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. HDR 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.
- First semester 2019: Applications for domestic students close on 15 November 2018. Overseas student applications closed on 15 April 2018.
- Second semester 2019: Applications for domestic students close on 15 April 2019. Overseas student applications close on 15 November 2018.
- First semester 2020: Applications for domestic students close on 15 November 2019. Overseas student applications close on 15 April 2019.
- Second semester 2020: Applications for domestic students close on 15 April 2020. Overseas student applications close on 15 November 2019.
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 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.
Course fees are set each year by the Council of the University.
Eligible students (prospective and current) may apply for a competitive Research Fee Scholarship and / or a Research Stipend Scholarship. Find out more about Research Grants and Research Scholarships.