SCD Handbook

Sydney College of Divinity Handbook (digital)

The SCD Handbook is the online guide to the Sydney College of Divinity undergraduate and postgraduate (coursework and research) programs with information about admissions and who SCD is.

SECTION 1:  Overview of the Sydney College of Divinity

SECTION 2:  Governance

SECTION 3:  General Academic Regulations

SECTION 4:  Diploma Award Programs & Specific Regulations

SECTION 5:  Associate Degree Program & Specific Regulations

SECTION 6:  Bachelor Degree Programs & Specific Regulations

SECTION 7:  Postgraduate Coursework Programs and Specific Regulations

SECTION 8:  Korean Language Programs & Specific Regulations

SECTION 9:  Research Degree Programs & Specific Regulations

SECTION 10:  Course Units, Timetables and Unit Fees


The digital version of the Sydney College of Divinity Handbook on this website is not an identical copy of the print version. Some of the differences include hyperlinks to other pages on the web and content modified/omitted to avoid repetitiveness. A PDF version of the 2020 SCD Handbook will be uploaded later.

© Copyright in this handbook belongs to the Sydney College of Divinity Ltd.  No part of the Sydney College of Divinity Handbook may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted, in any form or by any means without the prior written permission of the Sydney College of Divinity. Every reasonable effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information in the Sydney College of Divinity Handbook displayed online in 10 Sections. However, the information is subject to change from time to time as changes in legislation and/or Sydney College of Divinity policies may impact on the currency of the information included. The College reserves the right to vary and update, without notice, any information in the Handbook. Contact the Sydney College of Divinity at +61 2 9889 1969 or email [email protected] for latest information and queries. 

Section One

SECTION ONE : Overview of the Sydney College of Divinity

This section provides a general summary of the Sydney College of Divinity (SCD). Some of the contents are linked to pages within the website.

Contents

  • Mission Statement
  • History
  • Accreditation
  • Award overview (List of all the awards offered)
  • Flexible delivery
  • CRICOS (lists of colleges and courses listed on CRICOS)
  • Research at the Sydney College of Divinity
  • Study Paths
    • Path A – for those who begin their theological studies with an undergraduate theology award &
    • Path B – Graduate programs for those who have completed a three year undergraduate award
  • Teaching bodies
  • Register of Supervisors
  • Fellows of the College
  • Doctors of Theology honoris causa
  • Prizes
    • Dianne Feeney Memorial
    • Beth Blackall Memorial
    • Brian Murray Memorial
    • SCD Centre for Gospels Research Essay
    • Award from the Council of Christians and Jews
  • Student Entitlements and Services

 

Awards Overview

The Sydney College of Divinity is recognised by the Commonwealth Government as a Higher Education Provider and is listed on the TEQSA Register of Higher Education Providers with self-accrediting authority authorisation.

Overview of the awards offered

The Sydney College of Divinity is accredited to teach the following awards:

Awards delivered in English Postnominal
Diploma of Ministry DipMin
Diploma of Christian Studies DipChSt
Diploma of Theology DipTh
Associate Degree of Christian Thought and Practice AssocDegChThPr
Bachelor of Ministry BMin
Bachelor of Theology BTh
Bachelor of Ministry (Honours) BMin(Hons)
Bachelor of Theology (Honours) BTh(Hons)
Graduate Certificate in Arts GradCertArts
Graduate Certificate in Leadership GradCertLead
Graduate Certificate in Pastoral Supervision GradCertPSupervision
Graduate Certificate in Theological Education GradCertThEd
Graduate Certificate in Theological Studies GradCertThSt
Graduate Diploma of Arts GradDipArts
Graduate Diploma of Leadership GradDipLead
Graduate Diploma of Professional Supervision GradDipProfSupervision
Graduate Diploma of Theological Studies GradDipThSt
Master of Arts MA
Master of Leadership MLead
Master of Professional Supervision MProfSupervision
Master of Theological Studies MThSt
Master of Theology MTh
Master of Divinity MDiv
Master of Philosophy MPhil
Doctor of Ministry DMin
Doctor of Philosophy PhD
Doctor of Theology ThD
Awards delivered in Korean
Diploma of Ministry (Korean) DipMin (Korean)
Diploma of Christian Studies (Korean) DipChSt (Korean)
Associate Degree of Christian Thought and Practice (Korean) AssocDegChThPr (Korean)
Bachelor of Theology (Korean) BTh (Korean)
Bachelor of Theology (Honours) (Korean) BTh(Hons) (Korean)
Graduate Certificate in Arts (Korean) GradCertArts (Korean)
Graduate Diploma of Arts (Korean) GradDipArts (Korean)
Master of Arts (Korean) MA (Korean)
Master of Divinity (Korean) MDiv (Korean)
Master of Theology (Korean) MTh (Korean)

Find out more about the courses.

 

CRICOS Provider

Sydney College of Divinity CRICOS Provider Code: 02948J

Sydney College of Divinity is registered with the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS). Registration on CRICOS allows Sydney College of Divinity to offer courses to international students studying, or intending to study, in Australia on student visas. Listed below are the courses offered to international students and the Sydney College of Divinity teaching bodies delivering the courses.

College and campus where the course is delivered Name of the course  CRICOS
Course Code
Australian College of  Christian Studies (formerly Emmaus Bible College)
– Sydney campus at Level 2, 29 George St, Burwood, NSW 2134
Graduate Certificate in Arts 082669J
Graduate Diploma of Arts 063707K
Master of Arts 063708J
Master of Divinity 063710D
Master of Theology 063709G
Australian College of  Christian Studies
– Perth campus at Perth Bible College 1 College Court, Karrinyup WA 6018
Graduate Certificate in Arts 082669J
Graduate Diploma of Arts 063707K
Master of Arts 063708J
Master of Divinity 063710D
Master of Theology 063709G
Catholic Institute of Sydney
– 99 Albert Road, Strathfield, Sydney, NSW 2135
Bachelor of Ministry 082719D
Bachelor of Theology 063703C
Graduate Certificate in Arts 082669J
Master of Arts 063708J
Master of Theology 063709G
Nazarene Theological College
– 40 Woodlands Dr, Thornlands QLD 4164
Diploma of Christian Studies 071257J
Associate Degree of Christian Thought and Practice 071256K
Bachelor of Ministry 082719D
Bachelor of Theology 063703C
Graduate Certificate in Arts 082669J
Graduate Diploma of Arts 063707K
Master of Arts 063708J
Master of Divinity 063710D
Master of Theology 063709G
Sydney College of Divinity Korean School of Theology
– Sydney campus at Unit 6B 5 Talavera Road, North Ryde NSW 2113
Bachelor of Theology (Korean) 063705A
Bachelor of Theology (Honours) (Korean) 082722J
Graduate Certificate in Arts (Korean) 082724G
Graduate Diploma of Arts (Korean) 082725F
Master of Arts (Korean) 082726E
Master of Divinity (Korean) 082727D
Master of Theology (Korean) 082728C
Sydney College of Divinity Korean School of Theology
– Brisbane campus at Nazarene Theological College 40 Woodlands Dr, Thornlands QLD 4164
Diploma of Christian Studies(Korean) 082723G
Associate Degree of Christian Thought and Practice (Korean) 082721K
Bachelor of Theology (Korean) 063705A
Master of Divinity (Korean) 082727D
Sydney College of Divinity Korean School of Theology
– Melbourne campus at Yarra Theological Union, 98 Albion Road, Box Hill, VIC 3128
Bachelor of Theology (Korean) 063705A
Graduate Certificate in Arts (Korean) 082724G
Graduate Diploma of Arts (Korean) 082725F
Master of Arts (Korean) 082726E
Master of Divinity (Korean) 082727D
Master of Theology (Korean) 082728C
Sydney College of Divinity Graduate Research School
– Unit 6B 5 Talavera Road, North Ryde NSW 2113
Master of Philosophy 082668K
Doctor of Ministry 063714M
Doctor of Philosophy 063715K
Doctor of Theology 063716J

 

Study Paths

Study Paths A and B

Sydney College of Divinity courses and awards are organised in terms of the following two study paths.

PATH A: for those who begin their theological studies with an undergraduate theology award

Path A is structured around the Bachelor of Theology and the Bachelor of Ministry as the primary undergraduate awards in theology and ministry which serve as a basis for subsequent graduate study to the highest levels. The minimum entry requirement is tertiary matriculation.  Students who complete the Bachelor of Theology or Bachelor of Ministry may move on to the Bachelor of Theology (Honours) or the Bachelor of Ministry (Honours) respectively, or the Master of Arts or the Master of Theology and hence to higher research degrees, the Master of Philosophy, the Doctor of Ministry, the Doctor of Philosophy and the Doctor of Theology.

a) Pre-degree Awards

Diploma of Ministry: A 1 ½ year full-time, 5 year part-time program of study in theology, biblical studies and Christian ministry and practice related disciplines. This award is available in distance education mode
Diploma of Theology: A 1 ½ year full-time, 5 year part-time program of study in theology, biblical studies and related disciplines. This award is available in distance education mode.
Diploma of Christian Studies: A 1 year full-time, 3 year part-time program of study in theology, biblical studies and related disciplines. This is made up of Bachelor of Theology/Ministry degree level units. This award is available in distance education mode.

b)  Undergraduate Degrees

Associate Degree of Christian Thought and Practice: A 2 year full-time, 6 year part-time program of theological study with special focus on Christian Thought (biblical studies, theology, philosophy, church history) and/or on Christian Practice (pastoral counselling, worship and liturgy, mission, pastoral theology, Christian spirituality, Christian ethics). This award is available in distance education mode.
Bachelor of Ministry:

 

A 3 year full-time, 9 year part-time program leading to the primary undergraduate qualification in ministry. The Bachelor of Ministry is a primary undergraduate award which provides a broad and coherent study of Christian Life and Ministry and related studies in Biblical Studies and Theology through a structure of majors and sub-majors.  This degree prepares candidates for professional and lay Christian ministry and for further learning beyond the degree.

In order to ensure coherence of structure and sequencing of units, a student can obtain the Bachelor of Ministry only by fulfilling the particular subject area and unit requirements of a Teaching Body authorised to offer the award and in which the student is enrolled. This award is available in distance education mode.

Bachelor of Theology: A 3 year full-time, 9 year part-time program leading to the primary undergraduate qualification in theology. The Bachelor of Theology provides a broad and coherent study of theology and related disciplines through a structure of majors and sub-majors. This degree prepares candidates for professional and lay Christian ministry and for further learning beyond the degree.

