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Master of Theological Studies (MTS)

  • M1291MASTER OF THEOLOGICAL STUDIES

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Title Master of Theological Studies (MTS)
Course Code M1291
Study Level Master's by Coursework (Graduate)
Organisational Unit Creative Media, Arts and Design
Academic Contacts http://goto.murdoch.edu.au/AcademicContacts
Qualification Master of Theological Studies (MTS)
Duration 2 years Full-time or part-time equivalent. Mid year commencement may result in a longer duration due to unit availability.
Availability Murdoch campus (internal)
Some units only: Murdoch campus (external)
Restriction All graduate courses are subject to restriction.
Description This course explores one of the world's oldest disciplines by immersing students in the history, beliefs, texts, and practices of the Christian tradition. Students will gain in-depth and critical knowledge of the main branches of theological study by undertaking units in biblical studies, church history, systematic theology, and practical theology. Students are taught by research-active scholars, embark on a variety of learning experiences, and are challenged to develop their intellectual independence.
Admission Requirements: Onshore course offerings Recognised Bachelor's degree in a cognate discipline or recognised Honours degree in any discipline. Entry is also possible once satisfactory progress has been made towards the Graduate Diploma in Theology, subject to the approval of the Academic Chair. Consideration will be given to prior learning in Theology for possible advanced standing of up to 24 points of credit toward the Master of Theological Studies.

English competence. Students demonstrating English competence via IELTS need an overall score of 6.0 with no individual band less than 6.0.
Course Learning Outcomes LO1 Demonstrate in-depth knowledge of the literature and texts in the four primary areas of theological study, namely, biblical studies, systematic theology, church
history, and practical theology
LO2 Critically evaluate key theoretical and methodological approaches commonly used in theological study and practice
LO3 Display critical interpretive and close-reading skills required for the analysis of theological texts and sources
LO4 Demonstrate effective independent research and analytic skills required for advanced theological study
LO5 Demonstrate effective oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills.
Employment Prospects Murdoch graduates of Theology acquire a range of skills which are of interest to employers in a number of industries. Students in Theology training for ordained ministry are selected by their respective churches. In addition, teachers in church schools may be required to study some Theology. Other employment prospects exist within charities and non-governmental organisations, or as youth workers and school chaplains.
Professional Recognition This course is a professional qualification for ministry. When completed in conjunction with prescribed church requirements, it is the recognised university qualification in Western Australia for ordination in the Anglican Church of Australia.
Main research areas Old Testament Studies, New Testament Studies, Post-Reformation Church History, Systematic Theology, Pastoral Theology, Spirituality, Sociology of Religion.
Other The MTS can be completed in 2 years FT if enrolling in S1. Students commencing in S2 will require an additional semester to complete required pre-requisites.
THE620 and THE621 are repeatable units. Students are required to complete these units twice.
For specified electives in year one, students will take either a language or a combination of 2 other units from the specified electives list.
Students enrolled as part of their professional training for ordination in the Anglican church are required to take two language units (from REL207, REL208, REL209, REL210).
Core units are offered every year. Some electives are offered in alternative years. For example, REL207 and REL208 alternates with REL209 and REL210. THE510 alternates with THE663.
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.

Course Structure - 48 credit points

Year 1 - 24 credit points

Core Units - 18 credit points

THE506 Old Testament and its World - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external

THE507 New Testament and its World - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external

THE505 Introduction to Theology - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external

THE509 Turning Points in Church History - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external

THE620 Old Testament Exegesis - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external

THE621 New Testament Exegesis - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external

Specified Electives - 6 credit points

Select from the following:

REL207 Biblical Hebrew I - 3 points
Not available this year

REL208 Biblical Hebrew II - 3 points
Not available this year

REL209 New Testament Greek I - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal

REL210 New Testament Greek II - 3 points
Not available this year

THE528 Spirituality - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-external

ART503 Honours Seminar in Arts - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external, S2-internal, S2-external

TLC501 Communication Skills for Postgraduate Study - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S2-internal

Year 2 - 24 credit points

Core Units - 18 credit points

THE620 Old Testament Exegesis - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external

THE621 New Testament Exegesis - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external

THE619 Triune God - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external

THE624 Ethics - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-external

THE623 History of the Reformation Era - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external

THE627 Understanding Religion in Australian Society - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external

Specified Electives - 6 credit points

Select from the following:

THE510 Emerging Christian Theology: The Creeds (100-500 CE) - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external

THE645 Pastoral Care - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-external

THE663 Church, Ministry and Sacraments - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external

ART604 Advanced Research Methods - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external, S2-internal, S2-external

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