Master of Theology (Research)

Summary information

Course title

Master of Theology (Research)





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


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 MTheol are charged per semester. In 2018 the total cost of an MTheol of standard duration (three semesters full-time or six semesters part-time) is $16,788. 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 second semester 2017 close on 15 April 2017 and applications for admission to commence in first semester 2018 close on 15 November 2017.

Overseas students: Applications for admission to commence in first semester 2018 close on 15 April 2017 and applications for admission to commence in second semester 2018 close on 15 November 2017.

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

There are two streams in the Master of Theology. All candidates must attend a minimum of 8 hours of research seminars each year at the University and either a University Research Day or a research conference each year.

The MTheol by major thesis requires submission for examination of a thesis of 40,000 words.

The MTheol by minor thesis requires completion of two postgraduate coursework units and submission for examination of a thesis of 25,000 words.

A thesis submitted for the MTheol is examined by two examiners external to the University of Divinity.

Academic dress

Academic gown

Black Masters gown


Black trencher



Where to get further information

Enquiry information

  • 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 your course.