Postgraduate

Graduate Certificate in Theology [Grad.Cert.Theol]

The Graduate Certificate in Theology qualifies students in theological study by developing or deepening their knowledge and skills in theological disciplines. It serves as a foundation for further study and a means of critically engaging Christian thought and traditions. Graduates are able to articulate insights for Christian life and social engagement.

Course learning outcomes

Graduates of the Graduate Certificate in Theology:

  1. have knowledge of sources, terms and conceptual frameworks required for theological engagement;
  2. have research, analysis and communication skills applicable to theological studies;
  3. apply skills of interpretation to texts and traditions with awareness of context, implications and application to historical and or contemporary issues;
  4. apply theological and hermeneutical skills in clearly articulating insights relevant to life, work and community settings.

Course structure

Every course of study for the Graduate Certificate in Theology consists of 45 points of Foundational units taken across three disciplines in at least two fields. View units here.


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Graduates may proceed to the Graduate Diploma in Theology or Master of Arts (Theology).

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Graduate Certificate in Supervision [GradCertSuperv]

The Graduate Certificate in Supervision is designed for a person with at least three years of experience in ministry who wishes to supervise others. The course will form students as supervisors of ministry practice and enables them to develop key skills in supervision in one of three streams: spiritual direction, healthcare practice, or pastoral ministry.


Learning outcomes

Graduates of the Graduate Certificate in Supervision will also learn to supervise others and enable them to:

  • Realistically assess their ministry skills.
  • Develop more accurate awareness of areas of pastoral strength and weakness.
  • Become aware of emotional patterns and responses.
  • Grow in spirituality and theological reflection.

Course structure

The Graduate Certificate in Supervision (GCSP) consists of 3 standard units (72 points) of study as follows:

  • DP8015S The Art of Supervision A & B (48 points)
  • DP9015S Supervision in Spiritual Care using Critical Reflection (24 points)

Please note, there are special entry requirements for this course.


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Graduate Certificate in Divinity [GCDiv]

(a qualifying award for the aifc Graduate Diploma in Counselling)

The Graduate Certificate in Divinity allows students to explore areas of interest in divinity and its associated disciplines. It serves as an introduction to the broad field of study of theology or philosophy and disciplines which are associated with them.

Course learning outcomes

Graduates of the Graduate Certificate in Divinity

  1. have knowledge of key concepts in one or more areas of divinity and associated disciplines
  2. have basic research, analysis and communication skills applicable to postgraduate study
  3. apply skills of interpretation to texts or concepts.

Structure

Every course of study for the Graduate Certificate in Divinity consists of 45 points of Foundational or Elective units. However, a set curriculum is required or students wishing to qualify for the aifc Graduate Diploma in Counselling and Integrated Psychotherapy – click here for more information.


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Graduates may proceed to a Graduate Diploma or Masters’ degree by coursework.

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Graduate Certificate in Research Methodology [GCRM]

The Graduate Certificate in Research Methodology equips students to apply sophisticated research skills to complex issues such as the development of a research proposal, gathering of and conceptual processing of research material, and the presentation of a research artefact, such as a dissertation.

Course learning outcomes

Graduates of the Graduate Certificate in Research Methodology:

  1. have a working knowledge of terms, assumptions and approaches to research that are current in selected theological disciplines;
  2. have familiarity with research methods, protocols, practices and ethics;
  3. apply focussed research methods towards complex research issues;
  4. apply writing and communication skills to the presentation of research results.

Course structure

Candidates for the Graduate Certificate in Research Methodology must complete 45 credit points as follows:

  1. a postgraduate unit in research methodology (worth 15 points)
  2.  a 16,000 word Research Essay (worth 30 points).

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Follow on study

Graduates who meet the other requirements for higher degrees by research may be eligible for admission to the Master of Theology, Doctor of Theology, Master of Philosophy or Doctor of Philosophy.

