Doctor of Philosophy [PhD]

CRICOS code: 037861E (Accredited through UD)


The Doctor of Philosophy is a higher degree by research.

Enquiries regarding admission—please contact the ALC Associate Dean for Research, Dr Jeff Silcock (

Course outcomes

PhD graduates will have further developed their knowledge and experience in a theological discipline, and honed their critical scholarly skills within that discipline, through the writing of a 100,000 word thesis, which will form a distinct contribution to theological learning, and will show evidence of original research and the exercise of independent critical power.

Course structure

PhD candidates present their research in a single thesis of not more 100,000 words. Each candidate is at first admitted to probationary candidature, and must have their project assessed by a Confirmation Panel no later than 12 months into candidature. Every candidate must also complete a postgraduate unit in Research Methodologies.

Entry requirements

  • The PhD is open to candidates who have completed a 4-year Bachelor with Honours degree or equivalent, in an appropriate discipline, as determined by the UD Academic Board, of at least H2A standard.
  • Where the first language is other than English please see the English Language Requirements Policy and Procedures.

For published information specific to this course, including the associated regulation, go to the Doctor of Philosophy.

ALC operates with a policy of credit transfer and recognition of prior learning (RPL); see the Course Credit Policy.


  • 2½ years full-time after admission
  • 6 years part-time after admission

Study modes

  • VET units are delivered via a combination of workshops, group studies and online study modes. See individual unit information for details.

The Research Methodologies unit is taught either face-to-face, by workshop and/or online.

Course updated: 12/11/2014 9:57am