Facilitating research degrees, conferences and publications.

Vose Research initiates and develops the research focus of the seminary by offering research degrees, organising seminars and conferences, as well as fostering research activity amongst faculty and students with a view to publication.

Research Degrees (Post-Graduate).


Vose now offers higher degrees by research: the ThD, for those who have completed their first degree in theology and want to research further into the theological disciplines; the PhD, for those candidates who wish to engage in theological research, but whose first degrees are in fields other than theology; and the DMin, a professional doctorate for ministry practitioners who wish to specialise in an area of research with specific relation to the practice of Christian ministry.

The Masters level qualifications require a thesis of approximately 30,00 words, while the Doctorate level requires 80-100,000 words. Theses are examined by national and international experts in the field of study, thus introducing candidates to the global community of scholars, and providing them opportunity to participate in the global theological conversation.

For further information about these higher degrees by research, please contact Dr Michael O’Neil, Director Vose Research.

Doctor of Theology

Doctor of Philosophy


The Doctor of Philosophy is designed to equip beginning researchers in a broad range of fields of study related to the humanities and social sciences and provide a qualification recognised by theological and Bible colleges as well as universities for those who teach in these fields.

Entry requirements:

For full details please see ACT’s Postgraduate Handbook


Doctor of Ministry


The Doctor of Ministry is an AQF level 10 research doctoral award whose graduates make a significant and original contribution to knowledge as applied in the context of professional Christian ministry practice.

The degree is designed to enable students to produce significant and original research outcomes and as beginning researchers demonstrate the capacity to design, implement, gather and interpret data, and communicate the results of the research for theses undertaken in specific fields of knowledge applied to various areas of professional ministry.

The degree is for theological and non-theological graduates already in significant leadership positions in churches, denominational offices, para-church organisations and institutions where people want to enhance their research by also applying insights from Christian traditions.

Graduates with a Doctor of Ministry have already been employed in significant denominational positions for strategic planning as well as teaching pastoral and mission courses at theological colleges, bible colleges and seminaries in Australian and overseas and would continue to do so.

Entry requirements:

For full details please see ACT’s Postgraduate Handbook

The Vose Conference and Academic Seminars.


The aim of the Vose Conference is to provide thoughtful, relevant theological reflection on issues of primary importance. Our goal is to encourage, support and resource the local church by equipping leaders and congregations alike to live fruitfully and faithfully in their calling as ministers of the gospel of peace.  Recent conferences have included keynote addresses from distinguished contemporary theologians including Michael Quicke, Derek Tidball, Scot McKnight, Stephen Garner and Brian Harris.

Throughout the year, opportunity is also given for students and other interested individuals to attend our popular Academic Seminars which highlight specific areas of research and enquiry presented by Vose research students and faculty members.



Vose has a substantial and growing record of publication, giving the Seminary and its faculty a voice in the global theological conversation. Publications of individual faculty members are housed in the library. Vose faculty regularly publish books, journal articles, and also regularly collaborate to produce collections.

*Courses are available to International Students  |  As an affiliated college of the Australian College of Theology, Vose is approved to deliver the above courses of the ACT (CRICOS 02650E)

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