The Bachelor of Theology Honours program is designed for students who have completed the BTh or B Min, with good grades, who would like to undertake postgraduate research in the future and/or take a course allowing them to study a particular area in depth. It can be taken as a one-year full-time course or part-time over up to three years.
To complete the course, students need to complete the equivalent of four coursework units (60 credit points) plus a 16,000 word thesis (36 credit points). The 60 credit points of coursework must include a minimum of 24 cps of units in the student’s designated Honours field (e.g. New Testament, Old Testament Church History, Theology), which is also the field within which the honours thesis must be written. The 60 cps of coursework also includes a 12 cp unit on research methods. Note that all elements of the Honours course must be completed within three years of the student having completed their BTh or BMin. The BTh(Hons) is accredited by the Queensland Office of Higher Education and its interstate counterparts as an award of the Australian College of Theology, of which QTC is a member college along with around 20 other colleges across Australia.
Graduates of the Honours program who complete the course with class I, IIA or IIB are eligible to enrol in the ACT’s research master’s degree (MTh). Graduates who complete the program with Honours class I (First Class Honours) are eligible to enrol in the ACT’s research doctoral programs.
For details of which subjects may be offered for Honours level credit during any given year, please contact QTC. Full details of the BTh(Hons) structure and regulations can be found in the relevant section of the ACT Handbook.
Eligibility and Financial Support
You are eligible to enrol if you have completed a Bachelor of Theology with a GPA of at least 2.0 overall and 2.0 in the designated field of study to be pursued in the Honours programme. All students wishing to enrol in the BTh (Hons) must have successfully completed at least 24cps in either Biblical Hebrew or New Testament Greek and at least 24cps of biblical language exegesis in their initial theology degree. Overseas students who have undertaken their Bachelor of Theology degree solely in English in one of a set of prescribed countries or have been a resident in Australia with English being the language spoken at home and at work for ten or more years are not required to provide proof of English language proficiency. In all other cases a minimum IELTS result of 6.5 overall with a minimum of 6.5 in each subtest is required.
The course is accredited within Australia as an award of the Australian College of Theology, of which QTC is a member institution along with around 20 colleges nationally. As such, it is a recognized course for the purposes of Fee-Help, Austudy and Youth Allowance (provided you meet the government’s eligibility requirements), and for Overseas Students (ACT CRICOS provider number is 02650E). Current fee levels for units in the BTh (Hons) can be found here.
Your next step?
Contact the QTC Registrar for more details or to apply.
QTC is an affiliated college of the Australian College of Theology. The CRICOS code for the ACT’s Bachelor of Theology (Hons) is 054679F.