In order to ensure coherence of structure and sequencing of units, a student can obtain the Bachelor of Theology only by fulfilling the particular subject area and unit requirements of a Teaching Body authorised to offer the award and in which the student is enrolled. This award is available in distance education mode.

c) Postgraduate Degrees

Bachelor of Ministry
(Honours): 
A 1 year full-time, 3 year part-time program for Sydney College of Divinity Bachelor of Ministry graduates (or equivalent). The award provides opportunity for preparatory research as a stepping stone to research in ministry at the highest level.
Bachelor of Theology
(Honours):
A 1 year full-time, 3 year part-time program for Sydney College of Divinity Bachelor of Theology graduates (or equivalent). The award provides opportunity for preparatory research as a stepping stone to research in theology at the highest level.
Master of Arts: A 1.5 year full-time, 4.5 year part-time program of studies taken from a designated list of both core and elective units, available to candidates who hold a bachelor degree in Theology or Ministry. This award is available in distance education mode.
Master of Theology: A 1.5 full-time, 4.5 year part-time program of graduate study in theology and related disciplines for candidates with the Bachelor of Theology or equivalent, who wish to pursue theological studies in greater depth and with greater rigour.  This award is available in distance education mode.

The research awards into which Path A articulates are Master of Philosophy, Doctor of Theology, Doctor of Philosophy and Doctor of Ministry.

PATH B – Graduate programs for those who have completed a three year undergraduate award

Path B provides programs in theology and related disciplines for students who have already gained a three-year undergraduate degree in another field. Students may complete a variety of awards from Graduate Certificates up to the Master of Divinity, with various entry and exit points. Specialised awards are available in particular disciplines through the Master of Arts, which can also be taken as exit points from the Master of Divinity. The Graduate Certificate in Arts, the Graduate Diploma of Arts and the Master of Arts are “nested” in order to provide students with the opportunity to undertake theological subjects at graduate level with an option as to entry and exit points.

On completion of appropriate graduate studies a student may move on to either the research interdisciplinary awards, Master of Philosophy or Doctor of Philosophy, or in the case of the Master of Divinity on to the purely theological award Doctor of Theology. A specialised opportunity for advanced research is available with the Doctor of Ministry, which incorporates the pursuit of advanced study in Christian Life and Ministry by research at the highest academic level in the context of professional practice.

Graduate Certificate in Arts: A 0.5 year full-time, 1.5 year part-time program of studies in which candidates apply a body of theological knowledge in a range of contexts relating to ministry and/or further learning. Successful completion of this award allows entry into the Master of Arts program. This award is available in distance education mode.
Graduate Diploma of Arts: A 1 year full-time, 3 year part-time program of studies in which candidates apply a body of theological knowledge in a range of contexts relating to ministry and/or further learning. This award is available in distance education mode.
Master of Arts: A 1- 1.5 year full-time, 3 – 4.5 year part-time program of studies taken from a designated list of both core and elective units. Entry into the 1 year stream of this award requires the prior completion of the SCD Graduate Certificate in Arts (or equivalent AQF Level 8 award in theological or ministerial studies). This award is available in distance education mode.
Master of Divinity: A 3 year full-time, 9 year part-time graduate entry program for students undertaking initial theological studies.  It provides a comprehensive education in theology comparable in breadth and depth to the Bachelor of Theology, including a deeper and theological understanding, spiritual formation, and cultural literacy that will prepare candidates for ordained or other professional ministry in church, parachurch or non-profit organizations, and other similar vocational settings. This award is available in distance education mode.
Master of Theological Studies: A 1 year full-time, 3 year part-time graduate entry program for students undertaking initial theological studies.  This award is available in distance education mode.

a) Postgraduate Research Awards

Master of Philosophy: A 1 year full-time, 2 year part-time program of graduate study in theology and related disciplines by research and the submission of a thesis for candidates with a Bachelor (Hons) degree or equivalent with results at Class II, Division 1, from the Sydney College of Divinity or an equivalent institution.
Doctor of Ministry: A 3-4 years full-time or 6-8 years part-time higher award by research (80%) and coursework (20%) for candidates who have obtained or are qualified to obtain a four-year Bachelor degree, or the equivalent, in an appropriate discipline, to at least a High Credit standard, AND have at least four years’ full-time or equivalent part-time certified experience in ministry.
Doctor of Philosophy: A 3-4 years full-time or 6-8 years part-time program of graduate study in theologically related disciplines by research and the submission of a thesis for candidates who have obtained or are qualified to obtain a four-year Bachelor degree, or the equivalent, in an appropriate discipline, to at least a Distinction standard.
Doctor of Theology: A 3-4 years full-time or 6-8 years part-time program of graduate study in theology and related disciplines by research and the submission of a thesis for candidates who have obtained or are qualified to obtain a four-year Bachelor degree, or the equivalent, in an appropriate discipline, to at least a Distinction standard.

 

Teaching Bodies

Teaching bodies of the Sydney College of Divinity

The teaching bodies of the Sydney College of Divinity are

  1. Australian College of Christian Studies
  2. Australian College of Ministries
  3. Catholic Institute of Sydney
  4. Korean School of Theology
  5. Nazarene Theological College
  6. NSW College of Clinical Pastoral Education
  7. SCD Graduate Research School
  8. St Andrew's Greek Orthodox Theological College
  9. St Cyril's Coptic Orthodox Theological College

The list is made up of seven Member Institutions and the SCD Graduate Research School and the SCD Korean School of Theology.

Australian College of Christian Studies (ACCS)

ACCS is a multi-denominational, dual sector Christian Education Centre offering Sydney College of Divinity postgraduate awards.

ACCS’ academic programs are designed for those who desire a biblical and theological foundation to equip them to be effective in the local church, community or mission field. The College aims to equip God’s people to be agents of change in the world by providing quality Christian education, which is Christ-centred, biblically grounded, ministry based, academically sound and career orientated.

In December 2010, Emmaus Bible College accepted responsibility for the operations of Tabor College NSW with both colleges operating independently with a common Board of Governance and an interchange of faculty teaching at both institutions. In December 2015, the board commenced the strategic direction to merge the two colleges, with both colleges working toward operating as a single entity from 2017. The combined entity retained the name Australian College of Christian Studies (ACCS) due to its higher education provider status.

Today ACCS provides a range of options for both full-time, part-time students and distance education through online learning. Many students at ACCS are seeking to improve their ability to serve God in local churches, youth ministry, missions and para-church agencies.

Australian College of Ministries (ACOM)

The Australian College of Ministries (ACOM) is an international provider of life changing, ministry training experiences. ACOM specialises in flexible delivery, with its hybrid of distance learning experience mixed with targeted face-to-face student support through Formation Groups and Subject Facilitations. ACOM has developed a national and international reputation for excellence and innovation. ACOM has produced thousands of graduates serving as ministers, evangelists, lay leaders, welfare workers, teachers, missionaries and church planters.

ACOM was originally birthed as a campus-­based residential college over seventy-five years ago (1941) as the Churches of Christ in NSW Theological College (Woolwich, Sydney). The college merged with Kenmore Christian College (Queensland) in 1999 to form The Australian College of Ministries.

ACOM is currently Sponsored by Churches of Christ in NSW (CofCNSW) and the Christian and Missionary Alliance of Australia (C&MA). The sponsorship enables ACOM to pursue its mission and partner with initiatives such as: The Tops Conference Centre, Navigate Programs, Living Care and the Alliance Institute for Mission who offer specific mission training courses; supporting the development and training for cross-cultural ministry.

Catholic Institute of Sydney (CIS)

The Catholic Institute of Sydney (CIS) is a community of faith and learning in which teachers and students seek to bring the Gospel into dialogue with Australian culture by drawing upon and developing the intellectual heritage of the Church. The Institute was established as an Ecclesiastical Faculty in 1954, empowered to award Roman ecclesiastical degrees. It has been committed to the education of Catholic priests since the late 1880s. In order to provide for the needs of people preparing for professional ministry in the Church, CIS offers studies leading to the nationally recognised awards of the Sydney College of Divinity. Part-time studies are available.

Nazarene Theological College (NTC)

Nazarene Theological College (NTC) was established in 1953 by the Church of the Nazarene, an evangelical denomination in the Wesleyan tradition. It is one of fifty-two tertiary level institutions worldwide operated by the church, serving both its own denomination and students from other Christian traditions. Its major focus is to prepare men and women for the challenges of Christian ministry (both ordained and lay) in Australia, New Zealand and throughout the world. Nazarene Theological College fosters within the students a passion to make a difference in the church and community through involvement in mission, discipleship and pastoral care. Students are prepared for Christian service through accredited undergraduate and postgraduate awards in theology and ministry.

NSW College of Clinical Pastoral Education (NSWCCPE) INC

The New South Wales College of Clinical Pastoral Education (NSWCCPE) began as the Council for Clinical Pastoral Education on July 1, 1963. Since then the CPE movement in NSW has expanded to include CPE Centres at St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney Adventist Hospital, Westmead Hospital, The Mental Health CPE Centre at Hornsby, Canberra and Regions Centre for Spiritual Care and CPE and John Hunter Centre for CPE.  CPE is also conducted at Gosford and Goulburn.

The College teaches the Masters of Arts, specialising in Chaplaincy and in Pastoral Supervision.  These are an outworking of the history of the organisation.

Applicants for the Master of Arts with a specialisation in Pastoral Supervision will be required to have done Clinical Pastoral Education up to advanced level and meet the College’s requirements for permission to act as a Level I Supervisor in Clinical Pastoral Education.

Saint Andrew’s Greek Orthodox Theological College (SAGOTC)

St Andrew’s Greek Orthodox Theological College (SAGOTC) was officially opened on 23 February, 1986, and is an instrument of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia Consolidated Trust.

St Andrew’s was established in order to provide tertiary level education and training of Christian Orthodox clergy, theologians, lay teachers and ministers in order to meet the catechetical and pastoral needs of the Orthodox Church in Australia.  It is also intended to be a centre of ecumenical scholarship and learning.

Saint Cyril’s Coptic Orthodox Theological College (SCTC)

St Cyril’s Coptic Orthodox Theological College (SCTC) is a tertiary provider of leading edge theological education in the tradition of the Orthodox Church. Since 1982 we have been educating men and women in the service of the Church, offering both undergraduate and postgraduate accredited degrees in Orthodox Theology in the Coptic tradition.

