Master of Theology (Research)

The Master of Theology (Research) [MTheol] is a higher degree by research in divinity, designed for individuals who bring a foundation in divinity. The purpose of the Master of Theology (Research) is to qualify individuals to apply an advanced body of knowledge in divinity in a range of contexts and to provide a pathway for possible further learning. 

Every candidate for the Master of Theology (Research) must have two suitably accredited Supervisors.

Course Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the Master of Theology (Research):
  1. have a body of knowledge in a field of study within divinity that includes the understanding of recent developments within this field
  2. apply advanced knowledge and skills to plan and execute a substantial piece of research
  3. have cognitive, technical and creative skills to generate and evaluate complex ideas and concepts in a field of study within divinity and to reflect critically on them
  4. have cognitive skills in, and mastery of, research principles and methods applicable to the field in which the research has been carried out
  5. have skills to present a coherent and sustained argument and to communicate research results to specialist and non-specialist audiences. 

Admission Criteria

To 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.

Course Structure

There are two streams in the Master of Theology. 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 MTheol by major thesis requires submission for examination of a thesis of 40,000 words.

The MTheol by minor thesis requires completion of two postgraduate coursework units and submission for examination of a thesis of 25,000 words.

A thesis submitted for the MTheol is examined by two examiners external to the University of Divinity.

Normal Duration

1 – 4 years

Cricos Code



A candidate for the degree of Master of Theology (Research) at the University of Divinity may apply for admission to the Doctor of Philosophy or Doctor of Theology no less than twelve months after commencement of candidature in the Master’s degree and prior to completion of the Master’s degree. In such cases, the candidate may only be admitted after successful completion of a Confirmation of Candidature process as required of a candidate for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy.

Articulation to Further Study


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