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Graduate Certificate in Children and Families Ministry [GCCFM]

The Graduate Certificate in Children and Families Ministry provides an academic qualification which can be used to accredit people who are engaged in ministry with children and their families. Safe practice and effective ministry with children, demands practical expertise, pastoral awareness, and ethical depth. This qualification will assist the church (and associated agencies) to

  • Build a cohort of professionals and enthusiasts;
  • Provide opportunities for growth in this area;
  • Grow expertise in the Children’s Ministry Network;
  • Improve skills and standards in the sector; and
  • Enhance community recognition for people engaged in ministry with children and their families.

Course learning outcomes

Graduates of the Graduate Certificate in Children and Families Ministry will:

  1. Have a broad knowledge of biblical texts and the Christian tradition, particularly as these bear on theologies of the child, and child spirituality.
  2. Apply a clear vision of mission to children and their families in various contexts.
  3. Have a critical understanding of pastoral practices and theories of child development as these apply to ministry with children and their families.
  4. Apply the skills of theological reflection in a coherent practice of ministry with children and their families.
  5. Have an understanding of ministry that recognises and values the spirituality and experiences of children.

Course structure

The Graduate Certificate in Children and Families Ministry consists of 45 points comprised of:

  1. DA8015S Children and Families Ministry: Core Issues in Diverse Contexts;
  2. DA/DS9019S The Nurture and Spiritual Guidance of Children; and
  3. A further 15 points.

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Graduate Diploma in Theology [Grad.Dip.Theol.]

The Graduate Diploma in Theology allows students to explore areas of interest in theology. It provides a foundation for further study and engages with Christian thought and traditions. Graduates are able to articulate insights for Christian practice and identity.

Course learning outcomes

Graduates of the Graduate Diploma in Theology:

  • Have knowledge of sources, terms and concepts required for theological engagement.
  • Have research, analysis and communication skills applicable to theological studies.
  • Will interpret a range of texts with awareness of context, implications and application to historical and or contemporary issues.
  • Apply relevant theological and hermeneutical skills in articulating insights into life, work and community.

Structure

The Graduate Diploma in Theology requires the completion of six units:

  • At least 45 points (three standard units) must be in Foundational studies, introducing candidates to three theological disciplines across two fields (typically Old Testament, New Testament, Systematic Theology, Church History, Pastoral Care, Mission or Spirituality).
  • The requirement for foundational units will be waived if evidence of previous equivalent study is provided.
  • Further points (usually 45 points or three standard units) from Foundational or Elective units (presuming that appropriate pre-requisites have been met).

A 12,000-word research essay can replace two of these units.


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Follow on study

Graduates may proceed to a Master of Arts (Theology) or a Master of Divinity. Graduates who have included a 12,000 word Research Essay in their course may be eligible to apply for admission to a higher degree by research.

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Graduate Diploma in Pastoral Care [GradDipPastCare]

The Graduate Diploma in Pastoral Care provides students with the opportunity and skills for reflective and critical engagement in the conversation between the ‘texts’ of (i) human experience, (ii) contemporary culture (iii) ministry or service or wider societal context and (iv) Christian scriptures and tradition. The purpose of this engagement is to encourage the development of relevant, flexible strategies for effective pastoral mission and practice in partnership with all those who seek to serve the world through individual or systemic practice.

The Graduate Diploma in Pastoral Care consists of 90 points comprised of:

  • 30 points in the discipline of Pastoral Theology and Ministry Studies.
  • A unit of Clinical Pastoral Education (30 points).
  • A further 30 points.

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Graduate Diploma in Spirituality [GDSp]

The Graduate Diploma in Spirituality allows students to explore their own spiritual experience in light of theological scholarship in spirituality.  It provides a substantial foundation for further study.  Graduates are able to articulate insights for Christian practice and identity.

Course learning outcomes

Graduates of the Graduate Diploma in Spirituality:

  1. have engaged with personal spiritual experience in light of key themes and approaches in spirituality;
  2. have skills and capacities in research, reflection and communication of key themes and approaches in spirituality;
  3. have knowledge of the dynamics of the spiritual life through reflection on personal spiritual experience, integrated with key themes and approaches in spirituality;
  4. apply key themes and approaches in Christian spirituality to understanding life, work and community.

