Candidacy Milestones

Application submitted

Find out about how to apply here.


Provisional enrolment

Work with the guidance of your Principal Supervisor and Secondary Supervisor to prepare your research proposal.


Submission of research proposal

The Research Committee will consider your research proposal.


Confirmation of candidacy

You will be advised by the Research Committee if your research proposal has been accepted and your candidacy confirmed.


Seminar presentations

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.


Biannual progress reports

Twice a year you will need to submit a progress report.


Research Training Seminars

In the second and third years of your candidacy you are required to participate in research training seminars.


Thesis Writer’s Seminar

As your research progresses and you begin to write your thesis your Principal Supervisor will advise you when you need to participate in the thesis writer’s seminar.


Notice of intention to submit a thesis

Three months before you expect to submit your thesis you need to lodge an intention to submit.


Certification of the thesis

Before you submit your thesis, you and your Supervisor need to fill in this certification form.


Submission of thesis

Make sure that your thesis is presented in the manner required by the regulations before you submit it to the Research Committee.


Readers’ reports

The Research Committee will engage External Readers to examine and write reports on your thesis. They may suggest changes or further work.


Research Committee decision to require revisions or not

The External Readers’ reports will be discussed by the Research Committee, which will then decide whether or not you need to do any further work on the thesis.


Research Committee decision to award the degree

The Research Committee decides that you have satisfied the requirements of the degree and recommends to the Academic Board that the Sydney College of Divinity award the degree.



You are invited to attend a graduation ceremony to receive your award.


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