Master of Philosophy

Higher Degrees by Research

Master of Philosophy

18 months full-time, or 4 years part-time

The Master of Philosophy is a Higher Degree by Research in divinity or one or more of its associated disciplines and is designed for individuals who bring a foundation within this disciplinary range. The purpose of the Master of Philosophy is to qualify individuals to apply an advanced body of knowledge in divinity or one or more of its associated disciplines in a range of contexts and to provide a pathway for possible further learning. The course of study for the Master of Philosophy by major thesis consists of the preparation of a thesis of up to 40,000 words for examination.

COST: Fees for the Master of Philosophy are charged per semester at $9,516. The total cost of a Master of Philosophy (3 semesters full-time, or 6 semesters part-time) is $28,548.

ADMISSION CRITERIA: The applicant must have achieved: (a) a Masters by coursework with no less than a 75% average; or (b) a Graduate Diploma with no less than a 75% average; or (c) a four year undergraduate degree with Honours with no less than a 75% average. In addition, the applicant must also have completed a research essay or Minor Thesis of at least 16,000 words graded at or above 70%. 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.

FOLLOW ON STUDY: Graduates may be eligible for admission to the Doctor of Philosophy.



  1. If you have any questions about the HDR award or wish to discuss a research topic, contact our Research Coordinator.
  2. Complete the Admission form, based on whether you are a domestic candidate or international candidate.
  3. Email your completed form to

Please note the Final Admission Dates

  1. Once your Admission Form has been processed, you will receive a Confirmation of Enrolment email.

For more information on the enrolment process, or to apply as an international student, click here.