Master of Theology [MTheol]

CRICOS code: 011486D (Accredited through UD)

Description

The Master of Theology is a higher degree by research. The purpose of the Master of Theology is to qualify individuals who apply an advanced body of knowledge in a range of contexts for research and scholarship, and as a pathway for possible further study.

Enquiries regarding admission—please contact the Associate Dean for Research, Dr Wendy Mayer (postgraduate.research@alc.edu.au).

Changes to the award

A revised version of the regulation and determination for this award comes into effect on 1 September 2017 affecting all currently enrolled students and all students admitted for a 2018 commencement. See www.divinity.edu.au/study/masters-degrees/

Course outcomes

Graduates of the MTheol:

  • have a body of knowledge that includes the understanding of recent developments in a field of study within divinity or one or more of its associated disciplines;
  • have an advanced knowledge of research principles and methods applicable to the field in which the research has been carried out;
  • have cognitive skills to demonstrate mastery of theoretical knowledge and to reflect critically on theory and its application
  • have cognitive, technical and/or creative skills to investigate, analyse, and synthesise complex information, problems, concepts and theories, including the management of significant amounts of information, effective use and differentiation of primary and secondary resources, and identification and application of appropriate research resources such as computer programs, libraries, the internet, archives, databases or interviews
  • have cognitive, technical and/or creative skills to apply established theories to different bodies of knowledge or practice
  • have cognitive, technical and/or creative skills to generate and evaluate complex ideas and concepts at an abstract level
  • have communication and technical skills to present a coherent and sustained argument, and to disseminate research results to specialist and non-specialists audiences
  • have communication and technical skills to design, implement, evaluate, analyse, theorise and disseminate research that makes a contribution to knowledge within divinity or one or more of its associated disciplines
  • are able to demonstrate the application of knowledge and skills with initiative and creativity in new situations and/or in further learning
  • are able to demonstrate the application of knowledge and skills with a high level of personal autonomy and accountability
  • are able to plan and execute a substantial piece of research
  • are able to formulate a research project with due regard to explicit and implicit ethical considerations
  • are able to demonstrate the development of sufficient psychological strength to work with a high degree of independence on a research project, and engage strategies to cope with the stress accompanying such a project and its necessary deadlines
  • are able to balance independent initiative with the capacity to respond to constructive criticism, and to learn from others.

Follow on study

Graduates may be eligible for admission to the Doctor of Philosophy or Doctor of Theology.

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.

Entry requirements

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 Masters by coursework with a 75% average; or
  • a Graduate Diploma with a 75% average; or
  • 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.

For published information specific to this course, including the associated regulation, go to the Master of Theology.

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

Duration

  • 1 year full-time
  • 3 years part-time

Minimum length of candidature for the Master of Theology is 12 months full-time, and the maximum length of candidature is 18 months full-time, or 3 years part-time.

Study modes

In the MTheol by minor thesis, the postgraduate coursework units are taught either face-to-face or online.

Course updated: 07/04/2017 3:56pm