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Doctor of Theology (ACT)

Course Description

The Doctor of Theology (AQF level 10 Doctoral Research) course has been designed for research to be undertaken in a field of specialisation within traditional theological disciplines (i.e., in the Department of Bible and Language, Department of Christian Thought, or Department of Ministry and Practice).

From its inauguration the Doctor of Theology (ThD) has been used as the ACT’s premier research degree for graduates who are already engaged in the ministerial profession as aspiring teachers in universities and theological colleges in Australia and overseas. The degree is designed to equip men and women as beginning researchers in the traditional fields of theology and provide a qualification recognised by theological and Bible colleges as well as universities for those who teach in these fields.

Entry Requirements

This degree is open to those who hold an excellent qualification at AQF level 8 or 9 or above in Ministry or Theology which includes a significant piece of research (such as the ACT’s Bachelor of Theology or Ministry with first class honours, Masters of Divinity or Masters of Ministry or Master of Arts in Ministry or Theology with a GPA of 3.0 or better and a project of at least 12,000 words). Consideration will also be given to other factors such as practical experience, maturity and motivation, and the likelihood of satisfactory completion of the academic requirements of the Course. Demonstrated knowledge of biblical or other languages will generally be required. For full details of entry requirements, see the current Australian College of Theology Higher Degrees by Research Handbook.

Course Duration

3 years full-time (up to 6 years part-time).


80-100,000 word thesis, excluding bibliography

For full details of the course structure, see the current Australian College of Theology Higher Degrees by Research Handbook.

This is a course of the Australian College of Theology.          

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