Higher Degree Research

Graduate Certificate in Research Methodology

CRICOS:
N/A
[GCRM]
DURATION:
2 years part-time
STUDY MODE:
In-Class
Blended
INTAKE PERIOD:
February
July

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.

What you will learn

  • Working knowledge of terms, assumptions and approaches to research that are current in selected theological disciplines.
  • Familiarity with research methods, protocols, practices and ethics.
  • How to apply focussed research methods towards complex research issues.
  • Writing and communication skills to the presentation of research results.

Course structure

The Graduate Certificate in Research Methodology consists of 3 units (72 points):

  • a unit in research methodology worth 24 points
  • RQ9748M Minor Thesis
    Information regarding the Minor Thesis may be found in the Minor Thesis Policy.

View the Timetable for current units offered.
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Download the Graduate Certificate in Research Methodology Course Planner to map out your studies.


Entry Requirements and Admission

Successful completion of an undergraduate degree, or an approved equivalent.

Have questions about the course or application process?
Call us on (03) 9790 1000
Enquire online here
Apply for admission here


Course Cost

View unit fees and payment options here.
Students who are Australian citizens or holders of a permanent humanitarian visa are eligible for FEE-HELP.


Further Opportunities

Upon successful completion, graduates may proceed to:

  • the Master of Theology
  • the Doctor of Theology
  • the Master of Philosophy
  • the Doctor of Philosophy

Accreditation

This course is accredited by the University of Divinity, which is constituted by the University of Divinity Act 1910 of the Parliament of Victoria. View the regulations here.

Doctor of Ministry

Stirling has partnered with Abilene Christian University, Texas, to provide the Doctor of Ministry program.

CRICOS:
N/A
[D.Min]
DURATION:
3 years full-time or
equivalent part-time
STUDY MODE:
Self-directed
Face-to-face
APPLICATION DEADLINE:
1 December

The Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) is an advanced professional degree designed to enhance your practice as a ministerial leader. We offer tools to sharpen your leadership skills, refine your theological reflection, and nurture the deep spiritual formation necessary to sustain a God-shaped ministry in diverse cultural contexts.

Combining academic rigour with praxis, the D.Min. serves scholar-practitioners in a wide array of leadership roles such as congregational ministry, missions, church planting, chaplaincy and non-profit organizations.

The program is flexible, with residency periods occurring just twice a year. This allows you to attend classes for only brief periods each year while still remaining rooted in your home and ministry context. The partnership allows you to complete ACU’s D.Min. degree with only two trips to Abilene, Texas, plus an optional third trip for graduation ceremonies. The remainder of your classes will be offered online or at Stirling’s campus in Melbourne (learn more). Additionally, the program incorporates faculty and thesis advisors from both Stirling and Abilene Christian University.


Dual Enrolment

The Doctor of Ministry program offers 6 dual units with Abilene Christian University and Stirling. These units fulfil the Doctor of Ministry’s ‘ministry elective’ requirement:

  • Christian Leadership Development
  • Christian Spiritual Formation
  • Missional Ecclesiology
  • Leading Change in Christian Organizations
  • Culture, Context, and Community
  • Forming Communities of Faith

Watch the Doctor of Ministry Duel Enrolment video


Course Cost

View course cost and payment options here.

View Stirling unit fees and payment options here.
Students who are Australian citizens or holders of a permanent humanitarian visa are eligible for FEE-HELP.


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Doctor of Theology [DTheol]

CRICOS:
011485E
[DTheol]
DURATION:
3 years full-time or
equivalent part-time
STUDY MODE:
Self-directed
INTAKE PERIOD:
April
November

The Doctor of Theology is a higher degree by research in divinity. The purpose of the Doctor of Theology is to qualify individuals who apply a substantial body of knowledge to research, investigate and develop new knowledge, in one or more areas of investigation, scholarship or professional practice.

Candidates present their research in a 100,000 word thesis. Research is self-directed with regular input from the supervisor(s). Candidates are also expected to take an active role in postgraduate seminars.

