Research Degree Candidature
Research degree candidates are enrolled directly in the SCD Graduate Research School, not via an individual Member Institution or the Korean School of Theology, but supervisors are usually based in Member Institutions or the Korean School of Theology and students use the libraries of these institutions; occasionally, a supervisor may be an external academic based in another theological college or university. All supervisors are required to have recognition as being research-active. For the policy regarding SCD faculty see Research Active in the SCD Policy.
Research Student Community
The fact that the research degrees are delivered centrally contributes to the sense of sharing in a collective experience as the SCD Graduate Research School.
A sense of inclusion in this research student community is provided especially through the Research Seminars, which are held approximately eight times a year at evening times, as well as ‘how-to’ Research Degree Workshops. Sydney-based students are expected to attend the Research Seminars regularly in person. Students living beyond Sydney are asked to attend in person at least once a year and otherwise to attend the seminars by electronic means.
All research students are expected to present a short paper related to their thesis work at intervals, and to take turns in presenting prepared responses to other students’ papers, apart from participating in the general discussion following paper presentations. The modelling of formal presentation and response is intended as training in research conference participation. As well as contributing to the development of each person’s research capacity and skills, moreover, these seminars allow students who may be carrying out their work alone to experience membership of a community of scholars and make friends with other people in a similar position.
SCD research students are also encouraged to attend and offer papers at the SCD conferences and other academic conferences that are publicised within SCD. The SCD has partnered with four other national theological institutions in developing the annual Postgraduate Research Conference: Theology and Philosophy, where SCD research students are encouraged and supported to offer papers, or simply attend, meet other research students from across the sector (who may well become colleagues or associates later in life), and gain a wider vision of theological research.
SCD research students are also provided with other research news that is circulated to the SCD faculty, such as information about special lectures within SCD and its teaching bodies and recent research publications of faculty. Such communication is intended to help make the students aware that they belong to the overall SCD research community.
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