About the Diploma of Biblical Theology

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Moore College’s first accredited distance award breaks geographical boundaries 

Via its highly interactive teaching tools and digital learning community, the course breaks the boundaries of geography for the many laypeople and teachers who have ministry responsibility – particularly in remote, foreign or regional locations – and those who are travelling for missionary work abroad.

With a strong focus on fostering listening and feedback skills, and an understanding of the Church’s history as well as the histories of other faiths, the diploma equips students with the theological knowledge and confidence to carry our Lord’s message well into the future.

DBT features

Inspiring and fully interactive online lecture notes


Interactive classroom setting using the Yammer.com platform

Rich media
Rich media
Rich media

High quality video material


Interactive quizzes


Progress feedback emails

Library access
Library access
Library access

Access to readings from the Moore College library

DBT features and costs

Accreditation and course structure.

The online Diploma of Biblical Theology is an Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) Level 5 course comprising eight units of study. The three core units – Biblical Theology, New Testament (Mark) and Church History – are studied at Level 7.

The remaining units, five electives – chosen by students from a range of biblical studies, theology, ministry and missions topics – will be studied at AQF Level 5. Students will be able to tailor their electives to meet their particular ministry needs.

Accreditation means that on completion of the Diploma of Biblical Theology, the College will be able to give advanced standing for the completed core units of online study towards the face-to-face diplomas taught at our Newtown campus.

Who is this course for?

With the DBT, Moore College will expand its educational support for the many lay people who have ministry responsibility and help run churches and missions, particularly in remote, foreign or regional locations, and those travelling for missionary work abroad.

The course is ideal for teachers, Bible studies facilitators, those working on Christian missions both in Australia and abroad, general laypeople seeking to deepen their understanding of God’s promises in the Bible and those who wish to build an accredited pathway towards further formal theological training for ministry.

The online Diploma of Biblical Theology breaks the boundaries of geography and distance. No matter where you are, you can deepen your understanding of God’s Word and develop practical skills and experience for serving in your local ministry.

Inspiring and fully interactive online learning.

The Diploma of Biblical Theology is designed to be as interactive as possible. Online learning tools allow students to participate in virtual classrooms and dedicated tutors coach students through their assessment tasks, such as forums and workshops.

The lecture notes are fully interactive as the student is given opportunity to read, listen and reflect on the material. Students can chart their progress using built-in “to-do” lists combined with instant feedback from online quizzes and specialised skill sessions.

At Moore College, we also recognise that students have unique styles of learning. That’s why we have put a lot of time into learning design, to address the many styles of teaching that students respond to.

The course puts a strong focus on fostering listening, communication and feedback skills to be honed among peers and ministry, as well as those from other cultures and faiths. This means that students will be equipped with both the theological knowledge and the confidence to carry our Lord’s message well into the future.

DBT cost.

FEE-HELP is available for eligible Australian students. Information is available on the Australian Government’s StudyAssist website. Further information regarding fees is available from registrardept@moore.edu.au or 02 9577 9933. Fees are charged by the unit. Core Units will be AUD $ 1040 each. Electives will be AUD $ 840 each.

How it works.

Each unit in the Diploma of Biblical Theology will have 3,000 words of assessment.

A typical unit can be expected to comprise forum participation, online quizzes and a major thematic assignment.

Other types of assessment include book reviews, trial sermons, and reflections on practical experience.

Group interaction, using tools such as workshopping and online discussion groups, give students plenty of opportunity to communicate their learning to their peers.

 Students can chart their progress using built-in “to-do” lists combined with instant feedback from online quizzes

In what sense is the DBT a Distance award?

Many will either have heard of or participated in a non-accredited existing MTC distance award like the PTC or ITS. The DBT is delivered in a similar manner to those awards, but it is administered in the same way as our face-face awards (Diplomas or Degrees).


The DBT is delivered entirely online in terms of the course content (lecture materials, assessments etc.). Each unit has (at least) one tutor designated to help the students with their assessment tasks. You only need a computer or an Internet-ready device in order to be able to access the material wherever you are. Each of the units involves Bible/theology/ministry study.


