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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.


Currently no coursework degrees are offered in Studies in Religion. 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 Unit of Study Table for a list of units available in the current year.


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

Department website:

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.

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 two 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 to 100,000 words that makes an original and significant contribution to the academic study of religion.