Master of Philosophy
Become a thought leader
AC is passionate about research. We are committed to excellence and innovation in all we do. Set yourself apart in the fields of Business, Education and Theology by completing your Master of Philosophy at AC.
The Master of Philosophy provides a pathway for graduates of coursework Masters degrees to pursue further independent research, such as a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD). The Master of Philosophy also attracts those that are wishing to take the next step in their career in ministry, business or education sectors, and find this research to be invaluable part of their career progression.
Our Master of Philosophy is fully accredited by TEQSA, Australia’s government higher education accreditation body.
Our high quality academic staff and honorary research staff include many international leaders in their research fields, and we invite you to undertake your Master of Philosophy studies with us.
Program Director: Master of Philosophy
The next step in your career
Set yourself apart. Step into higher degree research. AC’s flexible mode of delivery allows you to continue working as you advance towards further study.
AC’s Master of Philosophy (MPhil) is designed for students who wish to pursue postgraduate research studies in Theology, Business or Education. AC’s postgraduate courses often attract students who have careers in professional fields, studying with the goal of integrating their faith with their vocation.
Our flexible mode of delivery allows students to maintain other work and family commitments while undertaking research work. Our goal is to equip students to be independent researchers and make a contribution toward advancing knowledge and professional expertise in a variety of academic and professional contexts.
The Master of Philosophy (MPhil) provides a pathway for graduates of coursework Masters degrees to pursue further independent research. The MPhil can also function as a pathway into or exit point from the Doctor of Philosophy, within certain criteria. While enrolment in a doctoral program is a typical pathway for a MPhil graduate who is interested in a career in academia, graduates of the MPhil may also find employment in ministry, business, or education sectors.
The course consists of 120 credit points comprising:
Enquire now to take the next step toward higher degree research.
CRICOS Course Code: 089243A
International English Language Testing Service (IELTS) of 7.0, with a score of not less than 7.0 in any band, or equivalent. IELTS (or equivalent) is not required for applicants who have undertaken the full four years of required higher education study (or equivalent) in English from an approved country.
Academic Entry Requirements
1. Graduate of a undergraduate degree - Completion of an AQF Level 8 bachelors (honours 1 or 2a) degree in a relevant field, or equivalent.
2. Graduate of a postgraduate degree - Completion of an AQF Level 7 bachelors degree in a relevant field, or equivalent, as well as an AQF Level 8 graduate diploma in a relevant field with at least a 20 credit point research component and an overall GPA at least 2.8, or completion of an AQF Level 9 or above postgraduate qualification in a relevant field, or equivalent.
3. Overseas students
a. Completion of an AQF Level 8 bachelors (honours 1 or 2a) degree in a relevant field, or equivalent,
b. Completion of an AQF Level 7 bachelors degree in a relevant field, or equivalent, as well as an AQF Level 8 graduate diploma in a relevant field with at least a 20 credit point research component and an overall GPA at least 2.8,
c. Completion of an AQF Level 9 or above postgraduate qualification in a relevant field, or equivalent.
Special or alternative admission arrangements
A pre-admission interview will be conducted by the Program Director and bridging courses may be required.
In exceptional circumstances the Program Director may recommend that an applicant be admitted who does not have the qualifications specified. In this case, evidence must be supplied to verify that the applicant has equivalent qualifications based on academic and professional attainment and demonstration of an appropriate capacity for the research.
Complete Fee Schedules and FEE-HELP information (where appropriate) for all Alphacrucis courses can be found in our Documents section, under the Fees and FEE-HELP Information link.
Rev. Dr Kevin Hovey (faculty profile)
Kevin's current role, Head of Department: Pastoral and Cross Cultural Ministry, is an interesting convergence of many experiences and roles covering more than 45 years as an ordained minister of the Australian Christian Churches.
Starting with 31 years as a missionary in Papua New Guinea, ministry was focused on developing and training local leaders. This ranged from informal mentoring in remote villages to developing Bible college structures and curriculum. Serving as consultant to the National Executive Council of Assemblies of God of Papua New Guinea provided opportunities for input – and for growth. In 2017, this service was recognized by the Papua New Guinea government with the Member of Logohu award that was announced in the Independence Day Honours list.
