Graduate Certificate in Theology

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Overview

The increasing demand for highly qualified and professionally competent leaders, managers and educators has become an important feature of modern professions worldwide.

The Graduate Certificate of Theology is a postgraduate degree that offers the opportunity for those with no prior study in Theology to gain a solid introduction into the subject and to engage in interdisciplinary study in theology and its aligned disciplines. The program includes compulsory foundational studies in Theology and Biblical Studies, and an opportunity to choose from a broad range of directed courses in the generic option, or to focus on Religious Education in the religious education specialisation.

For information about the enrolment dates and benefits for the 2015/16 Summer Term, please follow the link to the Broken Bay Institute.

Domestic Student Program and Fee Summary
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Program Intake
  • Semester 1
  • Semester 2
  • Summer Term
Location

Online

Tuition Fees
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Number of Courses
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Note: 1 course is equal to 10 units of study.

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Program Code

12211

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International Student Program and Fee Summary
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Note: This Program and Fee Summary is intended to provide an overview of the Program Requirements. It is the prospective student’s responsibility to investigate the Program and Enrolment Terms and Conditions carefully prior to applying.

Program Intake
  • Semester 1
  • Semester 2
  • Summer Term
Location
Online
Tuition Fees
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Note: Fees are indicative and may be subject to annual increase. Overall program fee may vary based on course selection.

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Number of Courses
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Note: 1 course is equal to 10 units of study.

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CRICOS

084167D

Program Code

12211

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Is It For You?

This unique degree will help you develop and expand your skills and knowledge in theology and its aligned disciplines.

The Graduate Certificate in Theology at the University of Newcastle is a cutting edge, intellectually rigorous, and highly relevant degree program for training in theological reasoning and the sophisticated reading of complex texts. With a higher level degree, undertaken with supervision from theological specialists, this is an opportunity to explore and develop multiple skills in a range of theological disciplines.

Career Opportunities

As a liberal arts program the Graduate Certificate allows students to prepare for a wide range of careers including teaching, social work, the caring professions, journalism and the media and various forms of ministry.

Get Started

Applying to the University of Newcastle has never been easier! For most programs, you can complete an easy, online application form. Applying only takes around 10 minutes, and there is no fee for direct applications. You can upload all of your certified supporting documentation online. Below is an overview of what is required. You should prepare any required documentation before commencing the online application. If you have questions about the application process or the requirements for your program, please contact us. When you are ready, begin your application.

Students wishing to gain admission to the Graduate Certificate in Theology prior to completion of an undergraduate teaching qualification should review the Procedure for Concurrent Enrolment in the Graduate Certificate in Theology with initial teacher education programs.

University of Newcastle students wishing to commence the Graduate Certificate in Theology program concurrently with their teaching qualification must include an Application for Concurrent Enrolment form.

If you do not have a University of Newcastle Student Identification number, or wish to include details of studies completed at another institution, you may also be required to submit the following:

Identification Documents

If you do not already have a University of Newcastle Student Number, you must provide 100 points of ID. You must supply either a copy of your passport, birth certificate or you citizenship certificate as part of your 100 points.

70 Points Passport
Birth Certificate (not extract)
Citizenship Certificate
40 Points Current Australian Drivers Licence
Student Identification card issued by an educational institution
Pension or Government Health Care Card or Public Service ID Card
Government Issued Licence (eg boat, pilot)
University staff photo identification card
35 Points Letter from a current employer * Must be on official company letterhead and contain both the employer and employee’s signatures and the name and address of the employee
25 Points Medicare card / Credit card
Financial institution cash card or passbook
Council rates notice
Electricity, gas or telephone bill
2 Tax assessment notice
Foreign Driver's Licence
Membership card (e.g. club, union, trade/professional body, library, video library)
Rental receipt or statement from landlord or real estate agent
Marriage certificate
Divorce decree
Name and address verified from electoral role
Deed Poll registered with the relevant authority

Citizenship and Visa Details

Applicants who were born overseas and are now residing in Australia will need to provide details of their citizenship, residency and visa details.

  • If you were born overseas and have gained Australian citizenship, you will need to provide a certified copy of your Australian passport or citizenship certificate.
  • If you were born overseas and currently hold an Australian visa, you need to confirm your details of your visa type/class, and provide a copy of your visa. Depending on how your visa was issued, you may provide a copy of the page from your passport showing the visa stamp, or a copy of the Department of Immigration confirmation of your electronic visa. If you do not have access to either of these documents, please include a copy of your passport.

Applicants who were born overseas and are now residing in Australia will need to provide details of their citizenship, residency and visa details.

