Master 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 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.

Course outcomes

Graduates of the Master of Philosophy:

  1. 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
  2. apply advanced knowledge and skills to plan and execute a substantial piece of research
  3. have 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
  4. have cognitive skills in, and mastery of, research principles and methods applicable to the field in which the research has been carried out
  5. have skills to present a coherent and sustained argument and to communicate research results to specialist and non-specialist audiences.

Course structure

The course of study for the Master of Philosophy by major thesis 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. Preparation of a thesis of up to 40,000 words for examination.

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 Master of Philosophy is eighteen months. The Master of Philosophy must be completed in not less than one year and not more than four years from the date on which the course is commenced.

    Standard full-time 1.5 years
    Maximum part-time 4 years

    Pathways to future study

    Graduates may be eligible for admission to the Doctor of Philosophy.

    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 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 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 Master of Philosophy 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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