Doctor of Philosophy

Overseas student type

You are an overseas student if you are:

  • a temporary resident (visa status) of Australia,
  • a permanent resident (visa status) of New Zealand, or
  • a resident or citizen of any other country.

Conditions of study for this course

This course is available to overseas students residing in Australia and overseas students studying overseas.

  • If residing in Australia, you will require a visa that allows study and note any conditions specified.  These visas include;
      • You cannot study more than 1/3 of this course online.
  • If residing overseas, you will not require a visa to study this course.

Overview

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.

Course outcomes

Graduates of the Doctor of Philosophy:

  1. have 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
  2. have a substantial knowledge of research principles and methods applicable to the field of work or learning
  3. have 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 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
  4. 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
  5. have 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

The course of study for the Doctor of Philosophy consists of:

  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. Presentation of at least one seminar or conference paper of no less than 20 minutes’ duration prior to submission of the thesis.
  6. 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.

Colleges where this course is available

  • Australian Lutheran College

    Australian Lutheran College

    Lutheran
    Classroom, Online, Mixed modes
    North Adelaide SA
  • Catholic Theological College

    Catholic Theological College

    Roman Catholic
    Classroom, Online, Mixed modes
    East Melbourne VIC
  • Eva Burrows College

    Eva Burrows College

    The Salvation Army
    Classroom, Online, Mixed modes
    Ringwood VIC and Bexley North NSW
  • Morling College

    Morling College

    Baptist
    Classroom, Online, Mixed modes
    Macquarie Park NSW
  • Pilgrim Theological College

    Pilgrim Theological College

    Uniting Church in Australia
    Classroom, Online, Mixed modes
    Parkville VIC
  • St Athanasius College

    St Athanasius College

    Coptic Orthodox
    Classroom, Online, Mixed modes
    Donvale VIC and Melbourne VIC
  • Stirling Theological College

    Stirling Theological College

    Churches of Christ
    Classroom, Online, Mixed modes
    Mulgrave VIC
  • Trinity College Theological School

    Trinity College Theological School

    Anglican
    Classroom, Online, Mixed modes
    Parkville VIC
  • Whitley College

    Whitley College

    Baptist
    Classroom, Online, Mixed modes
    Parkville VIC
  • Yarra Theological Union

    Yarra Theological Union

    Roman Catholic
    Classroom, Online, Mixed modes
    Box Hill VIC
  • Australian Lutheran College
    Classroom, Online (Off-shore students only), Limited mixed modes
    North Adelaide SA
  • Catholic Theological College
    Classroom, Online (Off-shore students only), Limited mixed modes
    East Melbourne VIC
  • Eva Burrows College
    Classroom, Online (Off-shore students only), Limited mixed modes
    Ringwood VIC and Bexley North NSW
  • Morling College
    Classroom, Online (Off-shore students only), Limited mixed modes
    Macquarie Park NSW
  • Pilgrim Theological College
    Classroom, Online (Off-shore students only), Limited mixed modes
    Parkville VIC
  • St Athanasius College
    Classroom, Online (Off-shore students only), Limited mixed modes
    Donvale VIC and Melbourne VIC
  • Stirling Theological College
    Classroom, Online (Off-shore students only), Limited mixed modes
    Mulgrave VIC
  • Trinity College Theological School
    Classroom, Online (Off-shore students only), Limited mixed modes
    Parkville VIC
  • Whitley College
    Classroom, Online (Off-shore students only), Limited mixed modes
    Parkville VIC
  • Yarra Theological Union
    Classroom, Online (Off-shore students only), Limited mixed modes
    Box Hill VIC

    Duration

    The standard full-time duration of the Doctor of Philosophy is three years. The Doctor of Philosophy must be completed in not less than two years and not more than eight years from the date on which the course is commenced.

    Standard full-time 3 years
    Maximum part-time 8 years

    Admission criteria

    To be eligible for admission an applicant must satisfy the SGR 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 SGR 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 SGR 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.

    Fee summary

    In 2022 the tuition fee for a year of study in the PhD is $18,384 (full-time) or $9,192 (part-time).

    Fees are subject to change from year to year. For more information about fees, please visit the Fees page.

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