St Cyril’s is an educational institution which is faithful to the Orthodox Christian faith as lived and experienced by the Coptic Orthodox Church throughout her history spanning two millennia. Witnessing to the Orthodox faith, St Cyril’s aims to explore and present this faith within a rigorous educational framework, in harmony with our modern Australian context, without losing sight of the spiritual dimension of authentic Orthodox theology and education.

Sydney College of Divinity Korean School of Theology

SCD Korean School of Theology began in 2010, as a home for theological studies in the Korean language in Australia.

Our Korean program offers government-accredited, university-level awards directed

– to prepare future pastors and leaders for the Korean church in Australia,
– to educate Koreans who wish to understand the Christian faith better; and
– to train scholars who will be able to teach theological studies to future generations

The programs are suitable for Koreans who do not have the language qualification to undertake these studies in English and for other Koreans who could obtain this qualification but prefer to study in their first language. The program is approved for both local and overseas students.

The SCD Korean School of Theology operate on three campuses including Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.

Sydney College of Divinity Graduate Research School

SCD Graduate Research School delivers postgraduate research degrees (Higher Degree by Research). The Graduate Research School draws on and contributes to the research ethos of the Sydney College of Divinity. It is coordinated by the Sydney College of Divinity Research Director.

Register of Supervisors

Research active faculty

The members of the Register are eligible to supervise candidates in the research degrees of the College, or act as associate supervisors. A precondition for being a research supervisor or associate supervisor is that the academic is research active as defined in the Research Active in the SCD Policy.

The Register of Supervisors currently has the following members:

Supervisor Member Institution Discipline Original date of entry/last review/next review
Dr Bruce Allder Nazarene Theological College Pastoral Theology and Liturgy 11.2018/2023
Dr Robert Andrews Catholic Institute of Sydney Church History 5.2018/2023
Prof Les Ball Australian College of Ministries Theology 2013/2017/2022
A/Prof Peter Bolt Office of the Dean Biblical Studies 4.2016/2021
Dr Tim Bulkeley Australian College of Ministries Pastoral Counselling 8.2016/2021
Dr John Collins Catholic Institute of Sydney Pastoral 10.2016/2021
Dr Michele Connolly Catholic Institute of Sydney Biblical Studies 4.2011/2017/2022
Dr Doru Costache St Cyril’s Coptic Orthodox Theological College Theology 2.2009/2014/2019
Prof Darren Cronshaw Australian College of Ministries Missiology
Pastoral Theology and Practice
8.2011/2016/2021
Dr Rohan Curnow Catholic Institute of Sydney Theology 3.2012/2017/2022
A/Prof Matthew Del Nevo Catholic Institute of Sydney Philosophy
Christian Spirituality
5.2008/2019/2024
Dr Mervyn Duffy Catholic Institute of Sydney: Good Shepherd College Theology 7.2012/2017/2022
Dr Rob Fringer Nazarene Theological College Biblical Studies 8.2017/2022
Prof James Harrison Office of the Dean Biblical Studies 7.2012/2017
Dr Philip Kariatlis St Andrew’s Greek Orthodox College Theology 2.2010/2015/2020
Prof Gerard Kelly Catholic Institute of Sydney Theology 5.2008/2019/2024
Dr Honam Kim SCD Korean School of Theology Biblical Studies 6.2015/2020
Dr Jin Heung Kim SCD Korean School of Theology Theology 3.2015/2020
Dr Sehyun Kim SCD Korean School of Theology Biblical Studies 9.2016/2021
Dr Xavier Lakshmanan Australian College of Christian Studies Theology 10.2016/2021
Dr Peter Laughlin Australian College of Ministries Theology
Biblical Studies
8.2016/2021
A/Prof David McEwan Nazarene Theological College Theology 2.2009/2014/2019
Dr Andrew Murray Catholic Institute of Sydney Philosophy 2.2009/2017/2022
Prof Isabell Naumann Catholic Institute of Sydney Theology 5.2008/2019/2024
A/Prof Dennis Nutt Australian College of Ministries Church History
Biblical Languages
2.2018/2023
Prof Neil Ormerod Office of the Dean Theology 3.2019/2024
Dr John Owens Catholic Institute of Sydney: Good Shepherd College Philosophy 5.2008/2019/2024
Dr Dean Smith Nazarene Theological College Theology
Philosophy
7.2011/2017/2022
A/Prof Stephen Smith Australian College of Ministries Pastoral Theology and Practice 5.2013/2018
Dr Debra Snoddy Catholic Institute of Sydney Biblical Studies 5.2019/2024
Prof Diane Speed Office of the Dean N/A (Humanities in the Christian Tradition) 3.2012/5.2018/2023
Dr Linda Stargel Nazarene Theological College Biblical Studies 5.2019/2024
Dr Robert Tilley Catholic Institute of Sydney Biblical Studies 4.2011/2016/2021
Dr André van Oudtshoorn Australian College of Christian Studies: Perth Bible College Biblical Studies
Pastoral Theology and Practice
3.2012/2017/2022

External Academics formerly on the SCD Faculty and currently supervising individual candidates

  • Dr Stuart Devenish (Tabor College Adelaide)
  • Dr Dean Drayton (formerly Charles Sturt University)
  • Dr William Emilson (formerly Charles Sturt University)
  • Dr Neil Holm (Honorary Research Associate)
  • A/Prof Gerard Moore (Charles Sturt University)
  • Dr Raymond Nobbs (formerly SCD Dean; Executive Officer and Secretary of ANZATS)
  • A/Prof Clive Pearson (formerly Charles Sturt University)

Other external Academics currently supervising individual candidates

  • Dr David Bishau (Honorary Research Associate, Zimbabwe Open University)
  • Dr Barbara Bulkeley (Bethlehem Tertiary Institute, New Zealand)
  • Dr Helen Cameron (York St John University, England)
  • Prof Yoon Bae Choi (Presbyterian University and Theological Seminary, Korea)
  • Dr John Davies (formerly Christ College, Burwood, NSW)
  • Dr Peter Davis (Excelsia College)
  • Dr Robert Dixon (Australian Catholic University)
  • Dr David Höhne (Moore College)
  • Dr Michael Jensen (Honorary Research Associate, formerly Moore Theological College)
  • Prof Christopher Marshall (Victoria University, Wellington)
  • Dr Lawrence Nemer (University of Divinity)
  • Prof Thomas Noble (Nazarene Theological Seminary, Kansas)
  • Prof Kate Rigby (Monash University)
  • Dr Paul O’Shea
  • Dr Paula Smith
  • Dr Noel Weeks (formerly Sydney University)
  • Dr Darrell Whiteman (The Mission Society USA, formerly Asbury Theological Seminary)
  • Dr Nakheung Yang (Kosin University)

 

Fellows

Fellows of the Sydney College of Divinity

2003

  • Mr H. Arns BA ALAA
  • The Rev. Dr G. Ferguson MA BD PhD
  • Dr W. W. Grant BA DipEdAdmin EdS EdD
  • The Rev. Dr J. Hill PhD STL
  • Sr P. Kent rsm BA DipTh GradDipRelStud
  • The Rev. Canon Dr C. O’Reilly MTh GradDipEdAdmin DMin

2006

  • The Rev. Dennis Nutt BD MA MACE

2007

  • Prof. Warwick Wilson BA MEd MA(Hons) FRGS FNGTA

2010

  • Mr David Blair MA FRSA

2017

  • Mr Richard Wheeler  BBusStud FCPA FAICD

 

Honoris causa

Doctor of Theology honoris causa

2001

  • The Rev. G. S. Dicker BA BD TheolM ThD
  • His Eminence Archbishop Prof. S. Harkianakis BD DD

2003

  • Prof. A. D’Arbon fms BSc MSc PhD FACE FNSWIEA FACEA
  • The Rev. J. Garrett MA BD DUniv

2005

  • Assoc. Prof. M. Horsburgh BA DipSocWk MSW

 

Prizes

Memorial grants and medals

Dianne Feeney Memorial

A grant and medal has been established by the Council of the Sydney College of Divinity.  It is to be awarded each year to the candidate of the college who has gained the highest level of achievement in the Bachelor of Theology and who is proceeding to further theological study as a graduate student in the college.

The grant and medal is a memorial to honour the life and work of Dianne Feeney, who was a member of the teaching faculty in the Churches of Christ in NSW Theological College as an anthropologist and missiologist. She played a constructive part in the development of the Sydney College of Divinity until her tragic death in New Guinea on 28 November, 1985.  The award will be paid from a fund which was set up in 1987 with donations from some of her colleagues and from Teaching Bodies of the Sydney College of Divinity.

Winners

1998 Joan Frances Wilcox

1999 Peter Trafford Walker

2000 Anastasios Kalogerakis

2001 John Ian Walker

2002 Laurel Ruth Barr

2003 Christine Maree Senini

2004 Peter Lewis Hobson

2005 not awarded

2006 Grace Tsoi

2007 Kathleen Faith Tennikoff

2008 not awarded

2009 Mario Baghos

2010 not awarded

2011 Vernon Ru Wen Chua

2012 Efstratios Makris

2013 not awarded

2014 Stefan Mastilovic

2015 not awarded

2016 Phillip Mark Gummerson

2017 Wai Keet Hew

2018 Margaret Mary Keyes

Beth Blackall Memorial

Council in April 1997 established a fund from which a grant and medal would be awarded to the student presenting a thesis of excellence which was also the best at graduate level that year.

The Prize marks the contribution to the Sydney College of Divinity made by Dr Bettina (Beth) Blackall who died on 7 June, 1996.  Dr Blackall’s understanding of the processes of higher education was invaluable when advising on the development of an appropriate infrastructure for the Sydney College of Divinity.  Her involvement with all of our Member Institutions and her sensitivity to their histories, their traditions and their confessional stances, reflected her ecumenical approach to theological education.

The award is a mark of excellence, and is not always granted in a given year.

Winners

1998 Jennifer Anne Herrick

1999 Peter Francis Madden

2002 Shane Jack Clifton

2003 Joseph Dominic Vnuk

2004 John Anthony Rees

2006 Geoffrey Joseph Abdallah

2007 Richard Bowen Ferret

2008 not awarded

2009 Margaret Ghosn

2010 Mario Baghos / Julien Ogereau

2011 not awarded

2012 not awarded

2013 not awarded

2014 not awarded 

2015 not awarded 

2016 Loan Thi Le

2017 not awarded

Brian Murray Memorial

Through a generous donation received from the Marist Fathers a fund was established from which a grant and a medal would be awarded annually to the student with the highest level of achievement in the discipline of Theology who is graduating BTh.

