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MPhil Master of Philosophy

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.

There are two streams in the Master of Philosophy. 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 MPhil by major thesis requires submission for examination of a thesis of 40,000 words.
- The MPhil by minor thesis requires completion of two postgraduate coursework units and submission for examination of a thesis of 25,000 words.

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

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  • DurationThe standard full-time duration is eighteen months. The Master of Philosophy must be completed in not less than one year and not more than four years from the date on which the course is commenced.
  • StructureMajor Thesis 40,000 words OR Minor Thesis 25,000 words and 2 postgraduate coursework units
  • FeesFees are charged per semester. In 2019 the total cost of an MPhil of standard duration (three semesters full-time or six semesters part-time) is $17,136. The actual total cost of the course may vary as fees change each year, and if the period of enrolment exceeds the standard duration.
  • Admission CriteriaTo 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.
  • Admission DatesFor domestic students applications for admission to commence in first semester 2019 close on 15 November 2018 and applications for admission to commence in second semester 2019 close on 15 April 2019.

The Master of Theology (Research) is an AQF Level 9 Award. It is
- fully accredited through the University of Divinity
- qualifies for Austudy and FEE-HELP assistance 
- available to overseas students (CRICOS Code 077752A)
- available on campus only

Course learning outcomes

Graduates of the Master of Philosophy
- have a body of knowledge in a field of study within divinity or one or more of its associated disciplines that includes the understanding of recent developments within this field
- apply advanced knowledge and skills to plan and execute a substantial piece of research
- have cognitive, technical and creative skills to generate and evaluate complex ideas and concepts in a field of study within divinity or one or more of its associated disciplines and to reflect critically on them
- have cognitive skills in, and mastery of, research principles and methods applicable to the field in which the research has been carried out
- have skills to present a coherent and sustained argument and to communicate research results to specialist and non-specialist audiences.

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Master of Philosophy summary information (opens to the external University of Divinity site)

Application for the Master of Philosophy is made to the Registrar. The Registrar can be contacted on +61 3 9847 5432 and by email at registrar@ebc.edu.au

Semester 1

  • AL9509T New Testament Greek B

  • BA8391B Interpreting the Hebrew Bible

  • BA9724B Pentateuch

  • CH9125B Christianity in Australian History

  • CH9725B Christianity in Australian History

  • CT8301B Introduction to Christian Theology

  • CT8701B Introduction to Christian Theology

  • CT8722B Critical Thinking for Theology

  • CT9296B Foundations of Wesleyan Theology

  • CT9795B Salvation Today

  • DA8106B Vocational Formation in Social and Community Services

  • DA8108B Vocational Formation in Faith Communities

  • DL8798B Worship and Preaching: Essentials

  • DP8304B Introduction to Pastoral Theology and Ministry

  • DP8704B Introduction to Pastoral Theology and Ministry

Semester 2

  • BA9134B The Psalms: songs for all times

  • BA9734B The Psalms: songs for all times

  • BN8301B Interpreting the New Testament

  • BN8701B Interpreting the New Testament

  • BN9397B Johannine Literature: Narratives and Perspectives

  • BN9797B Johannine Literature: Narratives and Perspectives

  • CH8291B Introduction to Christian History

  • CH8791B Introduction to Christian History

  • CT8728B Futurism and Theology: key issues

  • DM8713B Mission Foundations

  • DM9193B Social and Community Mission 1

  • DP8195B Leadership: Task and Challenge

  • DS8793B An Introduction to Spiritual Formation

Semester: Full Year

  • DA9121B Supervised Theological Field Education

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

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