A Research School Within the Sydney College of Divinity

Established scholars supporting graduate students to enter the world of theological scholarship.


The Sydney College of Divinity Graduate Research School is part of the Sydney College of Divinity.  It is where SCD research students interact to form a community, and are supported by established scholars to undertake higher degrees by research, and to enter the wider world of research. Four higher degrees by research are offered:

  • Master of Philosophy
  • Doctor of Philosophy
  • Doctor of Theology
  • Doctor of Ministry

The Graduate Research School draws on and contributes to the research ethos of the SCD. It is coordinated by the Research Director, Professor Jim Harrison, who can be contacted at [email protected]

Applying for Admission

To be admitted potential students need to complete an application form and a summary of research intentions, have an interview with the Research Director, and be accepted by the Research Committee.

Expert Supervisors

SCD has one of the largest bodies of theological staff in the country. Once an applicant is accepted for admission, a principal supervisor and an associate supervisor are appointed for them by the SCD Research Committee. The Committee ensures that all supervisors appointed are research-active in a field relevant to the student’s research. The principal supervisor will normally be a staff member of a Member Institution of the Sydney College of Divinity, but external academics may also be specially engaged to provide supervision.

Research Student Community

The research students come together through evening Research Seminars held approximately eight times a year. 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. 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.

Research training workshops are also offered and research students are encouraged to participate in research conferences within SCD and in the wider sector.


SCD Press

Established in 2003, the SCD Press offers a significant program of publications, providing a range of peer-reviewed publication opportunities for SCD faculty, SCD research students, and other interested academics.

In addition to the Journal of Gospels and Acts Research, and the SCD Korean School of Theology’s Journal of Theological Reflections (articles are variously in Korean and English)SCD Press has reached an agreement with the editors of Early Christian Studies, previously published by the Australian Catholic University and St Pauls, Sydney, to take over publication of this important monograph series and to handle ongoing sales of the existing volumes. Successful SCD research theses may also be published by SCD Press.

Find out more here. Visit the online SCD Press Shop to purchase publications.


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