The Prize marks the contribution of the Rev. Dr Brian Murray SM to theological education generally and to the Sydney College of Divinity in particular.  Dr Murray was principal and lecturer at the Catholic Theological Union from 1975 until the end of 1982.  During that time he played a significant role in the establishment of the Sydney College of Divinity (being a member of the initial working party) and was involved in the early submissions to the Higher Education Board.  He later served as Superior to the Marist Fathers’ General House in Rome, as Vicar Provincial for the Australian Province, and in parish ministry in Brisbane until his death on 8 September, 1994.

Winners

1999 James Leo Pius Maher

2000 Mary Elspeth Pearson

2001 Jonathan Alexander Humphries

2002 Brett Douglas Furner

2003 Polidoros Nidras

2004 Peter Lewis Hobson

2005 Vincent Battaglia

2006 Grace Tsoi

2007 Kathleen Faith Tennikoff

2008 Cameron Ross Surrey

2009 Mario Baghos

2010 Thomas McFadden

2011 Duane Harold Stephen Fernandez

2012 James Francis Matthew McQueen Foster

2013 Mark Henry Woloszyn

2014 Peter James Strohmayer

2014 Dominic Pham Hong An Nguyen

2014 Stefan Mastilovic

2015 Mark Williams

2016 John Kar Lun Luey

2017 Wai Keet Hew

2018 Margaret Mary Keyes

Award from the Council of Christians and Jews

This award is granted the student who has shown excellence in biblical Hebrew.

Winners

1998 Stavros Karvelas

1999 Stavros Fotineas

2000 Stuart Elliott

2001 Jacqueline Nancye Grey

2002 Eric John Snowball

2003 Elyse Williams

2004 (shared) Maria Shankland

2004 (shared) Joshua Dowton

2005 Rene Van Den Tol

2006 Constantine Osuchukwu

2007 Anne Liu

2008 Frances Therese Drum

2009 Narelle Melton

2010 not awarded

2011 not awarded 

2012 Norvin Dias

2013 Anthony Michael Kottaridis

2014 Dominic Pham Hong An Nguyen

2015 Simon Skidmore

2016 Jeremy Alexander Kean

2017 Elizabeth Geneivieve Worley

2018 Matthew Dimian

Sydney College of Divinity Centre for Gospels and Acts Research Essay Award

The SCD Centre for Gospels Research Essay Prize will be awarded for an excellent essay on a Gospels or Acts topic, – submitted as an assessment item towards any SCD Course in the calendar year of the award;  – and receiving a Distinction or High Distinction.

The Prize will be presented at the SCD Graduation Ceremony and the recipient of the Prize will also be invited to present a version of the essay in a forum of the SCD Centre for Gospels and Acts Research

Winner

2017 Jason Israel

2019 Pamela Reed

 

 

Student services

Student entitlements and services

Students should contact the Teaching Body where they are enrolled to see whether they are eligible for Austudy, FEE-HELP and other Government schemes that may be of benefit.

Austudy

Under the Commonwealth Government guidelines, Austudy is available for full-time theological students who are working towards accredited awards.  Full-time is defined by the Government to involve at least ¾ of a maximum load.  Enquiries about eligibility for Austudy and making application should be directed to the closest Centrelink Office.  Please note that:

  1. It is the student’s responsibility to keep Centrelink informed of any program changes or changes of address during each year (if the loading falls below full-time, then Centrelink may require repayment of Austudy received).
  2. The Teaching Body administration is required to complete regular reports for Centrelink on student progress and full-time/part-time status.
  3. Centrelink requires a full-time load for each trimester, i.e. at least 18 credit points. Personal Formation 1 & 2 and Personal Formation 3 are divided across the number of trimesters appropriate for each of these subjects – they do not count as one full subject in a trimester for Centrelink calculations.
FEE-HELP

FEE-HELP is a Government financial loan scheme for students attending private colleges.  All enrolled students who are Australian citizens (or on Humanitarian Visas) have access to government loans for both undergraduate and post-graduate study. The loan amount available is up to $104,440 (2019, indexed 1 January) and can be used over the lifetime of the student at all levels of higher education accredited training. The loan can be used for a single subject or a number of subjects, or for a complete award or a number of awards – it is the student’s choice. The repayment of the loan commences once a student’s taxable income exceeds $45,881 (2018-2019).

To access FEE-HELP, a student needs to complete a Request for FEE-HELP Assistance form and submit it to his or her Teaching Body before the trimester begins. The Teaching Body then submits the required information on each student seeking FEE-HELP to enable the Government to issue a Commonwealth Higher Education Student Support Number (CHESSN) to each student. This number will stay with the student for the rest of his/her life.

Transport concessions

Transport concessions are available to full time students, and are issued through the registry of the Teaching Body in which a student is enrolled.

Section Two

SECTION TWO : Governance

This section is a brief overview of the Sydney College of Divinity’s Charter, governance structure and boards.

  • Charter
  • Academic Costume Rules
  • Sydney College of Divinity Council & Committees and Advisory Panel of Council
    • Audit Committee
    • Standing Committee
    • Strategic Planning Committee
    • Principals’ Fellowship (Advisory Panel to Council)
  • Academic Board & Committees of the Academic Board
    • Discipline Coordinators’ Committee
    • Coursework Committee
    • Research Committee
    • Standing Committee
    • Student Support and Administration Committee
  • Committees of the Dean
    • Academic Classification and Promotion Committee
    • Academic Classification and Promotion Appeals Committee
    • External Advisory Panel / Korean External Advisory Panel
    • Library Committee
    • Research Ethics Committee

Charter

Sydney College of Divinity Charter

Establishment

The Sydney College of Divinity was formed in 1983 when six theological Colleges in Sydney constituted themselves as a federation with a view to providing an accredited tertiary education award in theology. The SCD Bachelor of Theology was accredited by the New South Wales Higher Education Board in February 1984.

From its outset, the Sydney College of Divinity has been more than an arrangement for the purposes of accreditation. The founding Member Institutions were committed to a genuinely ecumenical endeavour in which, while retaining their autonomy and ecclesial traditions, they would collaborate with, and support each other, as a College. The Member Institutions have found that our mutual encouragement and accountability to one another as members of the College both enhances the academic standing of our teaching and learning, and strengthens our Christian ministry and witness in Sydney and beyond.

The responsibilities of the College’s central administration have increased since 1983.  However, in its life and work, the College continues to depend on the generous contribution of the staff of the Member Institutions to service on our boards and committees.

The Bachelor of Theology remains a central award which embodies the College’s mission to provide both theological education and ministerial preparation. Full membership of the Sydney College of Divinity is open only to institutions accredited to offer the Bachelor of Theology.

In the years since 1983 the membership of the Sydney College of Divinity has changed.  The Sydney College of Divinity welcomes the admission of new Member Institutions which embrace our aims, ethos, and educational philosophy.

Aims

In keeping with our origins, the aims of the Sydney College of Divinity are:

  • to provide high quality, accredited theological education from undergraduate to graduate levels
  • to prepare leaders and ministers, both ordained and non-ordained, who are well qualified to build the church of the future
  • to encourage theological scholarship which is ecumenically sensitive and relevant to issues of culture and society in Australia and Oceania
  • to contribute to the public discussion of issues of faith and culture in Sydney and beyond
  • to promote the growth of our individual member institutions
  • to provide our teachers with the opportunity to develop their professional skills, supported by a community of Christian scholars
  • to prepare the next generation of Christian teachers and scholars

Ethos

Because of our origins and our collegial aims, the Sydney College of Divinity has developed a distinctive ethos, whose features include:

  • a commitment to the Gospel of Jesus Christ as it is preached and lived out within our Christian denominations
  • a respect for the different theological standpoints of our member institutions
  • a properly critical approach to theological reflection on our faith traditions and on the relationship between faith and culture
  • a willingness to work together and to celebrate our shared enterprise in prayer and liturgy
  • a readiness to contribute to College administration and its committee structures
  • a balance between central administration and the autonomy of member institutions

Educational philosophy

In order to achieve our aims, and in keeping with our ethos, the educational philosophy of the Sydney College of Divinity is characterised by our desire:

  • to articulate the Gospel in the contemporary context
  • to bring our different theological traditions into dialogue with the wider world of Christian scholarship
  • to respect the educational approaches of our member institutions, while preserving a collegial approach to doing theology
  • to maintain common academic standards across the College
  • to respect the multicultural diversity of our students and teachers
  • to provide both vocational and academic education for our students
  • to foster adult teaching and learning strategies
  • to provide flexible modes of teaching and learning, including distance education
  • to encourage interaction and sharing between staff and students of our different member institutions
  • to enable graduates to engage in further study and research, both within the Sydney College of Divinity and in other institutions of higher learning
  • to provide professional development for our teachers and administrators

 

Costume Rules

Academic Costume Rules

President of the College

A robe and cap similar to those worn by the Chancellor of the University of Oxford.

Vice-President of the College

A robe and cap as approved by the Council.

Fellows of the College

A stole of cherry (062) cloth and satin, bound on both edges with medium blue (299) grosgrain ribbon, and embroidered at the bottom with the College’s emblem.  Colour Reference – Pantone

Doctor of Theology
  • Gown:         a festal gown of scarlet cloth (185c) of the Cambridge pattern with facings of medium blue satin (299c).
  • Hood           a hood of scarlet cloth (185c) of the Oxford pattern lined with medium blue satin (299c).
  • Bonnet        a black velvet bonnet with red cord.
Doctor of Philosophy
  • Gown:         a festal gown of scarlet cloth (185c) of the Cambridge pattern with facings of white satin.
  • Hood:          a hood of scarlet cloth (185c) of the Oxford pattern lined with white satin.
  • Bonnet:       a black velvet bonnet with red cord.
Doctor of Ministry
  • Gown:         a festal gown of medium blue cloth (299c) of the Cambridge pattern with facings of scarlet satin (185c).
  • Hood:          a hood of medium blue cloth (299c) of the Oxford pattern lined with scarlet satin (185c).
  • Bonnet:       a black velvet bonnet with blue cord.
Master
  • Gown:         a gown of black cloth similar to that worn by graduates holding the degree of Master of Arts in the University of Cambridge.
  • Hood:          a hood of black silk of the Cambridge pattern lined with satin of the following colours:

Degree of Master of Theology or Honours Degree of Master of Theology – medium blue (299c) and edged to 10 centimetres with burnt orange (165c). The colours extend 1 centimetre onto the outside of the hood.

Degree of Master of Divinity – scarlet (185c) and edged to 10 centimetres with medium blue (299c). The colours extend 1 centimetre onto the outside of the hood.

Degree of Master of Arts or Honours Degree of Master of Arts – burnt orange (165c) and edged to 10 centimetres with sky blue (544c). The colours extend 1 centimetre onto the outside of the hood.

Degree of Master of Philosophy – medium blue (299c) edged with scarlet (185c)

  • Cap:            A black cloth trencher cap.
Graduate Diploma
  • Gown:         graduates wear the gown appropriate to their degree.
  • Stole:          a stole of medium blue (299c) silk bound along the outside edge only with a 3.5 centimetre-wide burnt orange (165c) grosgrain ribbon.
  • Cap:            a black cloth trencher cap.
Graduate Certificate
  • Gown:         a gown of black cloth similar to that worn by graduates holding the degree of Master of Arts in the University of Cambridge.
  • Stole:          a stole of burnt orange silk bound along the outside edge only with a medium blue grosgrain ribbon.
  • Cap:            a black cloth trencher cap.
Bachelor
  • Gown:         a gown of black cloth similar to that worn by graduates holding the degree of Bachelor of Arts in the University of Cambridge.
  • Hood:          a hood of black silk of the Cambridge pattern edged with satin of the following colours:

Degree of Bachelor of Theology or Honours Degree of Bachelor of Theology – 4 centimetres with burnt orange satin (165c) and to a further 15 centimetres with medium blue (299c) satin. The outside of the cowl only is edged with a further 1 centimetre of burnt orange satin (165c).

Degree of Bachelor of Ministry or Honours Degree of Bachelor of Ministry – 5 centimetres with medium blue satin (299c) to a further 15 centimetres with burnt orange satin (165c).

Degree of Bachelor of Arts (Philosophy) – to 4 centimetres with white and to a further 15 centimetres with medium blue satin (299c).

Degree of Bachelor of Theology with Bachelor of Arts (Philosophy), or with Diploma of Ministry, or with a Bachelor award which was completed concurrently – to 4 centimetres with burnt orange (165c) and to a further 15 centimetres with medium blue satin (299c) lined with white.

  • Cap:            a black cloth trencher cap.
Associate Degree
  • Gown:         a plain black cloth gown with pointed sleeves similar to that worn by undergraduates in the University of Sydney.
  • Hood:          a hood of black silk of the Cambridge pattern edged with satin of the following colours:

Associate Degree of Christian Thought and Practice:  to 4 centimetres with burnt orange (165c) and to a further 4 centimetres with medium blue (299c) and to a further 4 centimetres with burnt orange (165c).

  • Cap:            a black cloth trencher cap.
Advanced Diploma or Diploma (Other than Graduate Diploma)
  • Gown:         a plain black cloth gown with pointed sleeves similar to that worn by undergraduates in the University of Sydney.
  • Hood:          a hood of black silk of the Cambridge pattern edged with satin of the following colours:

Diploma of Christian Studies:  to 4 centimetres with burnt orange (165c) and to a further 4 centimetres with medium blue (299c) and to a further 2 centimetres with burnt orange (165c).

Advanced Diploma or Diploma of Theology: to 4 centimetres with burnt orange (165c) and to a further 4 centimetres with medium blue (299c).

Advanced Diploma or Diploma of Ministry: to 4 centimetres with burnt orange (165c) and to a further 4 centimetres with sky blue (544c).

  • Cap:            a black cloth trencher

 

Governance

Structure and current membership of the Sydney College of Divinity governance boards

Sydney College of Divinity Council
  • President: Mr Peter King BA(Hons) Sydney MA Oxford
  • Vice President:  Prof Gerard Kelly STB STL SCD PhD STD Collège universitaire dominicain d’Ottawa
  • Emeritus Prof Jack Flanagan BComm(Hons) Leeds MBA Sydney GradDipPracticeHigherEd Surrey FCPA CA
  • Rev Dr Rob Fringer BA Pt Loma Nazarene Uni MA Nazarene Theological Seminary PhD Manchester University
  • Dr Philip Kariatlis BA Sydney BTh MTh ThD SCD
  • Prof Angelo Karantonis BEc UNE MCom UNSW BTh SCD FAPI
  • Dr Timothy O’Hearn BA Monash DipEd BEd Melbourne MA Sydney MA PhD Macquarie
  • Mr John Ryan BBus UTS  CPA
  • Dr Leonard Smith DipTeach CCE Sydney BEd South Australia MEd Wollongong EdD UNSW MA SCD
  • A/Prof Stephen Smith PhD Sydney DMgt SCU MBA UWS
  • Mr Richard Wheeler BBusStud UTS FCPA
  • Prof Shukri Sanber, PhD Cornell University
  • Dr Daniel Fanous BEng UNSW MBBS USydney MTh U Newcastle  PhD Macquarie
Committees and Advisory Panel of Council
Audit Committee

Chair: Mr Richard Wheeler BBusStud UTS FCPA
Ms Kerry Haggar BComm, MAdminLeadership UNE AssocDegTh ACT
Prof Jack Flanagan BComm(Hons) Leeds MBA Sydney GradDipPracticeHigherEd Surrey FCPA CA
Mr John Ryan BBus UTS CPA
Ex officio: Prof Diane Speed, SCD Dean and CEO

Standing Committee

Chair:  Mr Peter King BA(Hons) Sydney MA Oxford
Prof Gerard Kelly STB STL SCD PhD STD Collège universitaire dominicain d’Ottawa
Mr Richard Wheeler BBusStud UTS FCPA

Strategic Planning Committee

Chair: Dr Timothy O’Hearn BA Monash DipEd  BEd Melbourne MA Sydney MA PhD Macquarie
Prof Diane Speed MA(Hons) MTh(Hons) Sydney PhD London

 Principals’ Fellowship (Advisory Panel to Council)

Dr Daniel Fanous, Dean, SCTC
Rev Dr Rob Fringer, Principal, NTC
Rev Alan Galt OAM, NSW CCPE
Dr Philip Kariatlis (Chair), SAGOTC, for the SAGOTC Dean
Prof Isabell Naumann ISSM ThD/STD
Rev Dr Peter Powell, Principal, NSWCCPE
Dr Leonard Smith, Principal, EBC
Assoc Prof Stephen Smith, Principal, ACOM
In attendance: Prof Diane Speed, SCD Dean and CEO

Academic Board
  • Chair:  Prof Gerard Kelly STB STL SCD PhD STD Collège universitaire dominicain d’Ottawa
  • Deputy Chair: Prof James Harrison BA MA PhD Macquarie
  • Prof Les Ball BA UQ BEdSt BA(Hons) BD MCD GradDipEd PhD UQ
  • Assoc Prof Peter Bolt ThL ACT DipA(Theol) Moore College BD London MTh ACT MA(Hons) Macquarie PhD London
  • Dr Michele Connolly rsj BA ANU DipEd UNE BTheol MCD MA(NT) CTU Chicago PhD GTU Berkeley
  • Prof Darren Cronshaw BA ANU DipEd UNE MLitt ANU BTh(Hons) ACT MTh MCD DMin ACT DTheol MCD CertIVTAE GCertHE FHERDSA
  • Mr Christopher Harvey BEng BTh AssocDipLibPrac
  • Dr Diana Jeffries BA(Hons) PhD Sydney
  • Ms Awo Kwakwa BBus (Mgt)
  • Assoc Prof Paul McKechnie MA Cambridge DPhil Oxford
  • Prof Alanna Nobbs BA PhD Sydney
  • Dr Dermot Nestor BA(Hons) PhD Trinity College Dublin
  • Assoc Prof Stephen Smith PhD Sydney DMgt SCU MBA UWS
  • Prof Diane Speed MA(Hons) MTh(Hons) Sydney PhD London
  • Dr Andre van Oudtshoorn BA Admission BD DipTh Pretoria DTh South Africa
  • Mrs Carol Wills BA Witwatersrand HDipLS Natal
Committees of The Academic Board
Discipline Coordinators’ Committee

Chair:  Prof Gerard Kelly STB STL SCD PhD STD Collège universitaire dominicain d’Ottawa, Discipline Coordinator for Theology
Prof Les Ball BA UQ BEdSt BA(Hons) BD MCD GradDipEd PhD UQ,  Discipline Coordinator for the Humanities in the Christian Tradition
Assoc Prof Peter Bolt ThL ACT DipA(Theol) Moore College BD London MTh ACT MA(Hons) Macquarie PhD London, Academic Director
Dr Michele Connolly rsj BA ANU DipEd UNE BTheol MCD MA(NT) CTU Chicago PhD GTU Berkeley
Dr Andre van Oudtshoorn BA Admission BD DipTh Pretoria DTh South Africa,  Discipline Coordinator for Biblical Studies
Dr Stephen Smith PhD Sydney DMgt SCU MBA UWS,  Discipline Coordinator for Christian Life and Ministry

Coursework Committee

Chair: Assoc Prof Paul McKechnie MA Cambridge DPhil Oxford
Assoc Peter Bolt ThL ACT DipA(Theol) Moore College BD London MTh ACT MA(Hons) Macquarie PhD London
Dr Rohan Curnow BA BTheol MA MTh SCD STL Regis College, ThD Toronto, STD Regis College
Mr Michael Ibrahim BE (Hons) BSc (Hons) Sydney MA (Theology)
Dr Philip Kariatlis BA Sydney BTh MTh ThD SCD
Dr Honam Kim PhD
Dr Peter Laughlin BEng WA BTh(Hons) SCD PhD ACU
Dr Theron Young BA Miami Christian College MA Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
MA PhD Wisconsin

Research Committee

Chair: Prof Alanna Nobbs BA PhD Sydney
Prof Darren Cronshaw BA ANU DipEd UNE MLitt ANU BTh(Hons) ACT MTh MCD DMin ACT DTheol MCD CertIVTAE GCertHE FHERDSA
Dr Doru Costache BTh PhD Bucharest
Assoc Prof Matthew Del Nevo BA Lancaster BD Sydney GradDipRE ACU PhD Sydney
Prof James Harrison BA MA PhD Macquarie
Dr Xavier Lakshmanan PhD SCU
Dr Kirsty Beilharz
Dr Sehyun Kim BSc

