Research Essay (48 points)


Rev. Dr Kevin Lenehan (coordinator)
Semesters 1 & 2, 2019
Day and time to be negotiated
The purpose of the Research Essay is to demonstrate advanced theoretical knowledge in one or more disciplines and to assess the capacity of the candidate to undertake further independent research and learning. Students undertaking the extended Research Essay will be expected to show advanced cognitive, technical and communication skills that enable them to review, consolidate, synthesise and evaluate critically a broad body of knowledge. Students undertake their research with a suitably qualified supervisor in the chosen discipline of study.

Eligible students may apply to enrol in a Research Essay either as a single subject enrolment or as part of a postgraduate coursework award. Students may elect to take the Research Essay in a single semester, or across two consecutive semesters. The Research Essay is 16,000-words in length, inclusive of all elements except its bibliography.

A student who receives a final mark of Distinction (75%) or above may, subject to meeting all other admission requirements, apply for admission to a higher degree by research at UDiv.

Students should discuss the option of undertaking a Research Essay with the Associate Dean (Postgraduate & Research) during the semester prior to enrolling in the Research Essay. Students who have agreed a research topic with an appropriate supervisor may enrol in the Research Essay at the beginning of the semester. Students must complete a Research Essay Outline, together with the supervisor, and return an electronic version of the Outline for approval to the Associate Dean (Postgraduate & Research) one week prior to the census date of the semester in which the essay is begun.
For further information, see the University of Divinity website

Census Dates

Semester 1   Tuesday 19 March
Semester 2   Tuesday 20 August

Unit Codes

    Semester 1, 2019   Semester 2, 2019
completed in one semester   RQ971FM   RQ972FM
completed over two semesters - Part A   RQ971AM   RQ972AM
completed over two semesters - Part B   RQ971BM   RQ972BM


Rev. Dr Kevin Lenehan, Associate Dean (Postgraduate and Research)