United Faculty of Theology
Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) is recognised as an educational experience and a dimension of Christian pastoral ministry. Through supervised encounters with people, and the feedback of peers and the people to whom ministry is offered, students develop new awareness of their humanity and of the needs of those to whom they minister. From theological reflection on specific human situations, they gain new understanding of the human situation.
CPE programmes are available in several centres in Victoria. Admission to these programmes is by written application and personal interview. Students should contact individual centres for application forms. For information on centres and application details, please see the website
CPE is credited as the equivalent of two undergraduate units (30 points), or as one graduate unit (15 points) except in the MDiv where it counts as 30 points (15 points of Integrative study and 15 points of Specialised study). Students in the Graduate Diploma of Pastoral Care must have already completed a basic unit of CPE prior to enrolment, and are required to take another unit of CPE for credit towards the award.
Students may fund CPE through FEE-HELP if they are on FEE-HELP for their course. Students who wish to do this must speak with the UFT Registrar during the UFT enrolment period. Students are responsible for arranging CPE placements, for notifying the UFT office of their acceptance into a CPE programme, and for providing the UFT office with a certified copy of the certificate of completion at the end of the programme.
Bachelor of Theology
Graduate Diploma in Theology
Master of Divinity
Master of Theological Studies
Bachelor of Ministry
Field D Theology: Mission and Ministry
Pastoral Theology and Ministry Studies
Christian Life and Ministry
Faith and Ministry Praxis
Department of Moral and Practical Theology
MDiv Type of Study:
MDiv Type of Study:
Mode of Teaching:
Supervised field placement and small group work
Assessment Type Weighting Learning Outcomes Assessed