The DBT is accredited by MTC such that the content is at the level offered by a University and therefore follows more closely the timetable on which the college runs in an academic year. This has a number of consequences:

1)     There are only two semesters each year and you may choose to do as many units as you can manage in a given semester. There are eight units in the DBT and you could (technically) complete the entire diploma in a single academic year (Feb-Jun/Jul-Nov).

2)     The lecture material will be accessible at the beginning of each week as the semester progresses in order to match the assessment tasks. Content can be viewed at anytime once it has become accessible.

3)     The assessment tasks for each unit are due at set times throughout a semester with a major writing task due at the end of each semester.

4)     The tutor’s role is to work with the unit’s group of students through the various kinds of assessment tasks (forums, quizzes or workshops) throughout the semester.

5)     MTC expects Biblical Theology to be included in the first units in which a student might enrol.

6)     Students seeking admission to the DBT are required to fill out an enrolment form and provide a reference from their senior minister/pastor plus academic transcripts of their secondary studies.

7)     Applicants whose first language is not English are required to sit an examination administered by the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Successful applicants must achieve a level of 6.5 or better in each category of the IELTS academic test, or equivalent English language assessment.

8)     Units undertaken in a non-accredited course cannot be given credit towards the DBT.

DBT units

Biblical Theology

In this unit you will look at how the Bible is structured and how it centres on and culminates with the revelation of the Lord Jesus. As such, we focus on the unfolding self-revelation of God in human history as revealed in the Bible. This unit will: help you grasp the overall content of the Bible; help you understand how to apply the whole Bible to different ethical issues; help you teach different parts of the Bible.

Church History 1

In this unit you will look at how the church grew and developed from the post New Testament era until 600 A.D. The unit explores the challenges of heresy and persecution as well as developments in articulating Christian theology in response to those challenges. There are several primary historical sources that are studied to give students a firm grasp of historical method. The unit will also give students a broad understanding of the people and movements within this period as well as some specific events that were pivotal and continue to shape how the church understands God’s self-revelation of himself through the Bible.

Reading Mark’s Gospel

In this unit you will look at Mark’s Gospel in depth, and discover how it brings us face to face with Jesus Christ, the Son of God. You will look at some of the historical background to Jesus’ life and ministry. You will also explore how Mark’s narrative guides readers to put their faith in Jesus as the one who brings hope for all who live under the shadow of death. You will explore key topics in Mark, such as the Kingdom of God, parables, miracles, faith, honour and shame, Christian discipleship, atonement and resurrection.

The Twelve Prophets

The unit introduces the student to the Twelve Prophets of the Old Testament (Hosea to Malachi), as individual books and as a coherent collection. It helps the student to read the Old Testament prophets aware of their historical, literary and theological nature, and to understand both their meaning for original readers, and their significance as Christian Scripture. Students will develop their competence as careful readers of the text, and be able to show how these ancient texts uniquely reveal and adorn the character of God.

The Written Word of God

The unit contributes to the DipBT course by deepening the student’s understanding of the Bible as God’s powerful and personal address to his people. It focuses on providing the students with the resources to articulate the authoritative, inspired and unified nature of the Bible.The purpose of this unit is to give students confidence in the Bible as the primary source of knowledge of the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ and to equip them to answer various contemporary critical attitudes towards the Bible as the written word of God.

The Cross of Christ

This unit of study focuses on the theological achievement of God through the crucifixion of our Lord Jesus. We will be studying the biblical teaching about the cross from both the Old and New Testament as well as exploring the theological implications of this teaching. As we do so, we will see that the emphasis the Bible places on the work of Christ in his suffering and death is at the very heart of the Christian message and theology. Throughout the unit, we will also engage with the reflections of various classical and contemporary theologians on this doctrine to clarify and categorise our understanding of the Bible’s teaching.

Paul and His Letters

The unit introduces the student to the letters of Paul as individual books and as a collection. It helps the student gain an orientation to the individual letters and to repeated themes throughout the collection. The unit also orientates the student to the apostle’s life and how the letters fit into the different missionary journeys presented in the book of Acts. Students will develop their competence as readers of Paul’s letters, and be able to show how these letters deepen our understanding of God and the gospel as how they call us to live the Christian life.

SAMPLE lecture

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“It gives an opportunity to deepen my Christian understanding in a flexible manner. The online unit suits my busy schedule, particularly when I do shift work, making it hard to commit to a regular weekly classroom time.”

– A DBT student

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