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Doctor of Practical Ministry

Not offered in 2011


240 cp

Minimum duration: 3 years full-time or equivalent part-time.

Course available at:
Nationally online

EFTSL value of units: All 10 cp units in this course have an EFTSL value of 0.125. Units with a cp value of a multiple of 10 have corresponding EFTSL values.

1. Admission Requirements1

To be eligible for admission to the course, an applicant must have completed the following prerequisites:

  1. Bachelor of Theology with at least honours IIA; or
  2. Master of Practical Ministry and evidence of research capacity through the completion of a 20 credit point research project.

2. Requirements for Completion of the Degree

To qualify for the degree, a student must complete 240 cp from the Schedule of Unit Offerings, consisting of:

  1. 50 cp from Core Units
  2. 30 cp from Practicum Units;
  3. 60 cp from Electives;
  4. 100 cp from Research Units and Thesis.

3. Course Progression

A student will not be given advanced standing except in cases of institutional transfer between doctoral programs.

A student will normally be required to complete at least 120 cp of coursework and practicum units before proceeding to the project/thesis.

4. Exit Point

A student who has completed 80 cp from the Schedule of Unit Offerings as follows may be awarded the Master of Practical Ministry:

  1. 40 cp from Core Units, excluding THEL701 Research Methods;
  2. 20 cp from Ministry Practicum;
  3. 20 cp from Electives.

Schedule of Unit Offerings

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Prerequisite (Pre), co-requisite (Co) and incompatible (Inc) units are indicated in parentheses where applicable.

Core Units

Unit Code Credit Points Unit Name
THEL603 10 Introduction to Ministry
THEL604 10 Catholic Social Thought
THEL605 10 Theological Reflection on Ministry
THEL606 10 Leadership in Ministry
THEL701 10 Research Methods

Practicum Units

Unit Code Credit Points Unit Name
THEL607 10 Ministry Practicum 1
THEL608 10 Ministry Practicum 2
(Pre: THEL607 Ministry Practicum 1)
THEL700 10 Ministry Practicum 3
(Pre: THEL607 Ministry Practicum 1 and THEL608 Ministry Practicum 2)


Unit Code Credit Points Unit Name
PHIL619 10 Philosophical Foundations and Ministry
THEL609 10 Contexts of Ministry
THEL610 10 Special Topics in Catholic Social Thought
THEL611 10 Religious Diversity: Ministry in Contemporary Australia
THEL612 10 Intimacy and Relationships
THEL613 10 Grief and Loss
THEL614 10 Ageing
THEL615 10 Youth Ministry
THEL616 10 The Arts, Spirituality and Ministry

Research Units

Unit Code Credit Points Unit Name
THEL702 20 Research Project A (Full-time)
(Co: THEL701 Research Methods)
THEL703 40 Research Project B (Full-time)
THEL704 40 Research Project C (Full-time)

or (b)
Unit Code Credit Points Unit Name
THEL705 20 Research Project A (Part-time)
(Co: THEL701 Research Methods)
THEL706 20 Research Project B (Part-time)
THEL707 20 Research Project C (Part-time)
THEL708 20 Research Project D (Part-time)
THEL709 20 Research Project E (Part-time)

1 A student must also comply with the Admission Rules.