Master of Philosophy
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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 staffand honorary research staff include many international leaders in their research fields, and we invite you to undertake your Master of Philosophy studies with us.
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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:
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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. Demonstrated knowledge of research methodology equivalent to RES601 AND methodology in the area of specialisation.
2. Graduate of a postgraduate degree - 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.
3. Overseas students - Completion of an AQF Level 8 bachelors (honours 1 or 2a) degree in a relevant field, or equivalent, 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. Demonstrated knowledge of research methodology equivalent to RES601 AND methodology in the area of specialisation.
A pre-admission interview for all applicants will be conducted by the Program Director or Dean of School and bridging courses, such as RES601 Research Methods, 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. Associate Professor Jacqueline Grey (faculty profile)
Jacqui is associate professor of Biblical Studies, specialising in hermenutics and Old Testament studies. Her publications include Them, Us and Me: How the Old Testament Speaks to People Today, Raising Women Leaders, and Three's A Crowd: Pentecostalism, Hermeneutics and the Old Testament as well as various articles and book chapters. Jacqui speaks regularly at local and international events and has appeared on various national TV and radio programs in Australia, including the ABC TV's Q&A program. Jacqui is committed to ensuring quality education within the theological sector, and provides assistance to Pentecostal colleges in developing contexts to further their institutional goals. She is a member of the Register of Experts of the Tertiary Education Quality Standards Agency (TEQSA), established by the Australian Federal government. She is currently the President (2017) of the Society for Pentecostal Studies, and is part of the steering committee for Biblical Ethics in the Society of Biblical Literature. Her research interests include pentecostal hermeneutics, prophetic literature and feminist readings of Scripture. Jacqui loves travelling, Turkish food, photography and coffee with friends.
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 selecetd 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.
Units offered as part of this Award:
- BIB601 - Methods in Biblical Studies
- Display a detailed understanding of the historical development of the theory and practice of methods in biblical studies. This includes:
- Historical-critical methods;
- Literary approaches;
- Ideological criticisms;
- Social-scientific theories.
- Critically evaluate the validity, usefulness and consequences of difference approaches to biblical studies;
- Demonstrate advanced proficiency in using methods of biblical studies;
- Demonstrate advanced skills in biblical exegesis.
- BIB602 - Seminar Presentation of Research in Biblical Studies
- Propose a topic of research within biblical studies and formulate a research proposal;
- Demonstrate advanced research skills, critical engagement with alternate perspectives and the ability to make a solid argument;
- Utilise an appropriate method to develop a coherent argument on selected issues or passages;
- Present the results of research to peers and respond to critically and generously to the research of others.
- BUS601 - Methods in Business Studies
- Demonstrate a systemic and critical understanding of business research issues as framed within business theory and literature;
Critically assess and apply business models and theories as they relate to professional and/or corporate situations;
Demonstrate an ability to autonomously engage in critical reflection, analysis, and synthesis of specific business contexts;
Propose a topic of research on a business issue and, in consultation with a supervisor, develop a research approach and display an advanced level of integrative reflection which will inform and enhance business practice from a Christian worldview.
- COM601 - Theory and Practice in Communication
Demonstrate a systemic and critical understanding of communication issues as framed within communication theory and literature;
Demonstrate an ability to autonomously engage in critical reflection, analysis, and synthesis of specific communication contexts;
Critically assess and apply communication models and theories as they relate to individuals, groups and/or situations;
Propose a topic of research on a communication issue and develop a research approach and display an advanced level of integrative reflection which will inform and enhance communication practice.
- EDU601 - Research Methods in Education Studies
Demonstrate a systemic and critical understanding of contemporary issues related to and impacting on education as framed within education theory and literature;
Demonstrate an advanced understanding of research designs in education;
Critically evaluate the validity, usefulness and consequences of different approaches to education research;
Formulate a plan to improve pedagogy in line with a completed research project;
Display an advanced level of integrative reflection which will inform and enhance Christian educational practice in the chosen field.
