Colleges where it can be studied
- Australian Lutheran College
- Catholic Theological College
- Morling College
- Pilgrim Theological College
- St Athanasius College
- Whitley College
- Yarra Theological Union
Level 10 – Doctoral Degree
The standard full-time duration of the Doctor of Theology is three years. The Doctor of Theology must be completed in not less than two years and not more than eight years from the date on which the course is commenced.
Cost of study
In 2019 the tuition fee for a year of study in the DTheol is $17,088 (full-time) or $8,544 (part-time).
Fees are subject to change from year to year. For more information about fees, please visit the Fees page.
What this course is about
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.
Course learning outcomes
Graduates of the Doctor of Theology:
- have 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
- have a 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 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
- 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
- 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.
Follow on study
- Applications for admission to commence in first semester 2020 close on 15 November 2019
- Applications for admission to commence in second semester 2020 close on 15 April 2020
- Applications for admission to commence in second semester 2020 close on 15 November 2019
- Applications for admission to commence in first semester 2021 close on 15 April 2020
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 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.
How to apply
DTheol candidates present their research in a thesis of not more 100,000 words which is examined by at least two external examiners. All candidates must attend a minimum of 8 hours of research seminars each year at the University and either a University Research Day or a research conference each year.
Black Doctoral gown faced with hood colour
Black velvet bonnet
Where to get further information
- For detailed information about this course, please consult Regulation 9 Doctor of Theology, or talk to the course advisor at your chosen College.
- For further information about student support, please visit the Study page.
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