Standing Committee

Chair:  Prof Gerard Kelly STB STL SCD PhD STD Collège universitaire dominicain d’Ottawa
Prof Diane Speed MA(Hons) MTh(Hons) Sydney PhD London
Dr Stephen Smith PhD Sydney DMgt SCU MBA UWS

Student Support and Administration Committee

Chair: Mr Tas Kalogerakis MTh (SCD, 2010), BTh (SCD, 2000), BBus (Monash, 1996)
Mr Mounir Azer BSC, Grad Dip (Physics)
Mr Jason Israel BTh SCD
Mr Anastasios Kalogerakis BBus Monash BTh MTh SCD
Mrs Awo Kwakwa BBus (Mgt) UWS
Mr Benjamin Lee BA UNSW CertIV TAE Hostec
Ms Pamela Loneragan
Mrs Kerrie McIntosh CertIV A&WT BAdultEd UWS DipBusAdmin CertIV TAA  Cert IV FM
Rev Pam Reed
Ms Kathy Seo
Ms Janelle Tweed

Committees of the Dean

Academic Classification and Promotion Committee

Chair:  Prof Alanna Nobbs BA PhD Sydney
Prof Darren Cronshaw BA ANU DipEd UNE MLitt ANU BTh(Hons) ACT MTh MCD DMin ACT DTheol MCD CertIVTAE GCertHE FHERDSA
Prof Robert Gascoigne BA Sydney PhD Oxford MA DTh MCD
Assoc Prof Gerald Gleeson STB CIS MA Cambridge PhD Leuven
Prof Margaret Harris PhD London MA Sydney
Assoc Prof Robert McIver BSc Canterbury TeachColDip Christchurch Teach Col BA(Th) PUC BD(Hons) London MA PhD Andrews University
Prof Diane Speed MA(Hons) MTh(Hons) Sydney PhD London

Academic Classification and Promotion Appeals Committee

This committee will be reconstituted as needed.

External Advisory Panel/ Korean External Advisory Panel

Constituted by those persons competent in Higher Education who currently act, or have recently acted, as external consultants for Discipline and Institutional Moderations or in other capacities in which they provide external benchmarking and advice for academic developments with the College.

Library Committee

Mrs Carol Wills BA Witwatersrand HDipLS Natal
Ms Cheryll Bird BA(Theol) Avondale MA MMin CSU
Mr Chris Harvey BEng Sydney AssocDipLibPract TAFE
Mrs Phoebe Kim DipNursing DipLib&InfServices
Ms Andrée Pursey BTh GradCertA SCD Cert IV AWT Surf City International College
Mrs Judy Smith

Research Ethics Committee

Chair:  Mr David Blair MA Sydney FRSA
Dr Patricia Bolster DHCE Duquesne MTh SCD Med ACU
Ms Kylie Day  BA(Hons) LLB(Hons) Sydney LLM(Hons) Cambridge
Assoc Prof Gerald Gleeson STB CIS MA Cambridge PhD Leuven
Mr Peter McLean BEng MBS Sydney Cert III Security Risk Analysis
Dr Dean Smith BA UQ GradDipTh MTh(Hons) BCT PhD UQ
Mrs Jenni Gainer BA Macquarie University MA SCD
Prof Diane Speed MA(Hons) MTh(Hons) Sydney PhD London

Section Three

SECTION THREE : General Regulations

The General Regulations can currently be viewed as a document.

Section Four

SECTION FOUR : Diploma Award Programs & Specific Regulations

  • Diploma of Ministry (DipMin)
  • Diploma of Theology (DipTh)
  • Diploma of Christian Studies (DipChSt)

DipMin Award Summary

Diploma of Ministry (DipMin)

AQF Level 5

Entry Requirements :
Satisfactory completion of Year 12 in the Australian school system, or its equivalent; or
Mature Age and Special Entry Admissions for those who have reached the age of 20

Duration: 1.5 years full-time or 5 years part-time

Mode : Full-time, part-time.

Structure : 108 credit points (12 units).

English Proficiency : Applicants whose entry qualifications were obtained in an institution where English is not the language of instruction normally require a minimum IELTS (or equivalent) score of 6.0 with no result below 5.5.

Enrolment

The Diploma of Ministry is offered through individual colleges.

Contact the Registrar of the following college

  • Australian College of Ministries
Graduate Profile and Rationale

The Diploma of Ministry provides students with the opportunity to undertake AQF Level 5 study in practical ministry oriented disciplines. It is designed for those who have a less formal educational background than those undertaking the BTh or BMin awards, or those who are seeking an award requiring less overall commitment than AQF Level 6 or 7 studies.

The Diploma of Ministry provides students with introductory study designed for Christians seeking a foundation for informed participation in the local church, para-church ministries, and in the wider community. It also provides some opportunity to gain knowledge and skills appropriate for practical Christian ministry but not necessarily of the breadth or depth required for professional ministry. The award requires completion of course units in Biblical Studies, Theology, and Christian Life and Ministry.

Outcomes

Graduates will have:

Knowledge
  • Technical and theoretical knowledge and concepts with introductory knowledge in Biblical Studies, Theology, and Christian Life and Ministry, and wider experience of practical ministry generally that will form the basis for further learning.
Skills
  • Cognitive, communication, and technical skills in a ministry-related body of knowledge, so that they are able to:
  • identify, analyse, synthesise, and act on ministry-oriented information from a range of foundational sources
  • express ideas and perspectives related to Christian faith
  • communicate ministry-related knowledge, skills and ideas to others
Applications of Knowledge and Skills
  • The ability to:
  • demonstrate an understanding of theological knowledge by applying it in Christian ministry
  • perform technical operations within Christian ministry that have some complexity, taking personal responsibility for them.
  • organise, with initiative and judgment, the work of self and others and plan, coordinate and evaluate the work of teams [within broad but generally well-defined parameters].
Academic regulations for the Diploma of Ministry
1   Admission to Candidature

1.1     An applicant for admission to candidature for a Diploma of Ministry shall:

1.1.1    have satisfactorily completed Year 12 in the Australian school system, or its equivalent; or

1.1.2    have reached the age of 20 and so satisfy the requirements for Mature Age entry; or

1.1.3    have adequate grounds for Special Entry.

1.2     A candidate for a Diploma of Ministry shall be designated as full-time or part- time. A student is designated as a full-time if enrolled in four units (36 credit points) or more in a semester or part-time if enrolled in less than four units (36 credit points) per semester.

1.3     No candidate for the DipMin may be concurrently enrolled in any other undergraduate or postgraduate course within the Sydney College of Divinity or any other tertiary institution, unless approval has been granted by the Academic Board.

1.4     Applicants whose entry qualifications were obtained in an institution where English is not the language of instruction normally will be required to demonstrate competency in English by an IELTS (or equivalent) result of 6.0 with no score below 5.5.

1.5     Application for enrolment in the diploma program is made to the Registrar of the appropriate Teaching Body offering the program.

2 Course Structure

2.1     The Diploma of Ministry requires the completion of 108 credit points (12 units) which shall include:

2.1.1    at least 18 credit points in Biblical Studies;

2.1.2    at least 18 credit points in Theology;

2.1.3    at least 36 credit points in Christian Life and Ministry of which at least 18 credit points are Supervised Ministry (or units with the equivalent focus of hands-on ministry practice);

2.1.4    a further 36 credit points chosen from approved units.

2.2     All course units shall be taken from SCD units coded within the 5000 series.

3 Period of Candidature

3.1     The period of candidature for the Diploma shall normally be 1.5 years full-time and up to 5 years part-time.

3.2     In certain circumstances the Student Support and Support and Administration Committee may grant extensions.

4 Leave of Absence

4.1     The Student Support and Administration Committee may grant leave of absence from the Diploma of Ministry. The period of leave shall not be counted as part of the period of candidature for the Diploma.

4.2     The period of leave shall normally be one semester after which a candidate may apply for a further period of one semester or will be required to complete candidature.

5 Assessment

5.1     The assessment of subject units shall be in the manner approved by the Academic Board in line with the College’s established guidelines for assessment packages.

5.2     Students may be required by the Academic Board to present themselves for oral examination.

5.3     Academic and non-academic misconduct will be penalised in accordance with the regulations of the Sydney College of Divinity, whose stipulations are severe.

6 Credit

6.1     A candidate may seek credit up to a maximum of 54 credit points in the Diploma of Ministry.

6.2    Credit will be granted for units that are from an equivalent award or institution and have outcomes, content, demand hours, and assessment equivalent to that of units in the Diploma of Ministry.

7 Progress to Further Awards

7.1     Students who complete the Diploma of Ministry and desire to undertake the Bachelor of Ministry or Bachelor of Theology will receive a block credit of 72 credit points distributed according to the units completed in this Diploma of Ministry.

8 Saving Clause

8.1     Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained herein, the Academic Board of the Sydney College of Divinity may, in any case in which it may deem it appropriate to do so, vary, dispense with or suspend any requirement or prescription by these regulations, and report forthwith to the Council of the Sydney College of Divinity.


 

DipTh Award Summary

Diploma of Theology (DipTh)

AQF Level 5

Entry Requirements :
Satisfactory completion of Year 12 in the Australian school system, or
its equivalent; or Mature Age and Special Entry Admissions for those who have reached the age of 20

Duration : 1.5 years full-time or 5 years part-time

Mode : Full-time, part-time

Structure : 108 credit points (12 units)

English Proficiency : Applicants whose entry qualifications were obtained in an institution where English is not the language of instruction normally require a minimum IELTS (or equivalent) score of 6.0 with no result below 5.5.

Enrolment

The Diploma of Theology is offered through individual colleges.

Contact the Registrar of the following college

  • Australian College of Ministries
Graduate Profile and Rationale

The Diploma of Theology provides students with the opportunity to undertake AQF Level 5 study in theological disciplines. It is designed for those who have a less formal educational background than those undertaking the BTh or BMin awards, or those who are seeking an award requiring less overall commitment than AQF Level 6 or 7 studies.

The Diploma of Theology provides students with introductory study across a range of theological disciplines. It is designed for Christians seeking a foundation for informed participation in the local church, para-church ministries, and in the wider community. It also provides some opportunity to gain knowledge and skills appropriate for Christian ministry but not necessarily of the breadth or depth required for professional ministry. The award requires completion of course units in Biblical Studies, Theology, Church History, and Christian Life and Ministry.