  • If you were born overseas and have gained Australian citizenship, you will need to provide a certified copy of your Australian passport or citizenship certificate.
  • If you were born overseas and currently hold an Australian visa, you need to confirm your details of your visa type/class, and provide a copy of your visa. Depending on how your visa was issued, you may provide a copy of the page from your passport showing the visa stamp, or a copy of the Department of Immigration confirmation of your electronic visa. If you do not have access to either of these documents, please include a copy of your passport.

Educational Qualifications

If you are applying for admission on the basis of studies completed at an institution other than the University of Newcastle, you will need to provide certified copies of official transcripts.

For each qualification that you list on your application, you must provide a certified copy of your transcript.

Overseas educational qualifications will be assessed for equivalence according to standards provided by the National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition.

Evidence of English Proficiency

All applicants, whether domestic or international, for admission to any University of Newcastle program must provide evidence that their English language ability meets the minimum requirements for admission. Applicants should review the University of Newcastle English Proficiency Policy

Typically, applicants will provide certified copies of one of the following documents:

  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) results.
  • Evidence of previous studies undertaken overseas in an English Speaking country
  • Evidence of previous studies undertaken in English in a non-English speaking country, and confirmation from institution that studies were conducted and examined solely in the English language.

If you are not able to provide these documents, please provide details of any employment undertaken in an English speaking environment. Your application will be reviewed and we contact you regarding your options for demonstrating English proficiency.

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Courses and Details

Program Code 12211
Graduate Level Postgraduate Coursework
Locations
  • Online
CRICOS Code 084167D
Contributing Schools and Faculties
Admission Instructions:

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Program Award Rules and Schedules
Mode of delivery Online
Program Plans
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Description

The increasing demand for highly qualified professionally competent leaders, managers and educators has become an important feature of modern professions worldwide.  The Graduate Certificate in Theology is a postgraduate program that offers the opportunity for theological graduates, or graduates in cognate disciplines, to expand their learning, explore theological disciplines in a depth they had been unable to achieve in their first theological degree, and better equip them with the higher learning skills they had begun to develop through their undergraduate studies.  The program provides graduates with training and experience (according to personal or professional development needs) by developing expertise in the fast moving areas of theological studies, which investigate key aspects of ancient and global religious traditions.

Students in the Graduate Certificate of Theology may take a generic program or specialise in one of the following areas:

  • Spirituality
  • Liturgical Studies
  • Religious Education
  • Mission and Culture
  • Youth and Campus Ministry

Admission Requirements

Admission to the Graduate Certificate in Theology requires the completion of a relevant undergraduate degree at the University of Newcastle or other tertiary institution.

Admission to this program is available to Australian students and residents. Please visit  http://www.newcastle.edu.au/campaigns/postgrad/how-to-apply.html for information on how to gain entry.

Minimum English Language Proficiency Requirements

Applicants who do not speak English as a first language must demonstrate that they meet the University's English proficiency requirement. Further information regarding English language proficiency requirements can be found at the English Language Proficiency for Admission Policy at http://www.newcastle.edu.au/about-uon/governance-and-leadership/policy-library/document?RecordNumber=D15/15438

Requirements and Structure

Qualification for the Graduate Certificate in Theology award requires the successful completion of 40 units of coursework. 

On completion of the Graduate Certificate, graduates will be eligible for entry into the Master of Theology program with 40 units of credit in that award. The Master Theology is a 160 unit program.

Course Information

Core Courses

Complete the following core courses to fulfil the requirements of this program.

Code Name Availability Units
RELT6030 Biblical Studies - Foundations Semester 1 - 2016 (UoN Broken Bay Institute - Online)
Semester 2 - 2016 (UoN Broken Bay Institute - Online)
10 units
RELT6040 Theological Studies: Foundations Semester 1 - 2016 (UoN Broken Bay Institute - Online)
Semester 2 - 2016 (UoN Broken Bay Institute - Online)
10 units

Generic Specialisation

Directed Courses: Choose 20 units from the following directed courses.

