What is the Diploma of Biblical Theology?

After 75 years of supporting lay ministry, Moore College is proud to announce our first accredited online course for laypeople, the Diploma of Biblical Theology (DBT).

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, such as Acts, The Cross of Christ and Preaching and Teaching the Bible – will be studied at AQF Level 5. Students can 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 give advanced standing for the completed core units of online study towards the face-to-face diplomas taught at our Newtown campus.

Who is the 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.


Each unit in the Diploma of Biblical Theology will have 3,000 words of assessment. While the type of assessment will vary, a typical unit can be expected to comprise forum participation, online quizzes and a major piece thematic assignment. Other types of assessment include book reviews, trial sermons, and reflections on practical experience.

Our assessment tasks focus on group interaction, using tools such as workshopping and forums that give students plenty of opportunity to communicate their learning to their peers and to others. Students are coached in giving and receiving feedback as well as exchanging ideas and hearing critique. This makes for a truly interpersonal, multi-faceted learning process, which provides students with the tools to help them grow and inspire others in the faith.

What are the core subjects?

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

In this subject 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.

The Gospel of Mark

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.

Would you like to join us? The first flagship core subjects of the course have already launched and we are welcoming new students.

Register your interest

Moore College’s vision is evangelical and international. Based on the Sydney campus at Newtown, the College provides ministers for the Anglican Church in Sydney and also for other Diocese and denominations. Moore also trains Christian workers for ministries to children, youth, families, and cross-cultural mission. Students come to study from a wide range of church and cultural contexts, for enrolment in diploma, graduate, postgraduate and distance courses.