Applications for admission to a Higher Degree by Research can be made at any time.
Once you have completed all the requirements for admission, please forward your application to School of Graduate Research Office. Applications will be considered at the next available meeting. There will be four commencement dates annually (February, May, August and October), and if you are accepted into an award you will be advised of possible start dates.
How to apply
Step 1: Select a course
The University of Divinity offers two higher degrees by research:
- Master of PhilosophyDuration1.5 years full-time,
Up to 4 years part-timeModesClassroom, Mixed, OnlineColleges & SchoolsAvailable at 10 Colleges and Schools
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.
- Doctor of PhilosophyDuration3 years full-time,
Up to 8 years part-timeModesClassroom, Mixed, OnlineColleges & SchoolsAvailable at 10 Colleges and Schools
The Doctor of Philosophy is a higher degree by research in divinity or one or more of its associated disciplines. The purpose of the Doctor of Philosophy 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.
Step 2: Check admission criteria
The requirements for admission to each course of study are stated in the Regulation and associated Determination which govern that award. Check the relevant course page to ensure that you meet the requirements for your chosen course.
- Domestic applicants with overseas qualifications
Domestic applicants with overseas qualifications are eligible to apply if their prior studies were taken at a Recognised Institution of the University (please see Regulation 2 Determination 12).
- English language proficiency requirements
English Language Proficiency Requirements detailed in the Admissions Policy (section 6) apply to all applicants for coursework and higher degree by research awards at the University, and to applicants for single units.
Step 3: Select a College
We are a collegiate University. This means each student studies at the University through one of its Colleges. The College is your primary learning community and will provide you with course advice and support services throughout your studies. Our Colleges cover a wide range of Christian traditions and places. The choice of a College might depend on your own faith tradition, where you live, or which course you want to study; each College offers a different selection of the University’s courses.
Step 4: Attend an interview
It is a requirement that all students attend an admissions interview with an academic advisor at a College. This will be a Research Coordinator in the case of higher degree by research applicants. The interview may be conducted by telephone or email or similar means. The purpose of the interview is to help you choose the right course, to ensure you meet the admission requirements, and to plan a program of study appropriate to your course and your needs.
Step 5: Prepare a research proposal
A proposal is the first stage in the research process and needs to be submitted with your application form.
Step 6: Complete and submit form(s)
Download and complete the relevant admission form if you are new to the University or are applying for admission into a new course. Complete the form, following the instructions carefully.
You will need to submit the completed form(s), together with supporting documentation (either originals or certified copies) to the Registrar of the School of Graduate Research before the relevant closing date.
- Admission Form for Domestic Higher Degree by Research Students
- Admission Form for Overseas Higher Degree by Research Student
- Proposed HDR Supervisor Form (required by all applicants for research degrees)
Depending on your chosen course of study, you may also need to complete an additional form to accompany your application form admission. Check with the Registrar of the School of Graduate Research for more information about the forms you need to complete.
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.
Payment of fees
For full details on fees and how to pay, please see the Fees page.
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).
Help and assistance
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.