's) No info No Part time 6 years
Canberra (Signadou) No info No Full time 3 years
Canberra (Signadou) No info No Part time 6 years
Strathfield (Mount Saint Mary) No info No Part time 6 years
Strathfield (Mount Saint Mary) No info No Full time 3 years
Ballarat (Aquinas) No info No Full time 3 years
Ballarat (Aquinas) No info No Part time 6 years
Australian Catholic University (ACU) commenced operation on 1 January 1991. The University has seven campuses in Adelaide, Ballarat, Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne, and Sydney (2 campuses) and teaches courses throughout Australia and overseas. The University was formed by the amalgamation of four Catholic institutions of higher education in eastern Australia, and is incorporated as a company limited by guarantee (Australian Catholic University Ltd).

ACU is a public university open to all, a Table A listed higher education provider under the Higher Education Support Act 2003, and a member of the Association of Commonwealth Universities, and the International Federation of Catholic Universities. The University is a member of Universities Australia (formerly the Australian Vice-Chancellors' Committee).

The three foundation Faculties are Arts and Sciences, Education, and Health Sciences. The Faculty of Theology and Philosophy commenced operation on 1 January 2009 and the Faculty of Business commenced operation on 1 January 2010.

ACU graduates are high achievers and enjoy one of the best rates of employment in Australia. ACU students undertake work experience throughout their studies, with many students finding jobs using their professional skills even before they have graduated.

ACU's small friendly campuses, small class sizes (student to teacher ratio of 18.5:1), easy access to teaching staff and outstanding student support services allows students to achieve their full potential.

Provider CRICOS: 00004G

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