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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 by exegeted research project which requires completion of a substantial project accompanied by a written exegesis of at least 20,000 words.
  • FeesFees are charged per semester. In 2020 the total cost of an MPhil of standard duration (three semesters full-time or six semesters part-time) is $18,432. 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 2021 close on 15 November 2020. Applications for admission to commence in second semester 2021 close on 15 April 2021.

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

Semester 1

  • BA8791B Interpreting the Hebrew Bible

  • BN9796B A Narrative Study of the Gospel of Mark

  • CT8722B Critical Thinking for Theology

  • CT9749B Humanity 3.0: Theological Responses to Trans-, Post- and Antihumanism

  • CT9797B The Triune God

  • DL8798B Worship and Preaching: Essentials

  • DM8113B Mission Foundations

  • DP8795B Leadership: Task and Challenge

  • DP9746B Transformational Leadership in Ministry

  • DS8793B An Introduction to Spiritual Formation

Semester 2

  • BN8701B Interpreting the New Testament

  • BN9744B Lukan Literature

  • CH8291B Introduction to Christian History

  • CT8701B Introduction to Christian Theology

  • CT9739B Imagined Futures in Popular Culture

  • DM9193B Social and Community Mission 1

  • DP8147B Reflective Practice for Vocational Formation

  • DP8704B Introduction to Pastoral Theology and Ministry

  • DP9715B Pastoral and Spiritual Care of Older People

  • XX9735B Capstone Integrative Project

Semester: Full Year

  • DP9121B Supervised Theological Field Education

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

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