Master of Philosophy (MPhil)
The Master of Philosophy is a research program designed for graduates with in-depth knowledge and skills in the fields of Theology, Business and/or Education, who want to make an original research contribution to research and research training within academic, church and community settings. This course is overseen by Deputy Vice President Research and Standards, Professor Denise Austin.
We are committed to excellence and innovation in research. Set yourself apart in the fields of Business, Education and Theology by completing your Master of Philosophy (MPhil) at AC. The MPhil provides a pathway for students who have a coursework Masters degrees to pursue further independent research. Through supervision and research, you will gain systematic and critical understanding, including a working knowledge of recent developments and approaches, in your area of specialisation.
Specialisation in Theology will include areas such as Systematic Theology, Biblical Studies, History or Ministry. Specialisation in Business will include areas such as Business, Leadership or Communication. Specialisation in Education will include areas such as Education, Educational Leadership and Theological Education. However, we know that you may want to explore cross-disciplinary areas, such as Theology and Economics, or Communication in Education.
You will be equipped with advanced skills in critical thinking, communication and creative problem solving of complex issues, through independent, original research and scholarship. Your research will identify, investigate and address an issue within the field of Theology, Business and/or Education, which will make an original contribution toward learning and professional practice within your chosen field.
The course consists of 120 credit points comprising:
- RES701, the compulsory core research methods subject (20 credit points)
- one subject (20 credit point) to be taken from the area of specialisation
- one core 30,000 word research thesis (80 credit points) in area of specialisation
To qualify for award of the degree of Master of Philosophy a candidate shall complete at least 120 credit points.
For more information see the Student Handbook.
AcademicApplicants with Recent Secondary Education (within the past 2 years)
This course of study requires the completion of higher education study at an authorised institution. Recent secondary education graduates are not eligible for direct entry into this course.Applicants with Vocational Education and Training (VET) Study
This course of study requires the completion of higher education study at an authorised institution. Applicants with Vocational Education and Training (VET) study are not eligible for direct entry into this course.Applicants with Higher Education Study
Completion of an AQF Level 8 Bachelors (Honours 1 or 2a) degree in a relevant field, or equivalent. Demonstrated knowledge of research methodology equivalent to RES601 AND methodology in the area of specialisation.OR
Completion of an AQF Level 9 or above postgraduate qualification in a relevant field, or equivalent. This must include at least a 20 credit point research component and an overall GPA at least 2.8.Applicants with Work and Life Experience
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 for all applicants 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.
Overseas students are required to demonstrate their English proficiency skills. Such students admitted into our programs must attain an overall IELTS (or equivalent) score of 7.0 (with no score below 7.0 in any of the four skills areas). IELTS (or equivalent) is not required for applicants who have undertaken five years of required higher education study (or equivalent) in English from an approved country or who have completed a Certificate IV or higher qualification awarded in English under the Australian Qualification Framework by an authorised institution or registered training organisation.
Delivery Mode: Face-to-face*
Locations: Sydney, Melbourne
Duration: Up to 5 years
Intakes: Semester 1, Semester 2
*Independent research may be undertaken anywhere in the world.
Course Learning Outcomes
- 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, Communication, Education, Educational Leadership or Theological Education;
- advanced knowledge of scholarship and recent developments in the area under consideration;
- 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;
- establish, incorporate and apply effective research methodologies to advance existing professional knowledge and/or practice;
- design a research question that explores an original and complex issue and propose solutions;
- communicate effectively the complexity of the research and its findings to peers and the community;
- provide creative responses to the contemporary challenges and new developments in research and scholarship within the chosen field.
Application of Knowledge and Skills:
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;
- work independently and responsibly in the selected research field;
- effectively design, implement and communicate a major thesis in the selected research field to contribute original knowledge and expertise to peers and the community;
- develop an advanced level of integrative reflection which will inform and enhance professional practice.
Why Research at AC?
“At AC, we are committed to research created for good that
makes a positive and transformative impact in society. Through our research
centres, world class career researchers and HDR candidates, exciting
opportunities are available in a wide range of discipline areas.’’
Deputy Vice President Research and Standards
Graduates of the MPhil program are likely to find employment in the church, the business sector, the education sector, as well as in the community sector. Your graduate employment opportunities include, but are not limited to:
- Lecturer or trainer
- Academic researcher
- Church pastor
- Community/NFP/NGO worker
- Church administrator
- Education administrator or teacher
- Business professional
For more information on the suite of student support services available, please see our Student Services section.
CRICOS Course Code: 089243A