While still on field, the need for missionary training became evident, so the internationally recognized World Harvest Institute “missionary finishing program”, as some have termed it. Post Papua New Guinea, missionary leadership, missionary strategy and missionary training roles have continued to keep a focus on task of mission, but with a greater focus on seeing that outworked through local churches.
Kevin’s PhD thesis, completed in 2017, is entitled Guiding Light: Contributions of Alan R. Tippett Toward the Development and Dissemination of Twentieth Century Missiology. This will be published in 2019.
He also serves as the Oceania representative on the Pentecostal World Fellowship’s World Missions Commission, rubbing shoulders with key mission leaders from around the world.
Dr Lyn Kidson (faculty profile)
On staff with Campus crusade for Christ (Student Life) from 1994 until 2001. Children and family pastor at Wentworthville Baptist church 2009-2010. Mastor of Divinity from Sydney Missionary and Bible College and Master of Arts in Early Christianity at Macquarie University. PhD from Macquarie University (2018).
Mrs Alison Lau (faculty profile)
Dr Daryl Potts (faculty profile)
Daryl J Potts is a recent addition to the team at Alphacrucis College, and is the Program Director for the Bachelor of Ministry Program. Daryl’s particular area of expertise is in pastoral praxis and managing the spill-over of ministry work and responsibilities into the relational areas of the minister’s marriage and family. Daryl's Doctoral Thesis investigated the impact that being involved in ministry has upon the family life of the minister. Daryl lectures in ministry based courses such as Church and Society, Foundations of Pastoral Ministry, Pastoral Administration and Management, Communicating the Christian Faith,Preaching, and Healing Ministry.
Prior to joining us at Alphacrucis College Daryl has been involved in pastoral ministry for over thirty years, starting out as a Youth Pastor upon his graduation from Bible College, and then being involved in pioneer, mid-size, large and Mega churches in Associate and Senior pastoral roles in churches across our nation. He has served the AOG/ACC in various roles such as Youth Alive, District and Regional Leadership, State Executive membership and was Vice President on the State Executive in South Australia until he relocated to take up his role at Alphacrucis. He brings the wealth of these experiences as a pastor and leader to the ministry stream of our college.
Dr Van Shore (faculty profile)
Van is married to Heazle and they have two adult children, Ben married to Lani and Amy married to Seng. Van loves to laugh and celebrate with others their uniqueness in God and enjoys walking, bird watching, tennis and good food. He has almost 20 years of pastoral ministry and teaching experience.
In 2009, Van was selected along with a number of New Testament scholars throughout Australia to write a chapter in The Content and Setting of the Gospel Tradition (Eerdmans, 2010). Dr Mark Harding and Dr Alana Nobbs co-edited the work. Van's chapter was called "The Titles of Jesus".
In 2011, Van also authored two books: The Art of Not Disappearing (River Publishing, UK), and in 2011-2012, while living in Bangkok, he wrote his second book, The Art of Not Getting Lost on the Way Home. This was prior to joining the staff at the Alphacrucis College.
Rev. Dr Adam White (faculty profile)
Adam began his working career as a spraypainter and from there moved into ministry as a youth pastor then an associate pastor at Riverlands Christian Church in Penrith. Then at the age of 25 he felt called to study theology at Southern Cross College (now AC); this continued through an honours degree up to a Doctorate of Ancient History at Macquarie University. He is married to Rachel and has a daughter named Sophia and two sons, Alexander, and Sebastian.
Dr Robyn Wrigley-Carr (faculty profile)
Robyn's love for theology and spirituality began when she was working in the Religious Books Department of Hodder & Stoughton Publishers in London. She subsequently went to Vancouver, Canada, to study her Masters in Spiritual Theology at Regent College. As part of her Regent degree, Robyn studied theology for a term at Oxford University, on a student exchange program. Robyn met her Kiwi husband at Regent, then they both returned to Sydney to live. Robyn worked as a lecturer in Spirituality for 8 years at the Australian College of Ministries (ACOM), and has lectured at MCSI (Macquarie University), Christian Heritage College, and tutored at the Broken Bay Institute. Robyn received an ORS scholarship and additional funding from the University of St Andrews to pursue her PhD full-time at the University of St Andrews, Scotland, and also tutored in Theology at the University. She has received ARTFinc Grants in both 2016 and 2018 and an ADM Summer Research Fellowship in 2018. Robyn started as a permanent faculty member at AC in 2015. She has three gorgeous children.
