Doctor of Theology [DTheol]

CRICOS code: 011485E (Accredited through UD)


The Doctor of Theology is a higher degree by research in divinity. The purpose of the Doctor of Theology is to qualify individuals who apply a substantial body of knowledge to research, investigate and develop new knowledge, in one or more areas of investigation, scholarship or professional practice.

Further information about University of Divinity research degrees, including the guidelines to apply for ethical approval of a research project, can be found at: Research

Enquiries regarding admission—contact the ALC Associate Dean for Research, Prof Wendy Mayer (

Course outcomes

Graduates of the Doctor of Theology:

  • have a substantial body of knowledge at the frontier of a field of work or learning within divinity, including knowledge that constitutes an original contribution to the field
  • have a substantial knowledge of research principles and methods applicable to the field of work or learning
  • have expert cognitive, technical and creative skills to use intellectual independence to think critically, analyse and evaluate existing knowledge and ideas, undertake systematic investigation, reflect on theory and practice to generate original knowledge within divinity, and demonstrate expert understanding of theoretical knowledge and to reflect critically on that theory and its application
  • apply knowledge and skills with intellectual independence, and with responsibility and accountability, to plan and execute an ongoing program of original research, and to understand explicit and implicit ethical considerations to the formulation of a research project
  • have skills to present cogently a complex investigation of originality or original research for external examination against international standards, and to communicate research results to peers and the community.

Course structure

DTheol candidates

  • present their research in a thesis of not more 100,000 words which is examined by at least two external examiners
  • 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.

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 at another higher education provider recognised by the Academic Board to an equivalent standard:

  • A Masters by research with a 75% average, or where a mark is not available, examiners’ reports which indicate to the satisfaction of the Research Committee that the candidate is adequately prepared for doctoral research; or
  • 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%.

Where the first language is other than English, please see the English language proficiency requirements in the Admissions Policy.

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

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


  • 3 years full-time (not less than two years)
  • Not more than eight years part-time

Course updated: 12/03/2019 3:29pm