Master of Theology (Research)

School of Philosophy & Theology, Fremantle Campus

At The University of Notre Dame Australia, we empower students to established and refine their research skills in a connected and nurturing environment. Our Master of Theology degree is just one way you can carry out substantial research in one of the key areas of study at the University. Each candidate will be assigned two supervisors who provide support and guidance throughout their degree – until your thesis is put forward for examination.

  • Why study this degree?

    The Master of Theology enables students to carry out substantial research in one of the key areas of study. As a Catholic university, Notre Dame is committed to the statement of Ex Corde Ecclesiae that “theology plays a particularly important role in the search for a synthesis of knowledge as well as in the dialogue between faith and reason”.

    The Master of Theology enables students to research how the Church has come to understand the deposit of faith in history and to carry out research of perennial significance within the context of contemporary scholarship, using authentic methods of interpretation.

  • Program summary

    The Masters Degree by Research is comprised of courses of supervised research which can include research training coursework as appropriate.

    Full details of the program requirements are contained in the Program Regulations.

  • Entry requirements

    • Completion of an undergraduate degree from a recognised university, which has been completed at a high credit standard and which demonstrates the applicant’s potential to undertake and complete research-based study.
    • An equivalent academic background or extensive professional experience that is considered by the Dean of the School to be an appropriate preparation for independent study and research work at Master's level.

    An applicant may be required to demonstrate an ability to understand and communicate in both written and spoken English at a level adequate for the purpose of pursuing the program of study or as deemed adequate by the Dean of the School.

  • Fees and costs

    This Program has the following loan scheme(s) available for eligible students:

    The Research Training Program (RTP) provides block grants to support students who are undertaking a Higher Degree by Research such as a Research Doctorate or Research Masters degree. You will receive support for a maximum of two years for a Research Masters and a maximum of four years for a Research Doctorate degree. Your offer will specify for which purpose(s) your grant may be used. This may include offset of your tuition fees, as a stipend for general living costs or as an allowance related to the ancillary cost of research degrees.

    For further information, or for indicative fees for domestic or international students, please visit our Fees Page.

  • Scholarships

    Domestic students

    In accordance with the Commonwealth Scholarships Guidelines (Research) 2017, domestic research students are eligible to have all Higher Degree by Research (HDR) course fees paid for by the Commonwealth Government through a Research Training Program (RTP) Fees Offset Scholarship for the length of their degree. Domestic students are also encouraged to apply for stipend scholarships. These scholarships are very competitive and are awarded to students of exceptional research potential. The scholarships are for the purpose of assisting with general living costs for the duration of the research degree.

    International students

    All international research students are required to pay full fees for the length of their research degree. Please refer to the International Course Guide for current course fees. The University is also keen to support high calibre international students. International students are also eligible to apply for Commonwealth Government Research Training Program (RTP) Scholarships (Fees Offset and/or Stipend) and the University International Fee Remission Research Scholarship (IFRRS).

  • More information

    Before submitting an application, please contact our Research Office to check admissions deadlines and arrange a discussion with a suitably qualified member of staff via email on (Fremantle) or (Sydney).

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