Institute for Religion & Critical Inquiry

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The Institute for Religion and Critical Inquiry offers supervised research degrees in a variety of theological and philosophical areas at a Master or Doctoral level.

The Institute’s areas of strength include New Testament Studies, Early Christian Studies, Systematic Theology, Continental and Analytic Philosophy (including Ethics), Digital Humanities, and Religious History. Supervisors are members of the following Centres and Projects:

  • Biblical and Early Christian Studies
  • Catholic Thought and Practice
  • Moral Philosophy and Applied Ethics
  • Philosophy, Religion, and Culture
  • Julfa Cemetery Digital Repatriation Project

If you are interested in exploring a Theological or Philosophical issue in greater depth, we offer a number of degrees:

We welcome inquiries from suitably qualified students considering these higher degrees. Please contact Dr Michael Champion for further information.  

Centre for Philosophy, Religion, and Culture: Atheism and Christianity: Moving Past Polemic

ACU is funding a major project titled ‘Atheism and Christianity: Moving Past Polemic’. A brief description of the research program is here. Prospective students interested in working in these research areas and interested in ACU scholarships should apply via the ACU Graduate Research portal. If you are interested in applying, please first contact Dr David Newheiser for further information.

As part of the standard ACU application portal, and alongside other information, there will be opportunity to provide:

  • An academic transcript;
  • a research proposal (no more than 1000 words) related to the Atheism and Christianity project;
  • an intellectual autobiography (no more than 1000 words); and
  • a CV with contact details of 2 academic referees.

Research proposals should:

  • identify the central research questions for your proposed topic;
  • provide a short sketch relating the proposed project to existing work in the field;
  • connect the proposal to the work of the Centre for Philosophy, Religion, and Culture; and
  • outline briefly the contribution the project would make to the fields of philosophy and/or religious studies.

ACU’s Institute for Religion and Critical Inquiry has an international staff profile. You can find information about ACU, the Institute, the Centre for Philosophy, Religion, and Culture, and living in Melbourne below.

Centre for Biblical and Early Christian Studies: Modes of Knowing and the Ordering of Knowledge in Early Christianity

The Australian Catholic University (ACU) is supporting a major international research project on ‘Modes of Knowing and the Ordering of Knowledge in Early Christianity’. You can familiarise yourself with the research program here. Prospective students interested in working in these research areas and interested in ACU scholarships should apply via the ACU Graduate Research portal. For further information, please contact Dr Michael Champion.

Within the standard ACU application portal, PhD research proposals should: i) Identify the central research questions for your proposed topic; ii) provide a short sketch of relevant scholarship to show what the original contribution of the PhD project would be; iii) identify the strand(s)/research theme(s) of the Modes of Knowing project to which the PhD project would contribute; and iv) outline briefly how the project would advance knowledge in the field of early Christian studies more generally.

ACU’s Institute for Religion and Critical Inquiry has an international staff profile. The Institute runs a monthly interdisciplinary research seminar and the Centre for Biblical and Early Christian Studies also runs a fortnightly seminar. ACU also sponsors an annual postgraduate student conference, bringing together students from around Australia.

You can find information about ACU, the Institute, the Centre for Biblical and Early Christian Studies, and living in Melbourne below.