The University is renowned for its HDR graduates. Many graduates have gone on to academic positions in Australia and overseas, and the University has a success rate of more than 80% and a completion rate well above the national average.
The School of Graduate Research (SGR) fosters a high-quality learning environment for higher degree by research (HDR) students and their supervisors from pre-admission information through to post-candidature guidance and networking.
All higher degree by research students and their supervisors become members of the School of Graduate Research. Members are entitled to a range of programs to support their support their successful completion, including an orientation program, annual Research Conference, HREC training, Thesis Boot Camp, and Research Methodologies.
Research students have access to extensive library resources and to supervision by some of Australia’s best theologians.
The University of Divinity offers four higher degrees by research:
- Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
- Doctor of Theology (DTheol)
- Master of Philosophy (MPhil)
- Master of Theology (MTheol)
Applications and Admission
Applications for HDRs are considered twice per year. The following closing dates apply; complete applications are to be submitted to the Research Office.
Domestic Research Students
- 15 November for admission into Semester 1
- 15 April for admission into Semester 2
Overseas Research Students
- 15 April for admission into Semester 1 the following year
- 15 November for admission into Semester 2 the following year
What happens next?
Acceptance of offer
If your application is accepted, you will receive an admission letter from the University with the information you need to get started.
Successful applicants commence their candidature on the first day of the semester in which they are first enrolled. Successful overseas applicants must be in Australia and able to attend the orientation day for HDR candidates which is usually held one week prior to the first day of semester (mid-February for first semester commencement, mid-July for second semester commencement).
HDR students are admitted through one of the University’s Colleges. Each College has a Research Coordinator whose role is to provide applicants with advice, including guidance on eligibility, and to assist in the location of an appropriate supervisor. Applicants for an HDR should contact a Research Coordinator at one of the University’s Colleges in the first instance to discuss enrolment and the application process.