Outcomes

Graduates will have:

Knowledge
  • Technical and theoretical knowledge and concepts with introductory knowledge in Biblical Studies, Christian Life and Ministry, Humanities within the Christian Tradition, and Theology, and wider knowledge of theology generally that will form the basis for further learning.
Skills
  • Cognitive, communication, and technical skills in a theologically-related body of knowledge, so that they are able to:
  • identify, analyse, synthesise, and act on theological information from a range of foundational sources
  • express ideas and perspectives related to Christian faith
  • communicate theologically-related knowledge, skills and ideas to others
Applications of Knowledge and Skills
  • the ability to:
    • demonstrate an understanding of theological knowledge by applying it in Christian ministry
    • perform technical operations within Christian ministry that have some complexity, taking personal responsibility for them.
    • organise, with initiative and judgment, the work of self and others and plan, coordinate and evaluate the work of teams [within broad but generally well-defined parameters.]
Academic regulations for the Diploma of Theology
1 Admission to Candidature

1.1     An applicant for admission to candidature for the Diploma of Theology shall:

1.1.1    have satisfactorily completed Year 12 in the Australian school system, or its equivalent; or

1.1.2    have reached the age of 20 and so satisfy the requirements for Mature Age entry; or

1.1.3    have adequate grounds for Special Entry.

1.2     A candidate for a Diploma of Theology shall be designated as full-time or part- time. A student is designated as a full-time if enrolled in four units (36 credit points) or more in a semester or part-time if enrolled in less than four units (36 credit points) per semester.

1.3     No candidate for the DipTh may be concurrently enrolled in any other undergraduate or postgraduate course within the Sydney College of Divinity or any other tertiary institution, unless approval has been granted by the Academic Board.

1.4     Applicants whose entry qualifications were obtained in an institution where English is not the language of instruction normally will be required to demonstrate competency in English by an IELTS (or equivalent) result of 6.0 with no score below 5.5.

1.5     Application for enrolment in the diploma program is made to the Registrar of the appropriate Teaching Body offering the program.

2 Course Structure

2.1     The Diploma of Theology requires the completion of 108 credit points (12 units) which shall include:

2.1.1    at least 27 credit points in Biblical Studies;

2.1.2    at least 27 credit points in Theology;

2.1.3    at least 9 credit points in Church History

2.1.4    a further 45 credit points chosen from approved units.

2.2     All course units shall be taken from SCD units coded within the 5000 series.

3 Period of Candidature

3.1     The period of candidature for the Diploma shall normally be 1.5 years full-time and up to 5 years part-time.

3.2      In certain circumstances the Student Support and Support and Administration Committee may grant extensions.

4 Leave of Absence

4.1     The Student Support and Administration Committee may grant leave of absence from the Diploma of Theology. The period of leave shall not be counted as part of the period of candidature for the Diploma.

4.2     The period of leave shall normally be one semester after which a candidate may apply for a further period of one semester or will be required to complete candidature.

5 Assessment

5.1     The assessment of subject units shall be in the manner approved by the Academic Board in line with the College’s established guidelines for assessment packages.

5.2     Students may be required by the Academic Board to present themselves for oral examination.

5.3     Academic and non-academic misconduct will be penalised in accordance with the regulations of the Sydney College of Divinity, whose stipulations are severe.

6 Credit

6.1     A candidate may seek credit up to a maximum of 54 credit points in the Diploma of Theology.

6.2    Credit will be granted for units that are from an equivalent award or institution and have outcomes, content, demand hours, and assessment equivalent to that of units in the Diploma of Theology.

7 Progress to Further Awards

7.1     Students who complete the Diploma of Theology and desire to undertake the Bachelor of Ministry or Bachelor of Theology will receive a block credit of 72 credit points distributed according to the units completed in this Diploma of Theology.

8 Saving Clause

8.1     Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained herein, the Academic Board of the Sydney College of Divinity may, in any case in which it may deem it appropriate to do so, vary, dispense with or suspend any requirement or prescription by these regulations, and report forthwith to the Council of the Sydney College of Divinity.


 

DipChSt Award Summary

Diploma of Christian Studies (DipChSt)
CRICOS : 071257J

AQF Level 5/7

Entry Requirements:
Satisfactory completion of Year 12 in the Australian School system, or its equivalent; or
Mature Age and Special Entry Admissions for those who have reached the age of 21; or
articulation from other Sydney College of Divinity programs.

Duration : 1 years full-time or 3 years part-time.

Mode : Full-time, part-time.
International students on an Australian Student Visa are required to study full-time.

Structure : 72 credit points (8 units in 7100-7399 series).

English Proficiency : Applicants whose entry qualifications were obtained in an institution where English is not the language of instruction normally require a minimum IELTS (or equivalent) score of 6.5 with no score less than 6.0 in all bands of the test.  A student can be admitted provisionally into the DipChSt when they have an IELTS result of 6.0 with no score less than 6.0 in all bands of the test

Enrolment

The Diploma of Christian Studies is offered through individual colleges.

Contact the Registrar of one of the following colleges:

  • Australian College of Ministries;
  • Catholic Institute of Sydney;
  • Nazarene Theological College;
  • St Andrew’s Greek Orthodox Theological College;
  • St Cyril’s Coptic Orthodox Theological College.

International students planning to study on an Australian Student Visa should contact the Registrar of the below college :

  • Nazarene Theological College
Graduate Profile and Rationale

The Diploma of Christian Studies course is an undergraduate award that introduces students to Christian studies within higher education.  Graduates will have acquired basic knowledge, skills, and values of Christian relevance to their professional, family, church, social, or personal lives and have deepened their awareness of the nature and scope of theology and their affinity with it as a field of study within higher education.

It provides an opportunity to undertake some theological study with special focus on Christian Thought (including Biblical Studies, Theology, and Humanities in the Christian Tradition) or on Christian Practice (Christian Life and Ministry). The special focus is achieved by completing a submajor in the area of interest.

  Discipline Sub-disciplines Majors / Submajors
Christian Thought Biblical Studies Biblical Studies
Theology Theology
Humanities in the Christian Tradition Church History
Philosophy 
Church History
Philosophy
Humanities in the Christian Tradition [Discipline] (major /submajor not to include A units)
Christian Practice Christian Life & Ministry Christian Spirituality
Worship & Liturgy
Mission
Pastoral Counselling
Pastoral Theology
Christian Ethics
Christian Spirituality
Worship & Liturgy
Mission
Pastoral Counselling
Pastoral Theology
Christian Ethics
Christian Life & Ministry  [Discipline]
Outcomes

Graduates will have:

Knowledge
  • Technical and theoretical knowledge and concepts with introductory knowledge in the disciplines of Biblical Studies and Theology, and wider knowledge of the theological disciplines generally that will form the basis for further learning.
Skills
  • Cognitive, communication, and technical skills in a theologically-related body of knowledge, so that they are able to:
    • identify, analyse, synthesise, and act on theological information from a range of foundational sources
    • express ideas and perspectives in theology
    • communicate theologically-related knowledge, skills and ideas to others.
Applications of Knowledge and Skills
  • the ability to:
    • demonstrate an understanding of theological knowledge by applying it in their professional, family, church, social, or personal lives
    • perform technical operations of some complexity in relation to Christian living, taking personal responsibility for them.
    • exercise initiative and judgment in reflecting on issues of Christian living, including some ability to do so with others.
Articulation to other awards

The Diploma of Christian Studies is both a stand-alone award and a nested award in the Associate Degree of Christian Thought and Practice, the Bachelor of Theology and the Bachelor of Ministry. As a result it articulates directly into any of these awards. On completion of any of these further awards the student would surrender the Diploma of Christian Studies. The award may be retained if no credit is granted into the further awards.

Academic regulations for the Diploma of Christian Studies
1 Admission to Candidature

1.1    An applicant for admission to candidature for a Diploma of Christian Studies shall:

1.1.1    have satisfactorily completed Year 12 in the Australian School system, or its equivalent; or

1.1.2   have reached the age of 21 and so satisfy the requirements for Mature Age Entry; or

1.1.3    have adequate grounds for Special Entry

1.2    A candidate for a Diploma of Christian Studies shall be designated as full-time or part-time. A student is designated as a full-time if enrolled in three units (27 credit points) or more in a semester or part-time if enrolled in less than three units (27 credit points) per semester.

1.3    No candidate for the DipChSt may be concurrently enrolled in any other undergraduate or postgraduate course within the Sydney College of Divinity or any other tertiary institution, unless approval has been granted by the Academic Board.

1.4    Applicants whose entry qualifications were obtained in an institution where English is not the language of instruction normally will be required to demonstrate competency in English by an IELTS (or equivalent) result of 6.5 with no score of less than 6.0 in all bands of the test. A student can be admitted provisionally into the DipChSt when they have an IELTS result of 6.0 with no score less than 6.0 in all bands of the test. They must pass all subjects in the first two semesters to be permitted to continue.

1.5    Application for enrolment in the Diploma of Christian Studies is made to the Registrar of the appropriate Teaching Body offering the program.

2 Course Structure

2.1       The Diploma of Christian Studies requires the completion of 72 credit points. Every program for the award shall include:

2.1.1    at least 9 credit points within the discipline of Biblical Studies;

2.1.2    at least 9 credit points within the discipline of Theology;

2.1.3    at least one submajor (36 credit points) in the domain of Christian Thought (drawn from Biblical Studies, Theology, and Humanities in the Christian Tradition) or in the domain of Christian Practice (drawn from Christian Life and Ministry discipline and its sub disciplines);

2.2       All course units shall be taken from SCD units coded within the 7100-7399 series.

3 Period of Candidature

3.1       The period of candidature for the diploma shall normally be 1 year full-time and up to 3 years part-time.

3.2       In certain circumstances the Student Support and Administration Committee may grant extensions.

4 Leave of Absence

4.1       The Student Support and Administration Committee may grant leave of absence from the Diploma of Christian Studies.  The period of leave shall not be counted as part of the period of candidature for the degree.

4.2       The period of leave shall normally be one semester after which a candidate may apply for a further period of one semester or will be required to complete candidature.

5 Assessment

5.1       The assessment of course units shall be conducted in the manner approved by the Academic Board in line with the College’s established guidelines for assessment packages.

