Murdoch University

Murdoch University offers a range of courses in Theology. The Anglican Diocese of Perth is involved due to its membership of the Perth College of Divinity. The Perth College of Divinity is an interdenominational body that includes Wollaston Theological College.

Theology at Murdoch is taught by leading academics in their field. It is an ecumenical program with links to churches and relevant welfare agencies and industries.


Theology at Murdoch

For more information on Murdoch's theology and chaplaincy postgraduate offerings, please click on the below links:

Graduate Certificate in Theology

Graduate Diploma in Theology

Graduate Diploma in Chaplaincy

Master of Chaplaincy

Master of Theological Studies


Semester 1 2019 - Theology units at Murdoch

Semester 1 begins 25 February 2019, so the time to enrol is now!

New Testament and its World: This unit introduces the events and literature of earliest Christianity. Who wrote the Gospels, and why? What was Paul's role in the formation of the early Church? How might we decode Apocalyptic texts like the book of Revelation? By examining the texts of the New Testament in light of their original historical contexts, the unit enables a fresh encounter with a collection that has proven enormously influential in world history.
Unit Coordinator: Dr Robert Myles
When: Mondays 3:30-5:30pm

Biblical Hebrew 1: This unit introduces students to Biblical Hebrew, its vocabulary, grammar and syntax. On completion of this unit students should be able to recognise the more common grammatical structures and vocabulary of the language of the Old Testament.
Unit Coordinator: Dr Sue Boorer
When: Mondays and Thursdays 5:30-7:30pm

History of the Reformation Era: The European Reformations of the sixteenth century were fundamental influences on the shaping of modern Western Christianity. This unit will examine ways in which the British Christianity, both Protestant and Roman Catholic, arose from or were reshaped by that period of their history. The unit will also explore ways in which British Christianity was influenced by continental religious developments, as well as by political and cultural developments in the period.
Unit Coordinator: Professor Rowan Strong
When: Tuesdays 11:30am-1:30pm

The Old Testament and its World: This unit provides an introduction to the varied literature of the Old Testament, written over the course of hundreds of years and reflecting a diversity of situations and experiences. These ancient Hebrew texts will be situated in their original historical contexts to enable a fresh encounter with this literature which has had such an influential impact on world history. Throughout this unit students will be introduced to methods and issues in modern study of the Old Testament.
Unit Coordinator: Dr Sue Boorer
When: Tuesdays 3:30-5:30pm

Understanding Religion in Australian Society: This unit facilitates investigation of the relationship between Australian society and religion through socio-cultural studies, religious studies and history. It introduces socio-cultural theories to help students understand religion from those perspectives, and focuses on religious phenomena in Australia, including Indigenous Spirituality; Christianity; Buddhism; Islam; Judaism; Bahá'í; Hinduism; and the absence of religious faith, Secularism. Students will present on issues that they may encounter in practice, and how these may be negotiated.
Unit Coordinator: Dr Mark Jennings
When: Tuesdays 5:30-7:30pm

Turning Points in Church History: This unit provides an introduction to the history of Christianity by focusing on significant developments in global Christianity between the first and the twentieth centuries. Major developments in the shape of the Christian Church, its relations with the state and wider society, divisions within Christianity, and important spiritual movements will be among some of the topics covered by the unit. Students will do some work with primary sources and develop some knowledge of important scholarly interpretations of the Christian past.
Unit Coordinator: Professor Rowan Strong
When: Thursdays 4:30-6:30pm

Triune God: In this unit we will investigate the Christian understanding of God as triune within the context of the contemporary critique of religion. We will explore the classical themes and questions of the Christian doctrine of God, as well as contemporary approaches and challenges.
Unit Coordinator: The Reverend Dr Gregory Seach
When: Fridays 9:30-11:30am

Spirituality: Over the past decades, attention has been increasingly focused on the spiritual lives of persons whether viewed from a religious, philosophical or secular perspective. Ministers, chaplains, health care professionals, teachers and those involved in different community services are often faced with spiritual matters which impact on the health and well-being of those they serve. This unit will examine some of the issues related to spiritual care.
Unit Coordinator: Dr Nancy Ault
When: Saturdays 2/3; 6/4; 11/5 - 9:30am-5pm

Pastoral Care: Through pastoral care, emotional and spiritual support can be extended to individuals and communities. It is concerned with well-being and involves the carer being intentionally present for others. This unit will provide an introduction to some of the dimensions of pastoral care.
Unit Coordinator: Dr Nancy Ault
When: Saturdays 9/3; 13/4; 18/5 - 9:30am-5pm

To find out more about Theology @ Murdoch, contact the Academic Chair Professor Rowan Strong: