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Studies in Religion

Studies in Religion is a multi-disciplinary field where we encourage all our students to seek out the religious in many varied aspects of life. Studies in Religion is a field where philosophy, anthropology, sociology, literary criticism and even science and legal studies interact.

There are three research degrees offered in Studies in Religion and students must have a substantial background in Religion to be eligible to enrol in these degrees.

The Master of Arts (Research) is designed to develop students' disciplinary knowledge and research skills through a program of postgraduate coursework (up to 2 units of study) and a supervised research project culminating in a thesis. This degree is suitable for students who have a major in Studies in Religion but who do not have an Honours degree.

The Master of Philosophy is a research degree in which students undertake an extended piece of original research, which is the basis for an individually supervised thesis.

The Doctor of Philosophy has the most stringent requirements for entry. Students are required to undertake a major original research project, and to write an individually supervised thesis of 80,000 – 100,000 which makes an original and significant contribution to the academic study of religion.

There are currently no coursework degrees offered in Studies in Religion, but potential applicants are referred to a range of postgraduate coursework units in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences that have content dealing with religion.

Awards and Requirements
Master of Arts (Research)
Master of Philosophy
Doctor of Philosophy

Associate Professor Carole Cusack
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