Diploma of Christian Studies (DipChSt)

Graduate Rationale

The Diploma of Christian Studies course is an undergraduate award that introduces students to Christian studies within higher education. Graduates will have acquired basic knowledge, skills, and values of Christian relevance to their professional, family, church, social, or personal lives and have deepened their awareness of the nature and scope of theology and their affinity with it as a field of study within higher education.

It provides an opportunity to undertake some theological study with special focus on Christian Thought or Christian Practice.

Award Summary

Course Title

Diploma of Christian Studies 

AQF Level

AQF 5/7 – Diploma



Entrance Requirements

Satisfactory Completion of Year 12 in the Australian School System or Equivalent
Mature Age Entry for 21+

Course Duration

1 year full-time or up to 3 years part-time

Course Delivery

Online and face-to-face at our Horsley Park Campus

Course Structure

72 credit points (8 course units) at AQF 7 level (7100–7200 series)

  • at least one course unit (9 credit points) in Biblical Studies
  • at least one course unit (9 credit points) in Systematic Theology
  • one sub-major (36 credit points) in either Christian Thought or Christian Practice

Christian Thought: Biblical Studies, Church History, Philosophy, Theology

Christian Practice: Christian Spirituality, Mission, Pastoral Counselling, Pastoral Theology

Articulation to Other Awards

The Diploma of Christian Studies is a stand-alone award, however it can also qualify students for the Associate Degree of Christian Thought and Practice (AQF 6) and the Bachelor of Theology (AQF 7), should they wish to further their studies. Thus, the Diploma of Christian Studies articulates directly into either the Associate Degree of Christian Thought and Practice or the Bachelor of Theology. Upon completion of either of these further awards the student is required to surrender their Diploma of Christian Studies.


Introduction to Theology

Critical Thinking & Writing in Theological Studies

Introduction to the New Testament

The Sacraments


Syriac 1

Introduction to the Old Testament

Introduction to Christian Doctrines

Syriac 2

Last modified: 8 May 2024

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