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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.

The course of study for the Master of Philosophy by major thesis consists of:
1. Submission of an annual report throughout the duration of candidature.
2. Satisfactory completion of confirmation of candidature.
3. Where relevant, satisfactory completion of requirements of the Human Research Ethics Committee.
4. Attendance and participation in a minimum of 8 hours of research seminars at he University and either a University Research Conference or a research conference approved by the candidate's College during each year of candidature. Satisfactory completion of these requirements must be certified by the College on the candidate's annual report.
5. Preparation of a thesis of up to 40,000 words for examination.

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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.
  • StructureThe course of study for the Master of Philosophy by major thesis consists of: 1. Submission of an annual report throughout the duration of candidature. 2. Satisfactory completion of confirmation of candidature. 3. Where relevant, satisfactory completion of requirements of the Human Research Ethics Committee. 4. Attendance and participation in a minimum of 8 hours of research seminars at the University and either a University Research Conference or a research conference approved by the candidate's College during each year of candidature. Satisfactory completion of these requirements must be certified by the College on the candidate's annual report. 5. Preparation of a Thesis of up to 40,000 words for examination.
  • FeesIn 2022 the tuition fee for a year of study in the Master of Philosophy is $18,384 (full-time) or $9,192 (part-time).
  • Admission CriteriaTo be eligible for admission an applicant must satisfy the SGR 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 SGR 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. Upon admission, the applicant becomes a member of the School of Graduate Research.
  • Admission DatesApplications for admission to a Research Higher Degree can be made at any time.

The Master of Philosophy 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)

Course 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. Summer School

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  • DS8193B An Introduction to Spiritual Formation

Semester: 2. Semester 1

  • BA9392B Eighth Century Prophetic Voices

  • BN8301B Interpreting the New Testament

  • BN9397B Johannine Literature: Narratives and Perspectives

  • CT8128B Futurism and Theology: key issues

  • CT9126B Christ and Salvation

  • CT9296B Foundations of Wesleyan Theology

  • DM8113B Mission Foundations

  • DP8304B Introduction to Pastoral Theology and Ministry

Semester: 3. Winter School

  • CT8301B Introduction to Christian Theology

  • DM9193B Social and Community Mission 1

Semester: 4. Semester 2

  • BA8391B Interpreting the Hebrew Bible

  • BA9123B Deutero-Isaiah

  • CH8291B Introduction to Christian History

  • CT9149B Humanity 3.0: Theological Responses to Trans-, Post- and Antihumanism

  • CT9298B The Theology of Catherine Booth in its Historical and Contemporary Contexts

  • DL9115B Preaching and Narrative

  • DM3118B Mission in an Ethnically and Culturally Diverse Australia

  • DP8147B Reflective Practice for Vocational Formation

  • DP8195B Introduction to Leadership in Ministry

  • DP9303B Children's Ministry

  • XX9135B Capstone Integrative Project

Semester: 5. Full Year

  • DP9121B Supervised Theological Field Education

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

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