STUDY - 2024 Course Guide

Our Research Degrees

Pilgrim is a college of the University of Divinity, which is accredited for research supervision. Our Higher Degree by Research (HDR) awards are offered within the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF).

Pilgrim accepts enrolment from domestic and overseas students, subject to admissions criteria and government requirements.

If you have any questions about research at Pilgrim please contact our research coordinator.

Brian Macallan - Faculty
Research Coordinator

Brian Macallan

BA (Psych), BTh (Hons), MTh, DTh 

Research offers an opportunity for graduates in theology (or an associated discipline) to pursue their own study project under expert supervision. The aim of research is to create new knowledge in a chosen focus area. While research is a component of all study, Higher Degrees by Research (HDR) focus on producing a single body of specialist and expert research.

Pilgrim offers a pathway to HDR study through a Graduate Certificate in Research Methodology.

The two main HDR awards offered at Pilgrim Theological College are:

Master of Philosophy

The purpose of the Master of Philosophy is to qualify individuals to apply an advanced body of knowledge in divinity or one or more of its associated disciplines in a range of contexts and to provide a pathway for possible further learning.

Doctor of Philosophy

The purpose of the Doctor of Philosophy is to qualify individuals who apply a substantial body of knowledge to research, investigate and develop new knowledge, in one or more areas of investigation, scholarship or professional practice.