University of Divinity

University of Divinity
Melbourne College of Divinity logo.jpg
ChancellorDr Graeme Blackman AO
Vice-ChancellorProf Peter Sherlock
Location, ,
CampusBox Hill, East Melbourne, Mulgrave, Parkville, North Adelaide, Macquarie Park, Donvale

The University of Divinity is an Australian collegiate university of specialisation in divinity. It is constituted by eleven 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 (and therefore is now the second oldest university in 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, 2005 and 2016. 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 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[edit]

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]


  • Pacifica, an academic journal (1988-2017)


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

Associated churches[edit]

In 1910[edit]


See also[edit]


External links[edit]

Coordinates: 37°48′20.27″S 145°02′12.20″E / 37.8056306°S 145.0367222°E / -37.8056306; 145.0367222