Course structure

The Graduate Diploma in Spirituality consists of 90 points comprised of:

  • 60 points in the discipline of Spirituality
  • and a further 30 points

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Follow on study

Graduates may be eligible to proceed to a Master’s degree at the University of Divinity.

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Graduate Diploma in Divinity [GDDiv]

The Graduate Diploma in Divinity allows students to explore multiple areas of interest in divinity and its associated disciplines or to engage with one or two areas in depth. It serves as a foundation for study of theology or philosophy and disciplines which are associated with them.

Note: This award may be used as an exit point from eligible students enrolled in a Masters degree who meet the admission requirements.

Course learning outcomes

Graduates of the Graduate Diploma in Divinity

  1. have advanced knowledge in one or more areas of divinity and associated disciplines
  2. have research, analysis and communication skills applicable to postgraduate study
  3. apply skills of interpretation to texts or concepts
  4. apply judgement based on theory, practice and tradition to contemporary issues.

Course structure

The Graduate Diploma in Divinity consists of 90 points of Postgraduate Foundational or Postgraduate Elective units.


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Follow on study

Graduates may be eligible to proceed to a Masters award. Graduates who have included a Research Essay (12000 words) in their course may be eligible to apply for admission to a higher degree by research.

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Graduate Diploma in Supervision [GDS]

The Graduate Diploma in Supervision provides advanced multi-disciplinary knowledge and skills in the supervision of individuals and groups in the helping professions. Students learn to implement a range of approaches and methods to help supervisees reflect, learn, and nurture support structures in communities, all with a view to safe and sustainable practice. They exemplify and encourage a culture of self-care and care of others and acquire skills to manage a professional supervision practice.


Learning outcomes

Graduates of the Graduate Diploma in Supervision:

  1. have knowledge of advanced skills and processes of supervision within a theological, spiritual and ethical framework;
  2. apply theological reflection and contextual awareness to the process of self-evaluation in order to assist others to realistically assess their professional practice;
  3. apply a reasoned and coherent rationale for peer and group supervision in multi-disciplinary contexts;
  4. assist individuals, organisations and communities to discover and implement new and relevant ways of practice;
  5. apply the skills and processes of supervision in particular contexts (e.g. spiritual direction, chaplaincy, healthcare practice, pastoral ministry, education).

Course structure

The Graduate Diploma in Supervision consists of 144 points comprised of:

DP8015S The Art of Supervisory Practice (48 points)
DP9068S The Practice of Supervision: Practicum (48 points)
DP9017S Supervision in Spiritual Care using Critical Reflection (24 points)
DP9010S Engaging Diversity: Reflection, Discernment, Formation (24 points)

Please note, there are special entry requirements for this course.


Admission

An applicant for the Graduate Diploma in Supervision may only be admitted if he or she:

  1. a)  has completed a Statement Supporting Enrolment Form and an interview with a Graduate Diploma in Supervision course advisor; and
  2. b)  the course advisor certifies that the applicant
    1. i) have adequate experience of supervision as a supervisee
    2. ii)  has a reference from a supervisor that indicates a capacity for self-awareness
    3. iii)  have the relevant life experience to undertake the award.

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Graduates may be eligible to proceed to a Master’s degree at the University of Divinity.

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Master of Theological Studies [MTST]

Students can enrol into the Master of Theological Studies if they hold an undergraduate degree in any field from a recognised tertiary institution.

Course learning outcomes

Graduates of the Masters of Theological Studies:

  • have advanced knowledge of sources, terms and concepts required in theology and its related disciplines
  • have mastery of research principles and methods, including analytical and communication skills applicable to theology and its related disciplines
  • have advanced skills of interpretation and critical reflection on a range of theological and related disciplines, with awareness of implications and applications to historical and contemporary issues and contexts, in order to generate and evaluate ideas for professional practice and further learning
  • articulate and communicate knowledge and insights in theology and its related disciplines to specialist and non-specialist audiences
  • apply relevant theological and hermeneutical skills through the execution of a substantial research-based project, capstone experience, theological synthesis or supervised ministry project.

