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 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.
Refer to the Postgraduate Handbook Unit of Study Table for list of units available in the current year. sydney.edu.au/handbooks/arts_PG/coursework/units_of_study/tables.shtml
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.
Department website: sydney.edu.au/arts/religion/
Postgraduate Research Coordinator: Dr Christopher Hartney
Phone: + 61 2 9351 2367
Awards and Requirements
Please refer to the degree resolutions in this Handbook and to the ‘Faculty Admissions Policy and Procedure for: Doctor of Philosophy: Pathways to admission’, for information on the specific admission requirements for different research award courses. sydney.edu.au/handbooks/arts_PG/research/phd.shtml
Master of Arts (Research)
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.
Master of Philosophy
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.
Doctor of Philosophy
The Doctor of Philosophy has the most stringent requirements for entry. Applicants must have a first class Honours degree or a research Masters before being admitted to a Doctor of Philosophy. 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.