Units offered as part of this Award:
- BIB601 - Methods in Biblical Studies
Description: To examine Paul’s strategies used in overcoming the specific problems among the Corinthian Christians from a Pentecostal perspective. Special application is made to comparable situations in modern Pentecostalism, and how Paul’s answers may in fact be addressing us. Unit detail page >>
- BIB602 - Seminar Presentation of Research in Biblical Studies
Description: In this subject, students will apply advanced research skills on a selected topic within biblical studies and present results of research to peers. Students will also respond to critically and generously to the research of others. Unit detail page >>
- BUS601 - Methods in Business Studies
Description: In this subject, students will explore the theory and literature framing business research issues and will develop a research approach, which will inform and enhance business practice from a Christian worldview. Unit detail page >>
- COM601 - Theory and Practice in Communication
Description: In this subject, students will critically assess models and theories of communication. Students will propose a topic of research on a communication issue and will develop a research approach that will inform and enhance communication practice. Unit detail page >>
- EDU601 - Research Methods in Education Studies
Description: TBA Unit detail page >>
- HIS601 - Theory and Practice in Christian History
Description: In this subjects, students will gain a detailed understanding of historical theory and practice, and the major emphases which typified Christian historical thought and practice from the Enlightenment to the Postcolonial era. Students will evaluate the validity, usefulness and consequences of difference approaches to historical inquiry, and the contributions of major schools of contemporary historiography. Unit detail page >>
- HIS602 - Producing Christian History
Description: This subject builds on students skills and knowledge of the theories and practices of Christian history. Students will gain a detailed understanding of the major issues and challenges involved in producing public and professional Christian history, the methods and skills used by historians, the interaction of the historian with the wider society and use this knowledge to better appreciate the historian’s place in history and society, and the particular challenges facing the Christian historian and the strengths and limitations of producing Christian history. Students will apply advanced research skills in Christian history and will produce publishable historical research for a contemporary audience. Unit detail page >>
- HIS603 - Pentecostalism in Australasia
Description: In this subject, students will gain an extensive understanding of the origins of Pentecostalism, including the foundations and early development of Pentecostalism in Australasia and the charismatic renewal in Australasia. Students will explore the emergent relationship between Pentecostalism and broader Australasian communities, the contributions of Pentecostalism to Christianity in Australasia, and contemporary Pentecostal movements in Australasia in the light of historical record. Unit detail page >>
- LEA601 - Theory and Practice in Leadership
Description: This subject explores contemporary organisational leadership studies, studying and observing behaviour, complex experimental designs, advanced statistical analysis, ethical considerations and an application of knowledge to enhance Christian leadership. Students will apply advanced research skills on a topic of research on a contemporary leadership issue that will inform and enhance Christian leadership practice. Unit detail page >>
- MIN601 - Theory and Practice in Ministry
Description: This subject explores effective pastoral theology and ministry models. Students will gain a systemic and critical understanding of complex and advanced ministry issues and will apply advanced research skills to a topic of research on a contemporary ministry issue. Unit detail page >>
- RES601 - Research Methods
Description: This subject is the foundational class for all MTh and MPhil studies. Students will be taught advanced research skills across the main disciplines of theological and ministry studies. They will also develop some of the early research of what will become their major project. Unit detail page >>
- RES603 - MPhil Research Thesis
Description: This subject is designed to equip students to be independent researchers and make a substantial contribution toward advancement of knowledge and practice within their chosen field. Students will undertake a thesis in consultation with an approved supervisor. Unit detail page >>
- THE601 - Theologians: Method and Meaning
Description: This unit introduces you to the work of some seminal theologians from Christian tradition and the 20th/21st century. It invites you to think about how method in theology influences a particular author’s project and conclusions. Unit detail page >>
- THE602 - Seminar Presentation of Theological Research
Description: In this subject, students will apply advanced research skills to a selected topic on a contemporary theological issue and present results of research to peers. Students will also respond to critically and generously to the research of others. Unit detail page >>