Resources for Students



Research Director

Photo of Professor James HarrisonProfessor James Harrison

The Research Director is a key resource for guidance, the first person to turn to with any question. The Research Director interviews potential research candidates and, working with the Research Committee, superintends their candidature, organises the Research Seminars and Research Workshops, processes the biannual Progress Reports of candidates, and oversees their thesis examination.

Find out more about Professor James Harrison here.


SCD has one of the largest bodies of theological staff in the country.

All candidates have both a principal supervisor and an associate supervisor, formally appointed by the SCD Research Committee and always research-active in the relevant field. The principal supervisor will normally be a staff member of a Member Institution of the Sydney College of Divinity but may be an external academic specially engaged for the purpose.

The Library

Branches of the SCD Library

Each branch of the SCD Library supports the educational needs of students and staff by providing accessible information in a variety of forms such as books, periodicals and electronic resources. For details on all the SCD Library branches including holdings, special collections and contact details view our SCD Libraries Brochure.


Graduate research students can access a catalogue of the holdings of all branches of the SCD Libary via a common web portal here:  Access online portal.

Borrowing Status

Graduate Research Students should nominate the library of an SCD Teaching Body as their home library and apply for borrowing status by submitting this form to the SCD Research Director.

Students and staff can also arrange to borrow items from any branch of the SCD library through reciprocal borrowing arrangements. Students wishing to borrow items from other branches of the SCD library should contact their Teaching Body librarian.

Students studying by distance can also arrange to borrow from any SCD library branch. Their Teaching Body librarian will provide further information and assistance.

SCD Graduate Research students may also borrow form the Macquarie University Library under a borrowing arrangement between SCD and Macquarie University.

Research Degree Library Resources Grant

A Research Degree Library Resources Grant is made each semester to the nominated SCD library in which the candidate is enrolled for the purchase of materials needed by the candidate.

Library Policy & Regulations

Our library operates according to this policy and users are required to abide by these regulations.

International Students

In Australia the SCD is a registered as a Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS) provider and the legal entity for all courses offered through its Member Institutions and Schools. The CRICOS Provider code is 02948J.

Information for International Students

Enrolment and Tuition Fees

There are two research semesters per year.  The fees, charged in Australian dollars, are:

  • $7100 per semester full time or
  • $3550 per semester part time

SCD fees are the same for both domestic and overseas students.

Australian citizens and permanent residents are eligible to apply for FEE-Help, a Government loan that covers the fee for the chosen course.

Overseas students and others not using FEE-Help are asked to pay the tuition fee at the beginning of each semester. If this presents difficulties, students may contact the Registrar to discuss the possibility of a payment plan.


For further information about tuition fees please contact the Academic Registrar


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