What you will learn

  • A substantial body of knowledge at the frontier of a field of work or learning within divinity, including knowledge that constitutes an original contribution to the field
  • Substantial knowledge of research principles and methods applicable to the field of work or learning
  • Expert cognitive, technical and creative skills to use intellectual independence to think critically, analyse and evaluate existing knowledge and ideas, undertake systematic investigation, reflect on theory and practice to generate original knowledge within divinity, and demonstrate expert understanding of theoretical knowledge and to reflect critically on that theory and its application
  • How to apply knowledge and skills with intellectual independence, and with responsibility and accountability, to plan and execute an ongoing program of original research, and to understand explicit and implicit ethical considerations to the formulation of a research project
  • Skills to present cogently a complex investigation of originality or original research for external examination against international standards, and to communicate research results to peers and the community.

Course Structure

  • Submission of an annual report throughout the duration of candidature.
  • Satisfactory completion of confirmation of candidature.
  • Where relevant, satisfactory completion of requirements of the Human Research Ethics Committee.
  •  Attendance and participation in a minimum of 8 hours of research seminars at the University and either a University Research Conference or a research conference approved by the candidate’s College during each year of candidature. Satisfactory completion of these requirements must be certified by the College on the candidate’s annual report.
  • Presentation of at least one seminar or conference paper of no less than 20 minutes’ duration prior to submission of the thesis.
  • Preparation of a thesis for examination.

DTheol candidates present their research in a thesis of not more 100,000 words which is examined by at least two external examiners.


Entry Requirements and Admission

To be eligible for admission, an applicant must satisfy the Research Committee that they have completed one of the following awards at the University of Divinity, or an equivalent award in divinity at another higher education provider recognised by the Academic Board, to the following standard:

a)   a Masters by research with a 75% average, or where a mark is not available, examiners’ reports which indicate to the satisfaction of the Research Committee that the candidate is adequately prepared for doctoral research; or

b)   a Masters by coursework with a 75% average; or

c)    a Graduate Diploma with a 75% average; or

d)   a four year undergraduate degree with Honours with a 75% average.

An applicant must also satisfy the Research Committee that they have completed a research essay or thesis of at least 12,000 words graded at or above 75%. The research essay or thesis may have been completed either within one of the awards listed above or as part of another program of study.

Upon admission, the applicant becomes a member of the School of Graduate Research.

International students:
Please read the entry requirements and follow the admission process for international students here.

Have questions about the course or application process?
Call us on (03) 9790 1000
Enquire online here
Apply for admission here


Course Cost

View unit fees and payment options here.
Students who are Australian citizens or holders of a permanent humanitarian visa are eligible for FEE-HELP.


Accreditation

This course is accredited by the University of Divinity, which is constituted by the University of Divinity Act 1910 of the Parliament of Victoria. View the regulations here.

Doctor of Philosophy

CRICOS:
037861E
[PhD]
DURATION:
3 years full-time or
equivalent part-time
STUDY MODE:
Self-directed
Face-to-face
INTAKE PERIOD:
April
November

The Doctor of Philosophy is a higher degree by research in divinity or one or more of its associated disciplines. The purpose of the Doctor of Philosophy is to qualify individuals who apply a substantial body of knowledge to research, investigate and develop new knowledge, in one or more areas of investigation, scholarship or professional practice.

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.

What you will learn

  • A substantial body of knowledge at the frontier of a field of work or learning within divinity or one or more of its associated disciplines, including knowledge that constitutes an original contribution to the field
  • Substantial knowledge of research principles and methods applicable to the field of work or learning
  • have expert cognitive, technical and creative skills to use intellectual independence to think critically, analyse and evaluate existing knowledge and ideas, undertake a systematic investigation, reflect on theory and practice to generate original knowledge within divinity or one or more of its associated disciplines, and demonstrate expert understanding of theoretical knowledge and to reflect critically on that theory and its application
  • How to apply knowledge and skills with intellectual independence, and with responsibility and accountability, to plan and execute an ongoing program of original research, and to understand explicit and implicit ethical considerations to the formulation of a research project
  • Skills to present cogently a complex investigation of originality or original research for external examination against international standards, and to communicate research results to peers and the community.

Course Structure

  • Submission of an annual report throughout the duration of candidature.
  • Satisfactory completion of confirmation of candidature.
  • Where relevant, satisfactory completion of requirements of the Human Research Ethics Committee.
  •  Attendance and participation in a minimum of 8 hours of research seminars at the University and either a University Research Conference or a research conference approved by the candidate’s College during each year of candidature. Satisfactory completion of these requirements must be certified by the College on the candidate’s annual report.
  • Presentation of at least one seminar or conference paper of no less than 20 minutes’ duration prior to submission of the thesis.
  • Preparation of a thesis for examination.

