The Tabor Adelaide Doctor of Theology (ThD) is a research-based doctoral award that recognises the diversity of research in contemporary theology. There is no exit point for the ThD.
In addition to Tabor Adelaide's emphasis in its postgraduate theology programs on biblical studies and systematic and historical theology, there is a growing awareness that theology is a practical discipline with important ecclesial significance, and that theology cannot be isolated from culturally-conditioned human experience. These insights have been taken into consideration in the development of a framework for advanced theological studies in the Doctor of Theology course. Accordingly, four disciplinary specialisations are integral to the course: biblical studies, systematic and historical theology, practical theology and contextual theology.
Normal entry to the Doctor of Theology course requires a grade point average of 6.0 or higher in a Masters degree where there is a high component of theological study. However, with the approval of the Director of Postgraduate Studies in Ministry and Theology and following the advice of at least two external readers, students enrolled in the second year of a Master of Theology research-based course, or approved equivalent, may transfer into the Doctor of Theology course. Masters thesis work cannot be automatically 'rolled into' Doctoral level research, and will normally need to be substantially reconceived.
The ThD course extends knowledge, understanding and skills gained previously. The focus of the course is on original, advanced research in comprehensive and penetrating assessment of scholarly literature in the candidate's chosen field of study and research in one of the following areas of theology: biblical studies, systematic and historical theology, practical theology or contextual theology.
It is expected that successful candidates will produce a major, potentially publishable thesis embodying the results of competently supervised scholarship and research.
Graduates will have developed in depth knowledge, understanding and skills which are relevant for personal Christian living and for a variety of vocations, e.g. the ordained ministry, theological teaching, Christian writing, academic scholarship and similar vocations.
Postgraduate students are supported in their journey of learning through TAPF – Tabor Adelaide Postgraduate Fellowship. TAPF is a network providing support and resources for those engaged in postgraduate study, including opportunities for students to present their thesis ideas to other students and faculty, training on the dynamics of supervision relationship, and opportunities to hear local and visiting scholars on a range of topics.
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