Course Structure

  1. At least three Foundational units from three disciplines in at least two Fields must be included. Students may include up to six Foundational units (each unit = 15 points).
  2. 180 points of Elective units, which must include either a 6000 word Capstone unit (15 points) or a 12,000 word research essay (30 points).
  3. Twelve units in total (180 points).
  4. Students have the option of exiting with a Graduate Diploma in Theology after successfully completing six units.

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Master of Theology (Coursework) [MThC]

The Master of Theology (Coursework) enables students with an undergraduate degree in theology or ministry to apply an advanced body of knowledge in theology and its associated disciplines. Students deepen their engagement with select areas of study to prepare them for professional practice and further learning. The completion of the Bachelor of Theology or the Bachelor of Ministry (or equivalent) with at least a credit average, is a pre-requisite to do the Master of Theology.

Course learning outcomes

Graduates of the Master of Theology (Coursework):

  1. have advanced knowledge of sources, terms and concepts required in theology and its related disciplines
  2. have mastery of research principles and methods, including analytical and communication skills applicable to theology and its related disciplines
  3. have advanced skills of interpretation and critical reflection on a range of theological and related disciplines, with awareness of implications and applications to historical and contemporary issues and contexts, in order to generate and evaluate ideas for professional practice and further learning
  4. articulate and communicate knowledge and insights in theology and its related disciplines to specialist and non-specialist audiences
  5. apply relevant theological and hermeneutical skills through the execution of a substantial research-based project, capstone experience, theological synthesis or supervised ministry project.

Structure

This degree requires the completion of ten semester units (or 150 points). Candidates may study full-time or part-time, for between three and ten semesters.

  1. Up to 2 Foundational units (may be zero).
  2. Elective units to make up 150 points which must include either one 6000 word Capstone unit worth at least 15 points (one unit), or a 16,000 Minor thesis worth at least 30 points (two units).

The Master of Theology (Coursework) structure allows students to include two Foundational units (30 points). This provides for students who missed study at undergraduate level to gain it in their postgraduate degree, such as in Biblical Languages, or in a specific discipline in Field D (such as Moral Theology). Students may take up to nine Elective units in the MTh, providing maximum flexibility for theological graduates to undertake continuing education, or to complete ministerial requirements. Students will be required to complete a Capstone unit worth at least 15 points.


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Master of Theology (Research) [MTheol]

CRICOS Code 011486D

 The degree of Master of Theology (MTheol) is a higher degree by research which aims to equip students with advanced research skills, and enable them to pursue focused study through research.  Candidates enrolled in the MTheol by major thesis will write a 40,000 word thesis. Those enrolled in the MTheol by minor thesis will complete two subjects of postgraduate coursework, and a minor thesis of 25,000 words. Every candidate must, in addition, successfully complete an approved subject in Research Methodologies.

Successful completion of the MTheol provides a pathway to doctoral studies at the University of Divinity. A student may also apply for their candidature to be upgraded to a doctoral candidature after 12 months of satisfactory masters candidature.

Entry Requirements

The MTheol is open to candidates who have completed a four-year Bachelor with Honours degree in an appropriate discipline, or the equivalent, with at least Distinction level Honours. Another entry path is open to those who have completed a graduate diploma in an appropriate discipline, including a 12,000 word research essay graded to at least 75%.

Duration

The minimum length of candidature is 12 months full-time, and the maximum length of candidature is 18 months full-time or three years part-time. One extension of six months may be granted to full-time candidates, and one extension of 12 months may be granted to part-time candidates.

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Master Pastoral Care (MPC)

The Master of Pastoral Care enables students to apply an advanced body of knowledge and skill in pastoral care in relation to broader theological studies. Students broaden their knowledge and skills and deepen their engagement with select areas of study to prepare themselves for professional practice and further learning.

