Postgraduate (Research)

The Sydney College of Divinity has justifiably acquired a reputation as an excellent research consortium and a leading intellectual and creative resource to the communities it serves. It is also characterised by a broad and balanced application of learning which focuses on preparing the next generation of Christian teachers and scholars.

The SCD has one of the largest bodies of theological staff in the country and it also possesses a number of excellent libraries. The number of postgraduate research scholars is also growing year by year across a broad range of theological disciplines, and the completion rate is high. One of the central aims of our College is to ‘encourage theological scholarship which is ecumenically sensitive and relevant to issues of culture and society in Australia and Oceania.’

You may be contemplating research training opportunities, or a potential academic career, or simply deepening your understanding on a particular theological topic. Or you may be looking for the opportunity for professional development in ministry at the highest academic level and thereby, through a period of systematic reflection on the practice of ministry and by a critical, creative and academically informed investigation, to make a distinct contribution to the profession.

Whatever your goal, we hope that you might be inspired to forge a partnership with us. We warmly welcome your enquiry about possible entry into one of our several research programs.

The SCD currently offers the following awards at Research level:

Doctor of Theology

 DOCTOR OF THEOLOGY (ThD) AWARD SUMMARY Qualifications for Admission to Candidature: A person may apply for admission to the ThD if he or she has obtained or is qualified to obtain a four-year Bachelor degree, or the equivalent, in an appropriate discipline, to at least a Distinction standard. For details see Regulation E.4.1 below In all cases, prior studies should include sufficient preparation to undertake the proposed research in a theological discipline. In exceptional ...

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Doctor of Philosophy

DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY (PhD) AWARD SUMMARY Qualifications for Admission to Candidature: A person may apply for admission to the PhD if he or she has obtained or is qualified to obtain a four-year Bachelor degree, or the equivalent, in an appropriate discipline, to at least a Distinction standard. For details see Regulation D.4.1 below In all cases, prior studies should include sufficient preparation to undertake the proposed research in a theologically related area. In exceptional ...

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Doctor of Ministry

DOCTOR OF MINISTRY (DMin) AWARD SUMMARY Qualifications for Admission to Candidature: A person may apply for admission to the DMin if he or she has obtained or is qualified to obtain a four-year Bachelor degree, or the equivalent, in an appropriate discipline, to at least a High Credit standard, AND has at least four years’ full-time or equivalent part-time certified experience in ministry. For details see Regulation C.4.1 below. In all cases, prior studies should include sufficient ...

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Master of Philosophy

MASTER OF PHILOSOPHY (MPhil) AWARD SUMMARY   Qualifications for Admission to Candidature: A person may apply for admission to the MPhil if he or she has obtained or is qualified to obtain a four-year Bachelor degree, or the equivalent, in an appropriate discipline, to at least a Distinction standard. For details see Regulation B.4.1 below. In all cases, prior studies should include sufficient preparation to undertake the proposed research in a theologically related area. In ...

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