Guided Research in Theology

THL341 / THL427

The principal purpose of this subject is to provide students intending to progress beyond the Bachelor of Theology to the Bachelor of Theology (Honours) or Master of Theology with an experience in guided research. As a result, enrolment in this subject requires the approval of the Subject coordinator. The subject facilitates the exploration of an approved topic in a chosen theological subdiscipline, to be determined in consultation with the Subject coordinator. Students are expected to demonstrate the use of appropriate methodology, research, writing and communication skills, normally through the preparation of a substantial essay.


One Semester


Semester 1 every year

Subject Points




Delivery Mode

On site at St Francis College Milton


All core subjects from Bachelor of Theology and no fewer than five subjects in a particular theological subdiscipline.

To be confirmed annually as the subject is offered

Prescribed Texts

To be confirmed annually as the subject is offered



This subject will cover the following topics:

  • The development of an approved research topic in consultation with a supervisor

  • Guided reading and critical analysis of relevant texts

  • Regular contact between student and supervisor during the development of the research

  • Hermeneutics, critical methodology and close attention to texts

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:

  • be able to discuss critically an issue in a particular theological subdiscipline arising from the investigation of an approved research topic;

  • be able to demonstrate critical appraisal of literature relevant to their research topic;

  • be able to demonstrate sound dialogical skills in developing and exploring an appropriate research project; and

  • be able to demonstrate self-guided learning, including advanced research, writing and communication skills.