The Sydney College of Divinity Graduate Research School is part of the Sydney College of Divinity. It is where research degree students interact with each other and established scholars from the SCD faculty and beyond. Established scholars provide both the supervision of individual theses and associated research activities that support students in entering the wider world of research. The SCD Graduate Research School offers four higher degrees by research:
- Master of Philosophy
- Doctor of Philosophy
- Doctor of Theology
- Doctor of Ministry
The Doctor of Ministry student undertake two initial course units (20%) followed by research and thesis (80%) whereas the other awards are undertaken by research and thesis alone.
Research degree candidates enrol directly in the SCD Graduate Research School, following an interview with the Research Director, lodging of a completed Application Form and Summary of Research Intentions, and admission through the Research Committee, on the basis of prior qualifications and preparedness, as well as a commitment on the part of SCD to providing appropriate supervision for the proposed thesis.
Both a principal supervisor and an associate supervisor are appointed by the Research Committee for each candidate. Supervisors are usually based in Member Institutions or the Korean School of Theology and students use the libraries of these institutions, which together constitute the SCD Library. Occasionally, a supervisor may be an external academic based in another theological college or university and contracted to SCD for this purpose only. All supervisors are required to be research-active.
The research student community is brought together 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. At these seminars students gain experience in communicating their research aims and findings by presenting short papers on their research and other students learn to critique them constructively. Occasionally other scholars are invited to make presentations that will be instructive for the research students. The seminars are also opportunities for social mingling over refreshments.
Research degree candidates are also encouraged to participate in research conferences within SCD and in the wider sector.
The Graduate Research School draws on and contributes to the overall research ethos of SCD. It is coordinated by the Research Director, Prof. Jim Harrison, to whom all enquiries should be directed:
For further information see the other pages on the Graduate Research School website.