Course learning outcomes

Graduates of the Master of Pastoral Care:

  1. have advanced knowledge of sources, terms and concepts required in pastoral care, and of the relation of pastoral care to broader theological studies
  2. have mastery of research principles and methods, including analytical skills applicable to pastoral care
  3. have advanced skills of interpretation and critical reflection on a range of approaches and methodologies in pastoral care, with awareness of implications and application to contemporary issues in professional ministry, in order to generate and evaluate ideas for professional practice and further learning
  4. articulate and communicate knowledge and insights in pastoral care to specialist and non-specialist audiences
  5. apply relevant skills in pastoral care through the execution of a substantial research-based project, capstone experience or piece of scholarship.

Course structure

The Master of Pastoral Care consists of 180 points comprised of:

  • 60 points of Foundational units comprised of: i) 30 points in the discipline of Biblical Studies; 15 points in the discipline of Systematic Theology; 15 points in the discipline of Pastoral Theology and Ministry Studies
  • 60 points of Elective units in the discipline of Pastoral Theology and Ministry Studies
  • 30 points of Praxis units
  • Either a Capstone unit of at least 15 points in the discipline of Pastoral Theology and Ministry Studies or in synthesis with it, or a Research Essay
  • Further Foundational, Elective, Praxis or Capstone units.

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Graduates who have completed a Research Essay at a specified standard may be eligible for admission to a higher degree by research.

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Master of Spirituality [MSp]

The Master of Spirituality enables students to acquire advanced understanding of the theological and spiritual foundations of spirituality, spiritual practice and spiritual growth, and to apply this knowledge of spiritual principles to individual and community life in the Christian tradition.

Course learning outcomes

Graduates of the Master of Spirituality:

  1. have advanced knowledge of the theological and spiritual foundations of spirituality, spiritual practice and spiritual growth in the Christian tradition, and of the relation of these to broader theological studies
  2. have mastery of skills to reflect critically on personal spiritual experience in the light of key themes, traditions and approaches in spirituality
  3. have communication and technical research skills to justify and interpret theoretical propositions and professional decisions about themes, traditions and approaches in spirituality
  4. apply knowledge of themes, traditions and approaches in spirituality with creativity and initiative to professional practice and further learning
  5. apply relevant theological and hermeneutical skills through the execution of a substantial research-based project, capstone experience or piece of scholarship.

Course Structure

The Master of Spirituality consists of 180 points comprised of:

  • 60 points of Foundational units in three disciplines from at least two fields including 30 points in the discipline of Spirituality
  • 60 points of Elective units in the discipline of Spirituality
  • 15 points of Elective units in any discipline
  • Either a Capstone unit of at least 15 points in the discipline of Spirituality or in synthesis with it, or a Research Essay
  • Further Foundational, Elective, Praxis or Capstone units

provided that at least 120 points are taken in the discipline of Spirituality.


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Master of Counselling

The Master of Counselling provides students with advanced professional skills for counselling ministry and for pastoral and spiritual formation. It nurtures the formation of professional identity and vision suitable for individual and relational counselling. The course equips graduates to engage in supportive and intensive therapies with psychological competence and theological congruence.

Students are exposed to traditional knowledge and contemporary developments in the theory and skills of counselling and psychotherapy. The Master of Counselling will provide opportunities for critical study and integration from personal, social and cultural perspectives and from the perspectives of pastoral theology, ministry, mission and service.


Streams

Unit choices and study outcomes are guided by the Master of Counselling streams

Stream 1: Counselling Accreditation
The Counselling accreditation stream is for students who enter Phase 1 of the Master of Counselling without a counselling qualification but with a relevant undergraduate degree in a field such as psychology or theology. The purpose of Phase 2 for these students is to build up your hours in supervised counselling, thereby enabling you to gain accreditation with one of the two peak counsellor accreditation bodies. View Steam 1 units here.

Stream 2: Professional Development
The Professional Development stream is for students who enter Phase 1 with enough study and hours of supervised counselling to gain accreditation as a counsellor from a professional industry body. These students have typically completed aifc’s Diploma of Counselling (Christian) and Advanced Diploma of Counselling and Family Therapy (Christian) before entering Phase 1 or the Master of Counselling. The purpose of Phase 2 enrolment is therefore to advance your level of professional accreditation as well as your knowledge and skills. View Steam 2 units here.

