Summary information





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
  • Whitley College
  • Yarra Theological Union
Overseas students


AQF level

Level 9 – Masters Degree

Study load
  • Part-time
  • Full-time
Study mode
  • Face-to-face

The standard full-time duration of the Master of Theology is eighteen months. The Master of Theology 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 Theology are charged per semester. In 2020 the total cost of a Master of Theology 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.

Detailed information

What this course is about

The Master of Theology (Research) is a higher degree by research in divinity, designed for individuals who bring a foundation in divinity. The purpose of the Master of Theology (Research) is to qualify individuals to apply an advanced body of knowledge in divinity in a range of contexts and to provide a pathway for possible further learning.

Course learning outcomes

Graduates of the Master of Theology (Research):

  1. have a body of knowledge in a field of study within divinity 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 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.
Follow on study

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


Admission dates

Domestic students:

  • 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

Overseas students:

  • 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
Admission criteria

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.

How to apply

How to Enrol

Course structure

The course of study for the Master of Theology (Research) 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 Day 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.

Academic dress

Academic gown

Black Masters gown


Black trencher



Where to get further information

Enquire about this course

  • Please select the relevant student option. If you intend to apply for admission as an overseas student, refer to the field "Overseas students" in the summary information provided at the top of this page to check if it is possible for this course.