Code Name Availability Units
RELT6001 Advanced Liturgy: Theory and Practice Semester 2 - 2016 (UoN Broken Bay Institute - Online) 10 units
RELT6002 Origins and Development of the Early Church Semester 2 - 2016 (UoN Broken Bay Institute - Online) 10 units
RELT6005 Advanced Studies in the New Testament Semester 2 - 2016 (UoN Broken Bay Institute - Online) 10 units
RELT6006 The Many Faces of Jesus Christ: Advanced Studies in Christology Semester 1 - 2016 (UoN Broken Bay Institute - Online) 10 units
RELT6007 Theology of Religious Education Semester 1 - 2016 (UoN Broken Bay Institute - Online)
Semester 2 - 2016 (UoN Broken Bay Institute - Online)
10 units
RELT6010 The Church in the World: Advanced Studies in Ecclesiology Semester 2 - 2016 (UoN Broken Bay Institute - Online) 10 units
RELT6015 Missiology: Critical Studies for a Secular, Plural, Globalised World Semester 1 - 2016 (UoN Broken Bay Institute - Online) 10 units
RELT6016 Studies in Spirituality Semester 2 - 2016 (UoN Broken Bay Institute - Online) 10 units
RELT6017 Advanced Studies in Spirituality Not currently offered 10 units
RELT6023 Social Teaching of the Catholic Church Semester 1 - 2016 (UoN Broken Bay Institute - Online) 10 units
RELT6003 Advanced Studies in Christian Ethics Not currently offered 10 units
RELT6004 Advanced Studies in Hebrew Bible Semester 1 - 2016 (UoN Broken Bay Institute - Online) 10 units
RELT6014 Advanced Sacramental Theology: A Living Tradition Not currently offered 10 units
RELT6044 Studies of Religion: Living Conversations, Interfaith Connections Semester 1 - 2016 (UoN Broken Bay Institute - Online) 10 units
EDUC6043 Religious Education: Theory and Practice Semester 1 - 2016 (UoN Broken Bay Institute - Online)
Semester 2 - 2016 (UoN Broken Bay Institute - Online)
10 units
RELT6009 Ecological Theology Not currently offered 10 units
RELT6011 Advanced Studies in Education and Missiology Not currently offered 10 units
RELT6013 Critical Studies in Faith and Culture Not currently offered 10 units
RELT6020 Advanced Studies in Leadership for Mission Semester 2 - 2016 (UoN Broken Bay Institute - Online) 10 units
RELT6022 Religion and Young People in Australia Semester 1 - 2016 (UoN Broken Bay Institute - Online)
Semester 2 - 2016 (UoN Broken Bay Institute - Online)
10 units
RELT6025 Advanced Studies in Contextualisation Not currently offered 10 units
RELT6032 Advanced Studies - Directed Semester 1 - 2016 (UoN Broken Bay Institute - Online)
Semester 2 - 2016 (UoN Broken Bay Institute - Online)
10 units
RELT6033 Advanced Biblical Studies Not currently offered 10 units
RELT6037 Advanced Canon Law 1 Not currently offered 10 units
RELT6050 Religion and Theology in the 21st Century Not currently offered 10 units
RELT6054 Religion and Popular Culture in the 21st Century Not currently offered 10 units
RELT6055 Advanced Studies in Islam Not currently offered 10 units
RELT6056 Philosophy and Theology Not currently offered 10 units
RELT6057 Advanced Studies in Judaism - Past and Present Not currently offered 10 units
RELT6058 Interfaith and Inter-religious Dialogue Semester 1 - 2016 (UoN Broken Bay Institute - Online) 10 units

Religious Education specialisation

Compulsory Courses: Complete the following compulsory courses to fulfil the requirements of this specialisation.

Code Name Availability Units
EDUC6043 Religious Education: Theory and Practice Semester 1 - 2016 (UoN Broken Bay Institute - Online)
Semester 2 - 2016 (UoN Broken Bay Institute - Online)
10 units

Directed Courses: Choose 10 units from the following directed courses.