Stream 3: Research Formation
The Research stream is for students who have a sufficient number of accredited and supervised counselling hours to already have gained higher levels of accreditation with ACA or PACFA. The purpose of Phase 2 for these students is to test your capacities and be formed for research. View Steam 3 units here.


Course structure

All units are offered online with face-to-face seminars (delivered in Perth, Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne), readings, assessments and client practice hours. This is a full-time (one year) or part-time course consisting of 6 units at AQF level 9 (144 points):

  • 2 units in Supervised Counselling Practicum (24 points each)
  • 4 elective units (including theology/biblical studies, pastoral care, counselling, clinical pastoral education and supervision (24 points each)

Accreditation

Stirling Theological College is a member of The University of Divinity. The Master of Counselling is also accredited by ACA and PACFA.


Fees

The Master of Counselling requires completion of 6 standard postgraduate units (144 points). Fees for 2020 are $2,640 per standard unit or $15,840 for a full-time year (6 units).

Australian citizens and holders of a permanent humanitarian visa may defer the payment of fees through the FEE-HELP loan scheme. For more information about fees and FEE-HELP, please visit the Fees page.


How to Apply

To apply, please complete the admission form and forward to info@stirling.edu.au together with the following certified documents:

  • Proof of your citizenship this may be a full birth certificate, passport or citizenship certificate.
  • Proof of ID ie a driver’s license.
  • Transcripts of your previous study, such as a degree or diploma, certificate, VCE or other qualifications.

In addition to a successful interview, a minimum grade requirement and the applicant to having access to suitable clinical experience, admission to professionally accredited counselling courses requires demonstration of self-awareness, relational capacity, ethical practice, and mature life experience as outlined in www.pacfa.org.au.

Master of Divinity [M.Div.]

The Master of Divinity is a primary theological degree for students with a degree in another area. The Master of Divinity enables students to apply an advanced body of knowledge in divinity and its associated disciplines in ministry contexts. Students broaden their knowledge and skills to prepare them for professional practice and further learning.

Course learning outcomes

Graduates of the Master of Divinity:

  1. have advanced knowledge of sources, terms and concepts required in divinity and its related disciplines
  2. have mastery of research principles and methods, including analytical and communication skills applicable to divinity and its related disciplines
  3. have advanced skills of interpretation and critical reflection on a range of theological and related disciplines, with awareness of their implications and applications to historical and contemporary issues and contexts, in order to generate and evaluate ideas for professional practice and further learning
  4. articulate and communicate knowledge and insights in divinity and its related disciplines to specialist and non-specialist audiences
  5. apply relevant theological and hermeneutical skills through the execution of a substantial research-based project, theological synthesis, or supervised ministry project.

Course structure

The Master of Divinity consists of 270 points comprised of:

a)    not less than 105 points and not more than 120 points of Foundational units, including:

  • 30 points in at least one biblical or associated language
  • 30 points in field B
  • 30 points in field C
  • 15 points in field D

b)    not less than 105 points and not more than 150 points of Elective units, including:

  • 15 points in field B
  • 15 points in field C
  • 15 points in field D

c)    either a Capstone unit worth at least 15 points or a Research Essay.


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Graduates who have completed a Research Essay at a specified standard may be eligible for admission to a higher degree by research.

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Master of Philosophy

CRICOS Code 077752A

 The Master of Philosophy is a research program which provides an opportunity for candidates who might not have a prior theological degree to undertake advanced studies in cognate disciplines, such as history, ethics and philosophy. Candidates enrolled in the MPhil by major thesis write a 40,000 word thesis. Those enrolled in the MPhil by minor thesis complete two subjects of postgraduate coursework, and write a minor thesis of 25,000 words. Every candidate must, in addition, successfully complete an approved subject in Research Methodologies.

