Higher Degrees by Research

Office of Research – University of Divinity

UDiv has a long tradition of research excellence, and produces world-class research in all theological disciplines. The University actively fosters a vibrant research culture through publications, conferences, seminars, visiting scholars, four higher degrees by research (HDR), and a research methodology unit for current and prospective HDR students. The Office of Research, led by the Director of Research, oversees all aspects of the admission, progress and completion of HDR awards. The Office and Director of Research work closely with the University’s Research Committee, and the CTC Associate Dean (Postgraduate and Research).

Research may be defined as creative work that is undertaken on a systematic basis in order to increase our theoretical and/or practical knowledge and to apply knowledge in new ways.

Four Higher Degrees by Research (HDR) are available to suitably qualified candidates at CTC. Research degrees are undertaken under supervision of two appropriately accredited supervisors, one of whom must be a research active faculty member of UDiv.

The following degrees are open to graduates of at least four years of full-time tertiary study, including at least one year of study in theology or an associated discipline:

Master of Philosophy

The Master of Philosophy is a higher degrees 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. Read more...

Master of Theology (Research) 

The Master of Theology (Research) is a higher degree by research in divinity, designed for individuals who bring a foundation in divinity. Read more...

Doctor of Philosophy

The Doctor of Philosophy is a higher degree by research in divinity or one or more if its associated disciplines. Read more...

Doctor of Theology

The Doctor of Theology is a higher degree by research in divinity. Read more...

Further Information

Research students have full borrowing rights at all the libraries of UDiv, and are supported by a regular program of research activities, where they have the opportunity to meet with other research students, and to discuss the progress of their own work. 


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