PhD candidates present their research in a thesis of not more 100,000 words which is examined by at least two external examiners.


Entry Requirements and Admission

To be eligible for admission an applicant must satisfy the Research Committee that he or she has completed one of the following awards at the University of Divinity to the specified standard, or an equivalent award in divinity or its associated disciplines at another higher education provider recognised by the Academic Board to an equivalent standard:

a)   a Masters by research with a 75% average, or where a mark is not available, examiners’ reports which indicate to the satisfaction of the Research Committee that the candidate is adequately prepared for doctoral research; or

b)   a Masters by coursework with a 75% average; or

c)    a Graduate Diploma with a 75% average; or

d)   a four year undergraduate degree with Honours with a 75% average.

An applicant must also satisfy the Research Committee that he or she has completed a research essay or thesis of at least 12,000 words graded at or above 75%. The research essay or thesis may have been completed either within one of the awards listed above or as part of another program of study.

Upon admission, the applicant becomes a member of the School of Graduate Research.

International students:
Please read the entry requirements and follow the admission process for international students here.

Have questions about the course or application process?
Call us on (03) 9790 1000
Enquire online here
Apply for admission here


Course Cost

View unit fees and payment options here.
Students who are Australian citizens or holders of a permanent humanitarian visa are eligible for FEE-HELP.


Accreditation

This course is accredited by the University of Divinity, which is constituted by the University of Divinity Act 1910 of the Parliament of Victoria. View the regulations here.

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.

Click here for regulations.

Master of Philosophy

CRICOS:
077752A
[MPhil]
DURATION:
18 months full-time or
equivalent part-time
STUDY MODE:
Face-to-face
INTAKE PERIOD:
April
November

The Master of Philosophy is a higher degree by research in divinity or one or more of its associated disciplines and is designed for individuals who bring a foundation within this disciplinary range. The purpose of the Master of Philosophy is to qualify individuals to apply an advanced body of knowledge in divinity or one or more of its associated disciplines in a range of contexts and to provide a pathway for possible further learning.

What you will learn

  • Have a body of knowledge in a field of study within divinity or one or more of its associated disciplines that includes the understanding of recent developments within this field
  • How to apply advanced knowledge and skills to plan and execute a substantial piece of research
  • Cognitive, technical and creative skills to generate and evaluate complex ideas and concepts in a field of study within divinity or one or more of its associated disciplines and to reflect critically on them
  • Cognitive skills in, and mastery of, research principles and methods applicable to the field in which the research has been carried out
  • Skills to present a coherent and sustained argument and to communicate research results to specialist and non-specialist audiences.

Course Structure

  1. Submission of an annual report throughout the duration of candidature.
  2. Satisfactory completion of confirmation of candidature.
  3. Where relevant, satisfactory completion of requirements of the Human Research Ethics Committee.
  4.  Attendance and participation in a minimum of 8 hours of research seminars at the University and either a University Research Conference or a research conference approved by the candidate’s College during each year of candidature. Satisfactory completion of these requirements must be certified by the College on the candidate’s annual report.
  5. Preparation of a thesis of up to 40,000 words for examination.

Entry Requirements and Admission

To be eligible for admission you must have completed one of the following awards at the University of Divinity to the specified standard, or an equivalent award in divinity or its associated disciplines at another higher education provider recognised by the Academic Board to an equivalent standard:

a)   a Masters by coursework with a 75% average; or

b)   a Graduate Diploma with a 75% average; or

c)    a four year undergraduate degree with Honours with a 75% average.

An applicant must also satisfy the Research Committee that he or she has completed a research essay or thesis of at least 12,000 words graded at or above 75%. The research essay or thesis may have been completed either within one of the awards listed above or as part of another program of study.

Upon admission, the applicant becomes a member of the School of Graduate Research.

Have questions about the course or application process?
Call us on (03) 9790 1000
Enquire online here
Apply for admission here


Course Cost

View unit fees and payment options here.
Students who are Australian citizens or holders of a permanent humanitarian visa are eligible for FEE-HELP.


Further Opportunities

Graduates who have completed a Research Essay at a specified standard may be eligible for admission to a higher degree by research, including the Doctor of Philosophy.

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.


Accreditation

This course is accredited by the University of Divinity. View the regulations here.