Information for Higher Degrees by Research candidates

Prospective HDR Students

The University is renowned for its HDR graduates. Many graduates have gone on to academic positions in Australia and overseas, and the University has a success rate of more than 80% and a completion rate well above the national average. HDR students have access to extensive library resources and to supervision by some of Australia’s best theologians. Applications for HDRs are considered twice per year. For more information contact the Associate Dean (Postgraduate and Research).

Current HDR Students

If you are a current research student, you must ensure that you are familiar with the policies and regulations governing your degree program, including the various requirements at different stages of your candidature. You should also be familiar of the research training opportunities that are available to you. For more information contact the Associate Dean (Postgraduate and Research). 

Overseas Students

Commonwealth law requires that each overseas student on a student visa must have a valid visa, must study full-time, and must have adequate health cover and English language skills. Prospective research students should consult the University of Divinity's website for current information about costs, visa requirements and admission dates. For more information see the Overseas Students section

Admission Requirements

Prospective research students can make contact with the Associate Dean (Postgraduate and Research) at any time to discuss their proposed research area, possible supervisors, resources required for the research, and application procedures. Students complete the Domestic or International HDR student application in conjunction with the supervisors and Associate Dean (Postgraduate and Research) who lodges the application with the Office of Research by the appropriate admission date. The application is considered by the Admissions Working Group.

Confirmation of Candidature

Every candidate must apply for confirmation of candidature, as determined by the Academic Board. For doctoral degrees, this will be prior to completion of twelve months of full-time study or part-time equivalent from the date of admission; for master’s degrees this will be prior to six months of full-time study or part-time equivalent from the date of admission. Failure to complete the requirements for confirmation of candidature satisfactorily within the prescribed time constitutes unsatisfactory progress.

Once candidature is confirmed, if necessary the candidate must apply to the University’s Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC) for ethical clearance of the confirmed research project. No research involving human subjects, or using records not in the public domain, may commence or proceed without written ethical clearance from HREC.

Doctoral Upgrade

A candidate for a Masters [by Research] degree at UDiv may apply for admission to the Doctorate after successful completion of Confirmation of Candidature. 

Annual Report of Progress

As a marker of course progress, HDR candidates must submit an Annual Report Form, completed jointly with the Principal Supervisor, and endorsed by the Associate Dean (Postgraduate and Research). The Annual Report Form, with the necessary approvals, is to be submitted to the Office of Research by 15 November.

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