Colleges where it can be studied
- Australian Lutheran College
- Catholic Theological College
- Eva Burrows College
- Morling College
- Pilgrim Theological College
- St Athanasius College
- Stirling Theological College
- Trinity College Theological School
- Whitley College
- Yarra Theological Union
Level 9 – Masters Degree
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.
Cost of study
Fees for the Master of Philosophy are charged per semester. In 2020 the total cost of a Master of Philosophy of standard duration (three semesters full-time or six semesters part-time) is $18,432. The actual total cost of the course may vary as fees change each year, and if the period of enrolment exceeds the standard duration.
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 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 learning outcomes
Graduates of the Master of Philosophy:
- 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
- apply advanced knowledge and skills to plan and execute a substantial piece of research
- 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
- have cognitive skills in, and mastery of, research principles and methods applicable to the field in which the research has been carried out
- have skills to present a coherent and sustained argument and to communicate research results to specialist and non-specialist audiences.
Follow on study
Graduates may be eligible for admission to the Doctor of Philosophy.
- Applications for admission to commence in second semester 2020 close on 15 April 2020
- Applications for admission to commence in first semester 2021 close on 15 November 2020
- Applications for admission to commence in first semester 2021 close on 15 April 2020
- Applications for admission to commence in second semester 2021 close on 15 November 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 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.
How to apply
The course of study for the Master of Philosophy by major thesis consists of:
- 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.
- Preparation of a thesis of up to 40,000 words for examination.
Black Masters gown
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Where to get further information
- For detailed information about this course, please consult Regulation 38 Master of Philosophy, 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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