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Master of Theology (Research)

Theology at CSU

Master of Theology (Research)

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Pursue advanced studies in theology with CSU's Master of Theology (Research). This degree gives you the opportunity to undertake a thesis by research in Biblical studies, Church history, systematic theology or practical theology.

You will develop high-level competence in theological research and make a distinct contribution to theological knowledge.

  • Why study this course?

    The Master of Theology (Research) develops your awareness of contemporary debate and your capacity for both critical analysis of and constructive contribution to that debate.

    Advanced research skills

    Under the guidance of academic supervisors with expertise in your field of study, you will prepare a thesis proposal, conduct approved research and present the results of your research in a detailed thesis. Through this process, you will develop high-level competence in theological research and advanced knowledge of the scholarly debate in your field.

    Flexible study options

    Offering a flexible learning environment and four teaching sites, CSU's School of Theology provides a broad range of learning opportunities to students who wish to explore their faith and beliefs, as well as those of other cultures. You may study on campus, online, or a combination of the two.

    Quality teaching

    CSU's School of Theology has an established reputation for its emphasis on student learning, quality teaching and research. The ethos of the school is ecumenical, with staff drawn from a variety of Christian traditions, all committed to developing and delivering a comprehensive, rigorous and vibrant theological education.

  • Career opportunities

    Skills and attributes gained as a result of studying theology are valued in many settings. You could work with other religious leaders in the community to support and enhance community engagement in the activities of various churches and faiths, or develop and implement research projects to build critical theological perspectives in dialogue with contemporary society. This degree also provides a stepping stone for students wishing to undertake research at PhD level.

  • Subjects

    The below information is for new students. Current students should select their subjects by checking the Handbook for the year of their enrolment

    Course structure

    Students should contact the Field of Research Coordinator to discuss possible research topics.

    Each student will be allocated one of the following research subject codes and will enrol in that subject for the period of their candidature:

    THL611 Masters Research (Theology) PT (64)THL612 Masters Research (Theology) FT (64)
    Enrolment pattern

    No enrolment pattern is specified for HDR courses.

  • Admission information

    Applicants should hold:

    • a Master of Theology from Charles Sturt University with a Distinction average plus evidence of research; or
    • a Bachelor of Theology (Honours) with Class 1 or Class 2 Division 1 from Charles Sturt University; or
    • an award from another accredited tertiary institution, accepted by the University as equivalent to one of the above awards, and/or have demonstrated in study or professional performance potential to undertake research at a Master degree level.

    Intending applicants should contact the Sub-Dean, Graduate Studies in the Faculty of Arts and Education to discuss the proposal before applying for admission to the program. In addition, applicants must complete a form describing their area of interest, which should accompany their application.

    Admission to candidature is subject to approval by the Research Advisory Committee.

    See standard CSU admission criteria

  • Cost of study

    Fees - please visit the fees and costs page or contact us for current fee information.

    Tax deduction - in some instances a tax deduction may be claimed for self education expenses. Please seek independent qualified taxation advice.

    Alumni discount

    Already studied with CSU? Our 10% Alumni discount applies to this course!
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  • Course details

    Campus locations listed for Online students are purely for administrative purposes and have no relevance to the student experience.

    Enrol TypeModeCampusFee typeSession 1Session 2Session 3Admission Code
    DirectOn campusUni WideFPPGYYNGAMT
    DirectOnlineUni WideFPOSYYNJAHT
    DirectOnlineUni WideRTSYYNEAMT
    DirectOn campusUni WideFPOSYYNIAMT
    DirectOnlineUni WideFPPGYYNOAMT
    DirectOn campusUni WideRTSYYNKAMT

    CGS: Commonwealth Government supported places
    FPPG: Fee-paying postgraduate places
    FPOS: Fee-paying overseas student places
    Admission Code: For your reference if required during your application process
    NO TAC: An admission code is not required for applications to CSU Study Centres
    TEMP: An admission code has not yet been assigned for this course

    Graduation requirements

    To graduate students must satisfactorily complete a thesis or portfolio which is equivalent to 64 points.

  • How to apply
    Apply direct to CSU

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    Apply direct to CSU

    Apply direct to CSU for on campus study at a CSU regional campus, or study by distance education.

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    CRICOS Code(s)

    025515M (Uni Wide)

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    Find out more about deferral

  • About the School

    School of Theology

    CSU’s School of Theology has an established reputation for its emphasis on student learning, quality teaching and research. The ethos of the School is ecumenical, with staff drawn from a variety of Christian traditions, all committed to developing and delivering a comprehensive, rigorous and vibrant theological education. Combined with a flexible learning environment and four teaching sites, the School provides a wide range of learning opportunities to students who wish to explore their faith and beliefs as well as those of other cultures. Students can study on campus at CSU’s Canberra and Parramatta campuses or via distance education. The School is also affiliated with St Barnabas Theological College in Adelaide and St Francis College in Brisbane and there may be opportunities for students to study some parts of their course at these locations.

  • Academic expectations

    For each 8 point subject at CSU, students should normally expect to spend between 140-160 hours engaged in the specified learning and assessment activities (such as attending lectures or residential schools, assigned readings, tutorial assistance, individual or group research/study, forum activity, workplace learning, assignments or examinations). The student workload for some subjects may vary from these norms as a result of approved course design.

    Students will be assessed on the basis of completed assignments, examinations, workplace learning, or other methods as outlined in specific subject outlines.

    Where applicable, students are responsible for travel and accommodation costs involved in workplace learning experiences, or attending residential schools (distance education students).

    Expectations relating to academic, workplace learning, time and cost requirements for specific subjects are provided in the subject abstracts and in course materials.

    Throughout their studies, CSU students have a responsibility to continue to develop skills in English Language, literacy and numeracy as appropriate to their discipline. This ongoing development will enable students to effectively participate in their course and graduate as competent professionals.

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