Postgraduate Research

The purpose of postgraduate studies in theology is to provide an enriching and enhancing education for students at an advanced academic level. In personal terms, this means a deeper acquaintance with and knowledge of one’s particular Christian tradition and its faith, leading to a richer encounter with life, and a more profound sense of God and His purposes for humanity and creation.

Professionally, this means the further development of knowledge and experience in a theological discipline, and the honing of critical skills within that discipline for the purposes of teaching, ministry, research and writing, and inter-disciplinary dialogue.

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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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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Doctor of Theology [DTheol]

CRICOS Code 011485E

 Doctor of Theology candidates present their research in a 100,000 word thesis. Each candidate is first admitted to probationary candidature, and has their project assessed by a Confirmation Panel no later than 12 months into their candidature. Each candidate must also enrol in an approved subject in Research Methodologies. The DTheol is a research-only program. Study is self-directed, but with regular input from the supervisor(s). Candidates are also expected to take an active role in postgraduate seminars.

Entry Requirements

The DTheol is open to candidates who have completed a four-year Bachelor with Honours degree in an appropriate discipline as determined by the Academic Board, , with at least Distinction level Honours.

Assessment Methods

Two examiners, external to the institution, examine the thesis. At least one of these examiners will be based overseas.

Duration

The length of candidature for the DTheol is three years of full-time study, or the part-time equivalent. One extension of up to 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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Doctor of Philosophy [PhD]

CRICOS Code 037861E

 The PhD is designed to enable approved candidates to interact with the discipline of theology by building on studies undertaken in their previous degree, usually in other disciplines. PhD candidates at the University of Divinity may present their research in one of three approved ways: a 100,000 word thesis; a publications portfolio, or an exegeted research project. Details can be found in Regulation 26.1.8. Each candidate is first admitted to probationary candidature, and must have their project assessed by a Confirmation Panel no later than 12 months into candidature. Each candidate must also enrol in an approved subject in Research Methodologies.

Entry Requirements

The PhD is open to candidates who have completed a 4-year Bachelor with Honours degree in an appropriate discipline as determined by the Academic Board, with at least Distinction level Honours.

Assessment Methods

The thesis, whether presented as a single body of work, or a publications portfolio, will have two examiners (external to the institution) examine the thesis. At least one of these examiners will be based overseas.

Duration

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