- HIS601 - Theory and Practice in Christian History
1. Display a detailed understanding of historical theory and practice;Unit detail page >>
2. Demonstrate a thorough knowledge of the origins of Christian historical thought;
3. Display perceptive understanding of the major emphases which typified Christian historical thought and practice from the Enlightenment to the Postcolonial era;
4. Critically evaluate the validity, usefulness and consequences of difference approaches to historical inquiry;
5. Demonstrate advanced proficiency in the processes of historical inquiry;
6. Use critical judgment to evaluate the contributions of major schools of contemporary historiography;
7. Critically analyse the implications of writing contemporary history from a Christian perspective.
- HIS602 - Producing Christian History
1. Display a detailed understanding of the major issues and challenges involved in producing public and professional Christian history;Unit detail page >>
2. Critically evaluate the methods and skills used by historians, including those used to study key figures, movements, issues and time periods;
3. Demonstrate a thorough understanding of the interaction of the historian with the wider society and use this knowledge to better appreciate the historian’s place in history and society;
4. Display an appreciation of the particular challenges facing the Christian historian and the strengths and limitations of producing Christian history;
5. Exhibit an advanced ability to research the historical record from primary and secondary sources and critically analyse the results;
6. Demonstrate proficiency in producing publishable historical research for a contemporary audience.
- HIS603 - Pentecostalism in Australasia
1. Display a detailed knowledge of the origins of Pentecostalism;Unit detail page >>
2. Demonstrate an extensive understanding of the foundations and early development of Pentecostalism in Australasia;
3. Recognise and explain the impact and ramifications of the charismatic renewal in Australasia;
4. Exhibit an advanced ability to research the historical record from primary and secondary sources and critically analyse the results;
5. Demonstrate a thorough appreciation of the contributions of Pentecostalism to Christianity in Australasia;
6. Critically evaluate the emergent relationship between Pentecostalism and broader Australasian communities;
7. Critically analyse contemporary Pentecostal movements in Australasia in the light of historical record.
- LEA601 - Theory and Practice in Leadership
- Demonstrate a systemic and critical understanding of complex and advanced organisational leadership issues and models;
Demonstrate an expert ability to autonomously and analytically engage in critical reflection, synthesis and evaluation of specific leadership and organisational contexts;
Critically assess and apply effective leadership research designs and practices, systems theory, organisational culture, communication, and change processes as they relate to individuals and organisations
Propose a topic of research on a contemporary leadership issue and develop an articulate research approach;
Display an advanced level of integrative reflection which will inform and enhance Christian leadership practice.
- MIN601 - Theory and Practice in Ministry
- Demonstrate a systemic and critical understanding of complex and advanced ministry issues
- Demonstrate an expert ability to autonomously and analytically engage in critical reflection, synthesis and evaluation of specific ministry contexts;
- Critically assess and apply effective pastoral theology and ministry models as they relate to individuals, groups and/or situations;
- Propose a topic of research on a contemporary ministry issue and develop an articulate research approach;
- Display an advanced level of integrative reflection which will inform and enhance ministry practice.
- RES601 - Research Methods
Curriculum objective: Unit detail page >>
- RES603 - MPhil Research Thesis
Identify and develop a complex research question which critically analyses recent developments in the field of study;
Demonstrate a specialist knowledge of research principles and methods applicable to the relevant field for resolving the research question;
Show an advanced competence in descriptive, critical and analytic skills which demonstrates advanced theoretical knowledge and application of concepts at an abstract level;
Produce a substantial body of creative and innovative work which communicates effectively complex ideas, original knowledge and a coherent, sustained argument for proposed solutions to peers and general audiences.
- THE601 - Theologians: Method and Meaning
1. Explain the contribution of selected theologians central to Christian tradition (pre-20th century) to contemporary thought and practice;Unit detail page >>
2. Compare, contrast and evaluate the theological insights of selected authors;
3. Summarise the theological method of key 20/21st century theologians and explain the way this frames their theology;
4. Present research conclusions to peers and engage in constructive and critical dialogue.
- THE602 - Seminar Presentation of Theological Research
- Explain the epistemological perspectives of contemporary western culture and discriminate between alternate theological responses;
- Propose a topic of research on a contemporary theological issue and formulate a research proposal;
- Demonstrate advanced research skills, critical engagement with alternate perspectives and the ability to make a solid argument;
- Utilise an appropriate theological method to develop a coherent argument on selected theological issues;
- Present the results of research to peers and respond critically and generously to the research of others.