The Timothy Partnership Online Diploma of Theology provides a strong foundation in theological knowledge and reflection. Students delve deeply into the bible, systematic theology and the history of the church. A diploma of theology is a great foundation for those looking to go into employment in ministry. The diploma courses are completed in an online, collaborative environment and are fully accredited by the Australian College of Theology.

About Timothy Partnership

Equip Gospel Ministries partners with Timothy Partnership to deliver online courses at Diploma level to students in Malaysia, accredited by the Australian College of Theology.

Timothy Partnership was initially formed as a partnership between Anglican Youthworks College, Sydney and Presbyterian Youth NSW, Australia. Both are experienced and trusted learning providers who are dedicated to equipping people to follow Jesus and serve God in their church, community or overseas. Timothy Partnership has been delivering Diploma-level courses online since 2010. Presently, Diploma level courses are being offered by Anglican Youthworks College only.

Timothy Partnership modules are written and led by experts in their field (e.g. Dr. Bill Salier, Dr Peter Moore, Dr Janson Condren, Dr. Andrew Shead), working across denominations. Timothy Partnership believes that practical and theological training shouldn’t be limited only to those who are able to study full-time and on campus. Every Christian should have access to learning that can equip them to serve God in their local church and community.

The dream of Timothy Partnership is to see every Christian in some form of ministry, confident and equipped in bringing others closer to Jesus.

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Training for Ordination

Our diploma and degree courses prepare students for ordination in their denomination. Our flexible online pathway allows students to continue in ministry at your local church while they grow in their theological capabilities.


Course Delivery

The Timothy Partnership Diploma in Theology is delivered fully online. Online study gives students the flexibility to cope with church, family, work and study commitments. You will have access to a high-quality online learning environment which includes audio recordings of lectures and expert discussions, set readings and assessments, and regular interaction with lecturers, tutors and fellow students via the online classroom.

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Course Structure

The Timothy Partnership Diploma in Theology requires a total of 36 credit points for completion; with flexibility around how many subjects are studied each semester. At minimum, a diploma can be completed in 1.5 years, which requires a full-time load of 4 subjects per semester. Students must complete at least 1 unit per year to remain enrolled in the course.

The course consists of a total of 12 units studied at 200 level as follows:

Two Units of Old Testament Overview

  • OT201 Beginnings to Exile
  • OT202 Old Testament Prophets and Writings

Two Units of New Testament Overview

  • NT201 Content and Setting of the Gospel Tradition
  • NT202 Pentecost to Patmos

Two units of Biblical Exegesis:

  • OT205 Genesis, Deuteronomy, Samuel
  • NT207 The Book of Revelation

Two units of Systematic Theology:

  • TH210 The Doctrine of God and the Person and Work of Christ
  • TH211 The Holy Spirit, Grace and Hope

Two units of Church History:

  • CH201 The Church to 1550
  • CH202 The Church from 1550 to Modern Times

In addition to the above ten (10) compulsory subjects, two (2) electives are required and can be selected from the list of 200 level subjects.


Semester Dates

The course is taught over two semesters each year, each consisting of 16 weeks:

  • Semester 1: February-June
  • Semester 2: August-November



Each unit requires approximately 106 hours of work to complete. This is approximately 6.5 hours per week spread out over the 16-week semester. Materials available include a study guide, audio recordings, core readings, and ancillary readings. These are sufficient, with work, to achieve a distinction. A high distinction requires engagement with additional reading and a high standard of work in any assignments and exams.


Unit Assessment

Exact assessment differs from subject to subject, but most subjects will consist of three components of assessment

  • Forums Students are required to contribute to and respond to online discussion groups.
  • Assignments – These often are done in two parts. A first section which then receives feedback that is in then applied and incorporated into the final submission.
    • 5% of the assignment usually requires some sort of applied pastoral application.
  • Exam The total assessment for each subject should not exceed 4000 words


Receiving Your Award

You will be receiving your Diploma award from Youthworks College Sydney. This will be awarded at the annual Equip Thanksgiving and Graduation Service.

Course Fee

The Timothy Partnership is offering substantial scholarships to Equip students, which is only RM500/subject instead of the cost price of RM6000/subject. Total fees for the entire course are RM6000 (12 subjects x RM 500)



Before acceptance into this course, students are required to complete a detailed registration form and attend an interview with Equip.


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