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University of Divinity

University of Divinity
Established 1910
Type Theology
Chancellor Graeme Blackman
Vice-Chancellor Peter Sherlock
Location Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

The University of Divinity is an Australian collegiate university of specialisation in divinity. It is constituted by ten theological colleges from eight denominations. The University of Divinity is the direct successor of the second oldest degree-granting authority in the State of Victoria, the Melbourne College of Divinity. The university's chancery and administration are located in Kew, a suburb of Melbourne in the state of Victoria.

The Melbourne College of Divinity was constituted in 1910 by an act of the Parliament of Victoria. The act was amended in 1956, 1972, 1979, 1990 and 2005. From its beginnings the college was a self-accrediting issuer of degrees, while not becoming a university until 2011. Representatives appointed by several churches formed the college to provide tertiary level theological education. The first president was the Right Reverend Henry Lowther Clarke, Anglican Archbishop of Melbourne, and the first registrar was the Reverend John Mathew, Moderator of the Presbyterian Church of Victoria.[1]

In 2010 the Melbourne College of Divinity, under the leadership of the then dean, Paul Beirne, applied to the Victorian Regulation and Qualifications Authority for approval to operate as an "Australian University of Specialisation". The Victorian government announced on 30 August 2011 that the application had been approved and on 1 January 2012 the college began operating as a university. Peter Sherlock was elected the inaugural vice-chancellor in April 2012.[2]


  • Accreditations and affiliations 1
  • Publications 2
  • Colleges 3
  • Associated churches 4
    • In 1910 4.1
    • Present 4.2
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Accreditations and affiliations

The University of Divinity offers awards in theology, philosophy and ministry.

In 2001 the institution was listed as a Schedule 1 Higher Education Institution by the Australian Government Department of Education, Science and Training. It receives federal funding for research, Australian Postgraduate Research Awards and International Postgraduate Research Scholarships.

The Higher Education Support Act (2003) (HESA 2003) listed the institution as a Table B (Private, Self-regulating) Higher Education Provider, which allowed its students to access federally funded loans under the FEE-HELP scheme.

The University of Divinity is the only Australian University of Specialisation listed on the National Register of Higher Education Providers maintained by TEQSA.[3]



Until December 2014, United Faculty of Theology, Parkville. Victoria. A co-operative venture of the Anglican, Jesuit and Uniting theological colleges.[4]

Associated churches

In 1910



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  2. ^ Ross, John (13 January 2012). "MCD achieves specialist uni status", The Australian.
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  4. ^ a b c UFT to close at end of 2014: Two New Colleges Approved for 2015 by University of Divinity

External links

  • Official website
  • Australian Lutheran College
  • Catherine Booth College
  • Catholic Theological College
  • Morling College
  • Pilgrim Theological College
  • Sentir Graduate College of Spiritual Formation
  • St Athanasius Coptic Orthodox Theological College
  • Stirling Theological College
  • Whitley College: the Baptist College of Victoria
  • Yarra Theological Union
  • Pacifica
  • Melbourne College of Divinity Act, 1910

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