Flinders University Course

Master of Theological Studies

The Master of Theological Studies is a 72-unit program offered through Flinders University by the Faculty of Education, Humanities and Law. It comprises coursework and research and is taught at the Adelaide College of Divinity through Uniting College.

The course articulates with the Graduate Certificate in Theological Studies and Graduate Diploma in Theological Studies.

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Applicants must hold an approved three-year degree or equivalent qualification from an approved tertiary institution.  However, the Faculty Board may, under certain circumstances and subject to specific conditions, admit others who can show evidence of fitness for candidature.

The course is designed to provide teachers of religious education, other professionals in the field of religion and people with a general interest in religion with a comprehensive understanding of contemporary theology and biblical studies, and to provide opportunities to reflect on theological dimensions of professional and social life.  It includes an opportunity to undertake a research project on a theme of personal interest or relevance to their professional work.  It is anticipated that students who satisfactorily complete a substantial project may be eligible to undertake a research higher degree in Theology.

The Master of Theological Studies aims to:

  • provide students with the opportunity to critically examine literature, engage in debate and reflection, and develop in-depth knowledge in an area of theology or biblical studies
  • provide students with the opportunity to undertake and produce an extended research project/dissertation on a contemporary issue in theology or biblical studies

On completion of the Master of Theological Studies, students will:

  • be able to demonstrate their in-depth knowledge of the literature and texts of an area of theology or biblical studies from an informed critical perspective
  • be able to discuss and evaluate current theory and research in a selected area of study
  • be able to contribute to informed theological academic debate and knowledge
  • have developed effective independent research and analytical skills and applied these in a research project
  • be able to demonstrate effective oral, written and interpersonal communication skills.

Limited credit may be granted for recognition of prior studies undertaken at the University or other approved tertiary institutions.

Applicants holding an approved four-year Honours degree in Theology or a Graduate Diploma in Theological Studies may be granted up to 36 units of credit.  Applicants holding a Graduate Certificate in Theological Studies may be granted up to 18 units of credit. Applicants may be granted up to 36 units of credit for approved, relevant work experience.

The maximum credit which will be granted for any combination of an approved four-year Honours degree and approved, relevant work experience will be 36 units.

Applicants holding an approved Graduate Certificate in a related field may be granted up to 18 units of credit.

To qualify for the Master of Theological Studies, a student must complete 72 units with a grade of P or NGP or better in each topic, according to the following program of study.

Core – Year 1 & 2 topics

THEO8307  Theology of Jesus Christ GE  (4.5 units)
THEO9033  Biblical Hermeneutics: Making Sense of the Bible GE  (4.5 units)
THEO8102  Interpreting the Old Testament GE  (4.5 units)
THEO8204  Interpreting the New Testament GE  (4.5 units)
THEO8506  Reading Cultures GE  (4.5 units)
THEO8314  Introduction to Christian Thought GE  (4.5 units)
THEO9031  Research Methods Seminar  (4.5 units)

plus either

THEO9011A  Master of Theological Studies Dissertation (9 units)

OR

THEO9011A  Master of Theological Studies Dissertation (9 units) AND
THEO9011B  Master of Theological Studies Dissertation (9 units)

Option – Year 1 & 2 topics

Students select option topics to make up the 72 units required for their degree.

Biblical Studies

THEO8202  Synoptic Studies GE  (4.5 units)
THEO8104  Old Testament Exegesis: Pentateuch GE (4.5 units)
THEO8206  Pauline Letters GE  (4.5 units)
THEO8004  The Bible and Popular Culture GE  (4.5 units)
THEO8701  Biblical Greek 1 GE  (4.5 units)
THEO8704  Biblical Hebrew 1 GE  (4.5 units)
THEO8106  Old Testament Exegesis: The Writings of the Hebrew Bible GE  (4.5 units)
THEO8105  Old Testament Exegesis: Prophets GE  (4.5 units)
THEO8107  Old Testament Exegesis: Wisdom GE  (4.5 units)
THEO8207  Study Tour: Lands of the Bible GE  (4.5 units)
THEO8702  Biblical Greek 2 GE  (4.5 units)
THEO8703  Biblical Greek 3 GE  (4.5 units)
THEO8705  Biblical Hebrew 2 GE  (4.5 units)
THEO8706  Biblical Hebrew 3 GE (4.5 units)
THEO7106  Readings in Old Testament Studies  (4.5 units)
THEO7204  Readings in New Testament Studies  (4.5 units)
THEO8103  Ecology and the Bible  (4.5 units)

Historical and Systematic Theology

THEO8315  Christian Ethics GE  (4.5 units)
THEO8316  Church, Ministry and Sacraments GE  (4.5 units)
THEO8317  God the Trinity GE  (4.5 units)
THEO8318  Religious Pluralism in a Contemporary World GE  (4.5 units)
THEO7306  Readings in Systematic Theology  (4.5 units)
THEO7405  Readings in Church History  (4.5 units)
THEO8003  Guided Study in Theology  (4.5 units)
THEO8401  Church History A GE  (4.5 units)
THEO8402  Church History B GE  (4.5 units)
THEO9501  Guided Study in Christian Spirituality  (4.5 units)

Ministry Studies

THEO7501  Readings in Ministry and Mission Studies  (4.5 units)
THEO7502  Readings in Christian Education or Discipleship  (4.5 units)
THEO7503  Readings in Christian Leadership  (4.5 units)
THEO7504  Readings in Pastoral Care  (4.5 units)
THEO8205  John’s Gospel and the Johannine Epistles GE  (4.5 units)
THEO8501  Caring Practices of the Church GE  (4.5 units)
THEO8502  Christian Education GE  (4.5 units)
THEO8503  Christian Leadership GE  (4.5 units)
THEO8504  Ministry and Mission Studies 1 GE  (4.5 units)
THEO8505  Ministry and Mission Studies 2 GE  (4.5 units)
THEO8508  Theology and Practice of Chaplaincy  (4.5 units)
THEO8509  Exploring Cross-Cultural Ministry GE (4.5 units)
THEO8510  Towards Reconciliation: A Theological Understanding GE  (4.5 units)
THEO9309  Guided Study in Liturgy  (4.5 units)