Diploma of Theology: 1 year

Keen to be better equipped to serve God in your church, workplace, home?

Are you in a part-time or associate ministry role, and would like some theological training and a recognized qualification with a strong emphasis on Bible & Theology?

Thinking that you should be training for ministry, but aren’t yet sure whether a three or four year theological degree is right for you?

If any of these describe you, then the QTC Diploma of Theology (DipTh) is an option seriously worth considering. You don’t need to have studied at uni before to be able to enrol in the DipTh.

Along the way, you will get to hear more from the range of visiting pastors and scholars that pass through QTC – many of whom spend time in the classroom with our students. Recent speakers have included Matt Chandler, Daniel Block, Michael Horton, Kathleen Nielson, John Piper, Don Carson, Mark Dever, Douglas Moo, Carl Trueman, Richard Bauckham,  Kent Hughes, & Christopher Wright.

What’s the commitment?

You can study the DipTh in one of two ways:

  • Full-time over ten months at QTC. Attendance at QTC is no more than 3.5 days per week. All of the required units for the GradDipDiv are offered in the evening on a regular cycle as well as in the daytime, and it is also possible to complete a GradDipDiv with QTC online for those living outside of Brisbane or whose work commitments make study in-person impossible. It’s also an option to do a GradDipDiv by a combination of daytime, evening, and online units through QTC.
  • Part-time over up to four years. You can complete the DipTh by attending classes for as little as one part-day per week, depending on your subject choices and how quickly you wish to finish the course. All of the required units for the DipTh (see below) are offered with classes on a single day only. Most of our practical electives are offered on a single day or as intensives for your convenience.

What do I study?

DipTh students take the following course:

  • Four biblical subject units, which survey the whole of the Old and New Testaments (OT301, OT302, NT301, NT302).
  • At least two units drawn from those offered in church history, theology, and ethics (together known as “Christian Thought”). Normally we’d suggest that you take Reformation Church History(CH324, offered Semester 2 every year), and Christian Ethics (PE402, offered Semester 1 every year).
  • Two short half-units which introduce you to how to study the Bible (RYO31), and to Christian Doctrine (TRT32).
  • For the rest of your course (at least one more subject unit), QTC offers a wide range of options from which you can choose, depending on your ministry intentions. You can take more units in the Bible, theology or church history, as well as one or more of our large range of practical electives in areas such as preaching, pastoral care, youth & children’s ministries, and missions. Please note that not all units are offered every year, and some may be offered in the same timetable slots as others units that you might like to do – consult the latest timetable.
  • Any student who is likely to want to continue on to the BTh should take the two units Intro to NT Greek A and B (LA004A&B).

Eligibility & Financial Support?

If you have completed Grade 12 with an OP of 14 or better (or the equivalent interstate or overseas), you are eligible to apply for the DipTh. If you are aged 21 years and over and can satisfy the college of your ability to study the course, you may be eligible for mature age entry without the Grade 12 requirement. If English is not your first language, you will need to be able to demonstrate sufficient proficiency in English – please contact the Registrar for details.

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, Youth Allowance (provided you meet the government’s eligibility requirements), and for International Students (ACT CRICOS provider number is 02650E). Current fee levels for units in the DipTh 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 Diploma of Theology is 054649A