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Learn about research at the Faculty of Theology and Philosophy. View our focus areas, find out how to become a research candidate, and visit our linked centres and institutes – including the Institute for Religion and Critical Inquiry (IRCI).

Research excellence and rankings

ACU ranks first in religion and religious studies in Australia. Our research in philosophy, religion and religious studies was rated 'above world standard' by the Excellence in Research Australia Report.

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Research with a mission

Our research reflects our Catholic ethos, in line with ACU's mission, and revolves around key societal needs. It's also aligned with the research of the Institute for Religion and Critical Inquiry - one of ACU's key research institutes - with an emphasis on interdisciplinary and collaborative study.

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Research within the faculty focuses on four designated areas:

  • Biblical and early Christian studies
  • Catholic thought and practice
  • Moral philosophy and applied ethics
  • Philosophy, religion, and culture.

Impact and engagement

There's a strong connection between the research we pursue and the learning and teaching that takes place across the faculty.

This synergy is unique to our faculty and is animated by events. Held across all ACU campuses, including the Rome campus, these important events highlight the comprehensive network of international partnerships and collaborations, bringing faculty and institute staff together into critical dialogue with international scholars.

The range of events on offer - including the ACU Luminaries Series, and other public lectures - ensures that world-leading research is accessible to the ACU student body, and members of the general public.

Explore upcoming and recently-held annual lectures, talks and conferences on our events page.

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Institutes and centres

Institute for Religion and Critical Inquiry

Established in 2014 and based in Melbourne, the IRCI is an integral part of the Faculty of Theology and Philosophy, fostering research into fundamental questions and issues associated with what it means to be human. It's also a vibrant hub for higher degree research across its research focus areas.

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Plunkett Centre for Ethics

A joint centre of ACU, St Vincent's Health Australia, NSW Facilities and Calvary Health Care; the Plunkett Centre for Ethics has a mission to promote the values of compassion, fellowship, justice, fairness, and intellectual and professional excellence. It aims to realise these values through research, teaching and community engagement, the provision and allocation of healthcare, and by bringing a Catholic perspective to all endeavours.

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Queensland Bioethics Centre

The QBC focuses on high-quality research, education, and consultancy in the area of bioethics, with engagement and impact at local, national and international levels. The Centre is a collaboration between ACU and the Archdiocese of Brisbane, together with other funding partners.

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Meet our research partners

We collaborate with industry, community, government and education partners to deliver real-world impact.

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Resources and support for researchers

Discover what support is available for your research, including guidance on how to get funding and manage a project.

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Institutes, academies and centres

Learn about our range of research institutes, academies and centres specialising in areas other than health.

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