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Master of Divinity (MDiv)

  • M1207MASTER OF DIVINITY

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Title Master of Divinity (MDiv)
Course Code M1207
Study Level Master's by Coursework (Graduate)
School School of Arts
Academic Contacts

Academic Chair: Dr Suzanne Boorer | Email: S.Boorer@murdoch.edu.au | Tel: 9360 6141

Qualification Master of Divinity (MDiv)
Duration 3 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Availability Murdoch campus (internal)
Murdoch campus (external)
Restriction All graduate courses are subject to restriction.
Description This course explores one of the world's oldest learning disciplines and immerses students in the history, beliefs and practices of the Christian tradition. In this three-year course, students will explore history, literature, social sciences and philosophy to gain an in-depth understanding of how the Christian tradition has developed and its meaning and value today. Students will study units in Biblical Studies, Church History, Systematic Theology and Practical Theology.
Admission Requirements: Onshore course offerings Recognised Bachelor's degree in any discipline. Consideration will be given to previous studies in Theology for possible advanced standing of up to 24 points of credit toward the Master of Divinity.

Equivalent of an Academic IELTS overall score of 6.0 with no band less than 6.0.
Employment Prospects Students in Theology training for ordained ministry are selected by their respective churches. In addition teachers in church schools need to do some Theology. Other employment prospects exist as church youth workers and chaplains in government schools.
Professional Recognition This course is a professional qualification for ministry. When completed in conjunction with prescribed Church requirements, it is a recognised university qualification in Western Australia for ordination in the Anglican Church of Australia and the Uniting Church of Australia.
Unit Selection The Coursework option of the Master of Divinity is appropriate for those who wish to study for a professional qualification as the academic component of preparation for ordination. It is also the best option for those seeking broad knowledge of the range of theological disciplines. The Research option is appropriate for those who wish to specialise in one or more specific areas of Theology, particularly those who may wish to progress to a higher degree by research.
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.

Course Structure - 72 credit points

Year 1 - 24 credit points

Core Units - 18 credit points

THE506 Introduction to the Old Testament - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external

THE507 Introduction to the New Testament - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external

THE505 Thinking Theology - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external

THE509 Turning Points in Church History - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external

THE528 Spirituality - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external

THE510 Emerging Christian Theology: The Creeds (100-500 CE) - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external

Specified Electives - 6 credit points

REL207 Biblical Hebrew I - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal

REL208 Biblical Hebrew II - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal

REL209 New Testament Greek I - 3 points
Not available this year

REL210 New Testament Greek II - 3 points
Not available this year

THE513 Chaplaincy in Theory and Practice - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external

THE511 Teaching Religion in Schools - 3 points
Not available this year

COD545 Community Development Theory and Practice - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external

or select from any other 500-level unit in the School of Arts with the Academic Chair's approval.

Coursework Option - 48 credit points

Year 2 - 24 credit points

Core Units - 24 credit points

THE620 Old Testament Exegesis - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external

THE621 New Testament Exegesis: Gospels - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external

THE615 Worship and Liturgy - 3 points
Not available this year

THE625 Christology - 3 points
Not available this year

THE623 Britain and the Reformation Era - 3 points
Not available this year

THE663 Church, Ministry and Sacraments - 3 points
Not available this year

THE618 Homiletics - 3 points
Not available this year

THE617 Advanced Biblical Interpretation Seminar - 3 points
Not available this year

Year 3 - 24 credit points

Core Units - 24 credit points

THE620 Old Testament Exegesis - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external

THE621 New Testament Exegesis: Gospels - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external

THE622 Globalisation of Modern Christianity - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external

THE619 Triune God - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external

THE645 Pastoral Care - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external

THE614 Apologetics - 3 points
Not available this year

THE616 History of Missions - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external

THE624 Ethics - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-external

Research Option - 48 credit points

Years 2 and 3 - 48 credit points

Core Units - 48 credit points

Select a Research Option from those listed below of up to 15 points and select the balance of the points for Years 2 and 3 Core Units from the Coursework Option Year 2 and Year 3 units listed above.

Research Option 1 - 6 credit points

ART6401 Masters by Coursework Research Project - 6 points
MURDOCH: H-internal, H-external, S1-internal, S1-external, S2-internal, S2-external, SUM-internal, SUM-external, U-internal, U-external, Y-internal, Y-external

Research Option 2 - 12 credit points

ART604 Advanced Research Methods - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external, S2-internal, S2-external

and

ART6402 Masters by Coursework Research Project - 9 points
Not available this year

Research Option 3 - 15 credit points

ART604 Advanced Research Methods - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external, S2-internal, S2-external

and

ART610 Masters by Coursework Research Dissertation - 12 points
MURDOCH: H-internal, H-external, S1-internal, S1-external, S2-internal, S2-external, Y-internal, Y-external

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