Code Name Availability Units
RELT6001 Advanced Liturgy: Theory and Practice Semester 2 - 2016 (UoN Broken Bay Institute - Online) 10 units
RELT6002 Origins and Development of the Early Church Semester 2 - 2016 (UoN Broken Bay Institute - Online) 10 units
RELT6010 The Church in the World: Advanced Studies in Ecclesiology Semester 2 - 2016 (UoN Broken Bay Institute - Online) 10 units
RELT6011 Advanced Studies in Education and Missiology Not currently offered 10 units
RELT6015 Missiology: Critical Studies for a Secular, Plural, Globalised World Semester 1 - 2016 (UoN Broken Bay Institute - Online) 10 units
RELT6016 Studies in Spirituality Semester 2 - 2016 (UoN Broken Bay Institute - Online) 10 units
RELT6020 Advanced Studies in Leadership for Mission Semester 2 - 2016 (UoN Broken Bay Institute - Online) 10 units
RELT6022 Religion and Young People in Australia Semester 1 - 2016 (UoN Broken Bay Institute - Online)
Semester 2 - 2016 (UoN Broken Bay Institute - Online)
10 units
RELT6032 Advanced Studies - Directed Semester 1 - 2016 (UoN Broken Bay Institute - Online)
Semester 2 - 2016 (UoN Broken Bay Institute - Online)
10 units
RELT6003 Advanced Studies in Christian Ethics Not currently offered 10 units
RELT6014 Advanced Sacramental Theology: A Living Tradition Not currently offered 10 units
RELT6044 Studies of Religion: Living Conversations, Interfaith Connections Semester 1 - 2016 (UoN Broken Bay Institute - Online) 10 units
RELT6004 Advanced Studies in Hebrew Bible Semester 1 - 2016 (UoN Broken Bay Institute - Online) 10 units
RELT6005 Advanced Studies in the New Testament Semester 2 - 2016 (UoN Broken Bay Institute - Online) 10 units
RELT6006 The Many Faces of Jesus Christ: Advanced Studies in Christology Semester 1 - 2016 (UoN Broken Bay Institute - Online) 10 units
RELT6007 Theology of Religious Education Semester 1 - 2016 (UoN Broken Bay Institute - Online)
Semester 2 - 2016 (UoN Broken Bay Institute - Online)
10 units
RELT6009 Ecological Theology Not currently offered 10 units
RELT6013 Critical Studies in Faith and Culture Not currently offered 10 units
RELT6017 Advanced Studies in Spirituality Not currently offered 10 units
RELT6023 Social Teaching of the Catholic Church Semester 1 - 2016 (UoN Broken Bay Institute - Online) 10 units
RELT6025 Advanced Studies in Contextualisation Not currently offered 10 units
RELT6033 Advanced Biblical Studies Not currently offered 10 units
RELT6037 Advanced Canon Law 1 Not currently offered 10 units
RELT6054 Religion and Popular Culture in the 21st Century Not currently offered 10 units
RELT6055 Advanced Studies in Islam Not currently offered 10 units
RELT6056 Philosophy and Theology Not currently offered 10 units
RELT6057 Advanced Studies in Judaism - Past and Present Not currently offered 10 units
RELT6058 Interfaith and Inter-religious Dialogue Semester 1 - 2016 (UoN Broken Bay Institute - Online) 10 units

Additional Information

All students can access additional learning development mechanisms provided by the Centre for Teaching and Learning at http://www.newcastle.edu.au/current-staff/teaching-and-research/teaching-resources/supporting-students

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students can draw on the assistance and support provided by the Indigenous Student Support and Development service through The Wollotuka Institute.

All Theology courses offered as ‘Online-Broken Bay Institute (BBI)’, ‘Seminar-Broken Bay Institute (BBI)’ or ‘Distance-Broken Bay Institute (BBI)’, will be taught through The Broken Bay Institute, a leading provider in online/seminar/distance Catholic theological education. BBI courses are open to all and delivered in partnership with the University of Newcastle. For more information, visit The Broken Bay Institute website and make direct contact with the Institute http://www.bbi.catholic.edu.au/.

Credit Transfer

If you wish to apply for credit for studies completed at another institution, or if you are changing programs within the University and wish to transfer your credit to the new program, go to http://www.newcastle.edu.au/service/credit-transfer/ and click on ‘How to Apply for Credit’.

Students who complete the Graduate Certificate in Theology will be eligible for 40 units of credit towards the Master of Theology Award.

International Students

International students can only study this program online offshore.

Special Needs

Students with a disability who require reasonable adjustments to undertake their program should contact the Disability Support Service before semester or early in the semester. Some adjustments need up to 4 weeks lead time to organise, so it is imperative that early contact is made. The Disability Support Service and relevant Faculty and School officers will work together to ensure reasonable adjustments are provided in a timely manner.

Please note: All students must fulfil the inherent requirements of the programs and courses they are undertaking. While reasonable adjustments can be made, these adjustments cannot compromise academic integrity. It is the student’s responsibility to check all the requirements of courses, and consider the effects of any medical condition or disability on their ability to complete course requirements. Please visit http://www.newcastle.edu.au/service/disability/ for more information.

Study a Language

All domestic students can now enrol in an undergraduate Diploma in Languages alongside their main degree program. This diploma will enhance proficiency in another language or languages, and will increase international career opportunities. Subject to course availability, this additional program will generally add an extra year to studies, and students will graduate with a Diploma in Languages as well as their other degree. Please note that all language courses are held on campus (face to face) at Callaghan.

International students cannot enrol concurrently in the Diploma in Languages alongside their primary program unless they can complete both programs within the duration of their primary program CoE. For more information please contact the ESOS Student Compliance Unit [email protected].

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