The MPhil offers a pathway to PhD studies. A student may also apply for their candidature to be upgraded from the MPhil to the PhD, after 12 months of satisfactory masters candidature.

Entry Requirements

The MPhil is open to candidates who have completed a four-year Bachelor (with Honours degree) in an appropriate discipline, or the equivalent, with at least Distinction level Honours. Another entry path is open to those who have completed a graduate diploma in an appropriate discipline, including a 12,000 word research essay graded to at least 75%.

Duration

The minimum length of candidature is 12 months full-time, and the maximum length of candidature is 18 months full-time or 3 years part-time. One extension of 6 months may be granted to full-time candidates, and one extension of 12 months may be granted to part-time candidates.

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Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE)

Placement in a hospital (clinical) setting offers the opportunity to develop skills in pastoral and spiritual care with people across the spectrum of society and to integrate one’s operational theology with the actual offering of care in situations of major and minor life transitions including birth and birthing, ageing, trauma, rehabilitation, mental health issues, dying and death. The clinical setting confronts people with the major questions of meaning and purpose and in meeting them in these profound places, the CPE student learns the possibilities for offering effective pastoral care.

While all hospital based CPE Centres have placements in the clinical setting, several accept students with external placements in a variety of settings, including aged care, mental health, community and schools. External placements offer students the opportunity to reflect on their experience as pastoral and spiritual caregivers in their current or intended area of pastoral practice.

 

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Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) is offered through the University of Divinity in partnership with ASACPEV (the Association for Supervised and Clinical Pastoral Education in Victoria, Inc).  The program is required by some churches for formal ministry accreditation or ordination, and is available to pastoral and spiritual carers. Most units are offered in hospital or clinical contexts, but some can be undertaken in a variety of ministry contexts. The CPE program is led by ASACPEV’s accredited supervisors.


CPE Units

Three CPE units are available at postgraduate level only:

DP9100S Clinical Pastoral Education Level 1

Enrolment in DP9100S requires the following co-requisite study:

In Undergraduate programs:
At least one unit at 2000 level or higher in CT AND at least one unit in DP AND at least one unit in Field B; AND demonstrated pastoral competence; AND a successful interview with the CPE Centre Director or delegate.

In Postgraduate programs:
At least one Unit in Field B or in CT AND One Unit in DP; AND demonstrated pastoral competence; AND a successful interview with the CPE Centre Director or delegate.

DP9273S Clinical Pastoral Education Level 2
DP9170S Clinical Pastoral Education (Specialist)

Enrolment in DP9273S and DP9170S requires the satisfactory completion of DP9100S Clinical Pastoral Education Level 1.

These are postgraduate units, which can be taken in undergraduate courses, such as the Bachelor of Ministry, Bachelor of Theology or the Advanced Diploma in Theology and Ministry, as well as in postgraduate courses. The units are taught at a postgraduate level so the postgraduate unit fee applies. CPE units cannot be audited. A full time unit is based on a 38-hour week.


Demands of the CPE Program

The CPE program demands much of students, both in time and emotional investment. Encounters with others can be challenging, as can the reflection on those encounters. The discipline of writing up journals, case studies and verbatims, enhances personal integration. Students who are new to hospital or healthcare settings, or multi-faith and multi-cultural settings may find these confronting. CPE is often reported as one of the most rewarding units taken by students.


Enrolling in CPE

Students interested in taking a unit of CPE should first speak with a Registrar at any of the University of Divinity Colleges.

Enrolments are managed through the University’s Colleges in conjunction with the University’s CPE Liaison Officer, Allison Whitby, who is located at Stirling Theological College. The CPE Liaison Officer can offer advise on who to contact at which CPE Centre, and the ASACPEV website can also guide students.

 

Contact Alison Whitby:
Email: awhitby@stirling.edu.au
Phone Number (Stirling Theological College): (03) 9790 1000

 

Students wishing to undertake CPE are required to follow application procedures, including an interview with a CPE Centre Director before they can be offered a place in the program. With the letter of offer, a student can then enrol in the required unit.