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
CRICOS Course Code: 089243A
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.
Course Learning Outcomes
- demonstrated critical, creative and systematic understanding of a substantial and complex body of knowledge that makes an original contribution to a particular area in the field of specialisation such as Systematic Theology, Biblical Studies, History, Ministry, Business, Leadership,
- demonstrated advanced knowledge of research principles and methods applicable to the field of work or learning. Communication, Education, Educational Leadership or Theological Education;
- demonstrated advanced knowledge of scholarship and recent developments in the area under consideration;
- demonstrated understanding of advanced research principles and methods, and substantial knowledge of specific research approaches used within the chosen field
- demonstrated ability to autonomously engage in critical reflection, analysis and synthesis of the body of theoretical knowledge related to a particular area within the field of Theology, Business and/or Education;
- demonstrated ability to establish, incorporate and apply effective research methodologies to advance existing professional knowledge and/or practice;
- demonstrated ability to design a research question that explores an original and complex issue and propose solutions;
- demonstrated ability to communicate effectively the complexity of the research and its findings to peers and the community;
- demonstrated ability to provide creative responses to the contemporary challenges and new developments in research and scholarship within the chosen field.
- demonstrated ability to apply the knowledge and skills developed within the selected research field to engage with new questions and find innovative and creative solutions;
- demonstrated ability to work independently and responsibly in the selected research field;
- demonstrated ability to effectively design, implement and communicate a major thesis in the selected research field to contribute original knowledge and expertise to peers and the community;
- demonstrated ability to develop an advanced level of integrative reflection which will inform and enhance professional practice.
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
Domestic and International applicants must meet one of the following academic entry requirements:
This course requires the completion of a higher education qualification. Students with a recent secondary education qualification are not eligible for direct entry.
This course requires the completion of a higher education qualification. Students with a vocational education and training (VET) qualification are not eligible for direct entry.
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, or
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, or
c. Completion of an AQF Level 9 or above postgraduate qualification in a relevant field, or equivalent.
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.
A pre-admission interview will be conducted by the Program Director and bridging courses may be required.
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, which has since been published using the same name by Pickwick Publicaitons.
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.
Master of Divinity from Sydney Missionary and Bible College and Master of Arts in Early Christianity at Macquarie University. PhD from Macquarie University (2018).
Dr Daryl Potts (faculty profile)
Daryl J Potts is the Program Director for the Bachelor of Ministry Program and the Associate Degree 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, Healing Ministry and Pentecostal Practices for 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.
Units offered as part of this Award:
- BIB701 - 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 >>
- BUS701 - 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 >>
- COM701 - 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 >>
- LEA701 - 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 >>
- MIN701 - 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 >>
- THE701 - 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 >>