5.2       Students may be required by the Academic Board to present themselves for oral examination.

5.3       Academic and non-academic misconduct will be penalised in accordance with the regulations of the Sydney College of Divinity, whose stipulations are severe.

6 Credit

6.1       A candidate may seek credit up to a maximum of 36 credit points in the Diploma of Christian Studies.

6.2       Credit will be granted for units that are from an equivalent award or institution and have outcomes, content, demand hours, and assessment equivalent to that of units in the Diploma of Christian Studies.

7 Saving Clause

7.1       Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained herein, the Academic Board of the Sydney College of Divinity may, in any case in which it may deem it appropriate to do so, vary, dispense with or suspend any requirement or prescription by these regulations, and report forthwith to the Council of the Sydney College of Divinity.


 

Section Five

SECTION FIVE : Associate Degree Program & Specific Regulations

  • Associate Degree of Christian Thought and Practice

AssocDegChThPr Award Summary

Associate Degree of Christian Thought and Practice (AssocDegChThPr)
CRICOS : 071256K

Associate Degree of Christian Thought and Practice (AssocDegChThPr)(Korean)
CRICOS : 082721K

AQF Level 6/7

Entry Requirements :
An Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) of 65, or its equivalent (eg. OP ≤ 16); or
Mature Age and Special Entry Admissions for those who have reached the age of 21; or
articulation from other Sydney College of Divinity programs.

Duration : 2 years full-time or 6 years part-time

Mode : Full-time, part-time.
International students on an Australian Student Visa are required to study full-time.

Structure : 144 credit points (16 bachelor level units).

English Proficiency : Applicants whose entry qualifications were obtained in an institution where English is not the language of instruction normally require a minimum IELTS (or equivalent) score of 6.5 with no score less than 6.0 in all bands of the test.  A student can be admitted provisionally into the AssocDegChThPr when they have an IELTS result of 6.0 with no score less than 6.0 in all bands of the test

Enrolment

The Associate Degree of Christian Thought and Practice is offered through individual colleges.

Contact the Registrar of one of the following colleges

  • Australian College of Ministries
  • Catholic Institute of Sydney
  • Nazarene Theological College
  • St Andrew’s Greek Orthodox Theological College
  • St Cyril’s Coptic Orthodox Theological College

International students planning to study on an Australian Student Visa should contact the Registrar of the following college :

  • Nazarene Theological College
Graduate Profile and Rationale

The Associate Degree of Christian Thought and Practice course is an undergraduate award that provides an opportunity to undertake some theological study with special focus on Christian Thought (including Biblical Studies, Theology, and Humanities in the Christian Tradition) or on Christian Practice (including Christian Life and Ministry). All course units are undertaken at AQF Level 7.  The special focus is achieved by completing a major in the area of interest. The organisation of the disciplines/sub-disciplines/majors and the way they are linked is described in the following table.

  Discipline Sub-disciplines Majors / Submajors
Christian Thought Biblical Studies Biblical Studies
Theology Theology
Humanities in the Christian Tradition Church History
Philosophy 
Church History
Philosophy
Humanities in the Christian Tradition [Discipline] (major /submajor not to include A units)
Christian Practice Christian Life & Ministry Christian Spirituality
Worship & Liturgy
Mission
Pastoral Counselling
Pastoral Theology
Christian Ethics
Christian Spirituality
Worship & Liturgy
Mission
Pastoral Counselling
Pastoral Theology
Christian Ethics
Christian Life & Ministry  [Discipline]
Outcomes

Graduates will have:

Knowledge
  • A broad theoretical and technical knowledge with depth in the underlying principles and concepts in Christian Thought or in Christian Practice, with basic knowledge in Theology and Biblical Studies forming the basis for further learning.
Skills
  • Cognitive, thinking, and technical skills in a theologically-related body of knowledge, so that they are able independently to:
    • identify, analyse, and evaluate theological information and concepts from a range of sources;
    • identify and provide solutions to complex problems;
    • interpret and transmit responses to sometimes complex problems in theology;
    • demonstrate a broad understanding of knowledge and ideas, with some depth in theology;
    • communicate clearly and coherently theologically-related knowledge, and ideas.
Applications of Knowledge and Skills
  • The ability to:
    • use initiative and judgment to make plans, solve problems, and make decisions in para-professional ministry, demonstrating a broad understanding of knowledge by applying it creatively in ministry;
    • adapt knowledge and skills in a range of ministry settings and/or for further studies in one or more disciplines;
    • work in collaboration with others within broad parameters while exercising responsibility and accountability for own learning.
Articulation to other awards

The Associate Degree of Christian Thought and Practice is both a stand-alone award and a nested award in the Bachelor of Theology (BTh) and Bachelor of Ministry (BMin). As a result it articulates directly into the Bachelor of Theology or Bachelor of Ministry. On completion of the BTh or BMin the student would surrender their Associate Degree of Christian Thought and Practice. The exception would be if there was no credit granted into the BTh or BMin for the units in the Associate Degree of Christian Thought and Practice.

Exit points

Students enrolled in the Associate Degree of Christian Thought and Practice may exit with a Diploma of Christian Studies provided they have met the requirements of the Diploma award.

Academic regulations for the Associate Degree of Christian Thought and Practice
1       Admission to Candidature

1.1    An applicant for admission to candidature for an Associate Degree of Christian Thought and Practice shall:

1.1.1   have an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) of 65, or its equivalent (eg. OP ≤ 16) with English proficiency; or

1.1.2   have reached the age of 21 and so satisfy the requirements for Mature Age Entry; or

1.2.3   have adequate grounds for Special Entry

1.2.4   seek to articulate from other Sydney College of Divinity programs.

1.2    A candidate for an Associate Degree of Christian Thought and Practice shall be designated as full-time or part-time. A student is designated as a full-time if enrolled in three units (27 credit points) or more in a semester or part-time if enrolled in less than three units (27 credit points) per semester.

1.3   No candidate for the Associate Degree of Christian Thought and Practice may be concurrently enrolled in any other undergraduate or postgraduate course within the Sydney College of Divinity or any other tertiary institution unless the candidate is enrolled in an approved joint degree program, unless approval has been granted by the Academic Board.

1.4   Applicants whose entry qualifications were obtained in an institution where English is not the language of instruction may be admitted to the Bachelor of Ministry providing they have achieved competency in English by

1.4.1   achieving an IELTS (or equivalent) result of 6.5 with no score below 6.0 in all bands of the test or

1.4.2   achieving an IELTS result of 6.0 with no score below 6.0 in all bands of the test providing they pass all course units in the first two semesters of the course or

1.5    Application for enrolment in the Associate Degree of Christian Thought and Practice is made to the Registrar of the appropriate Member Institution offering the program.

2        Course Structure

2.1    The Associate Degree of Christian Thought and Practice requires the completion of 144 credit points (16 Bachelor level units). Every program for the award shall include:

2.1.1   at least 18 credit points within the discipline of Biblical Studies;

2.1.2   at least 18 credit points within the discipline of Theology;

2.1.3   at least one major (54 credit points) in the domain of Christian Thought (drawn from Biblical Studies, Theology, and Humanities in the Christian Tradition) or in the domain of Christian Practice (drawn from the Christian Life and Ministry discipline and its sub disciplines);

2.2   A major is made up of 54 credit points with not more than 18 credit points from 7100 series units, or with the approval of the Academic Board up to 54 credit points from 7200 and/or 7300 and 7500 series units

2.3    Students may apply to the appropriate body of their teaching Body to include in the major or sub-major a sequence of units from other areas of study.

2.4   All course units shall be taken from SCD the 7100-7399 series.

3        Period of Candidature

3.1   The period of candidature for the Associate Degree of Christian Thought and Practice shall normally be 2 years full-time and up to 6 years part-time.

3.2   In certain circumstances the Student Support and Administration Committee may grant extensions.

4        Leave of Absence

4.1    The Student Support and Administration Committee may grant leave of absence from the Associate Degree of Christian Thought and Practice. The period of leave shall not be counted as part of the period of candidature for the degree.

4.2    The period of leave shall normally be one semester after which a candidate may apply for a further period of one semester, or will be required to complete candidature.

5        Assessment

5.1     The assessment of subject units shall be in the manner approved by the Academic Board in line with the College’s established guidelines for assessment packages at undergraduate certificate level.

5.2    Students may be required by the Academic Board to present themselves for oral examination.

5.3    Academic and non-academic misconduct will be penalised in accordance with the regulations of the Sydney College of Divinity, whose stipulations are severe.

6        Credit

6.1    A candidate may seek credit for up to a maximum of 72 credit points in the Associate Degree of Christian Thought and Practice.

6.2   Credit will be granted for units that are from an equivalent award or institution and have outcomes, content, demand hours, and assessment equivalent to that of units in the Associate Degree of Christian Thought and Practice.

7        Saving Clause

7.1    Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained herein, the Academic Board of the Sydney College of Divinity may, in any case in which it may deem it appropriate to do so, vary, dispense with or suspend any requirement or prescription by these regulations, and report forthwith to the Council of the Sydney College of Divinity.


 

Section Six

SECTION SIX : Bachelor Degree Programs & Specific Regulations

  • Bachelor of Ministry (BMin)
  • Bachelor of Theology (BTh)
  • Bachelor of Ministry Honours (BMin(Hons))
  • Bachelor of Theology Honours (BTh(Hons))

BMin Award Summary

Bachelor of Ministry (BMin)
CRICOS : 082719D

AQF Level 7

Entry Requirements :
An Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) of 65, or its equivalent (eg. OP ≤ 16); or
Mature Age and Special Entry Admissions for those who have reached the age of 21; or
articulation from other Sydney College of Divinity programs.

Duration : 3 years full-time or 9 years part-time

Mode : Full-time, part-time.
International students on an Australian Student Visa are required to study full-time.

Structure : 216 credit points (24 units).

English Proficiency : Applicants whose entry qualifications were obtained in an institution where English is not the language of instruction normally require a minimum IELTS (or equivalent) score of 6.5 with no score less than 6.0 in all bands of the test.  A student can be admitted provisionally into the BMin when they have an IELTS result of 6.0 with no score less than 6.0 in all bands of the test

Enrolment

The Bachelor of Ministry is offered through individual colleges.

Contact the Registrar of one of the following colleges:

  • Australian College of Ministries
  • Catholic Institute of Sydney
  • Nazarene Theological College

International students planning to study on an Australian Student Visa should contact the Registrar of one of the following Teaching Bodies :

  • Catholic Institute of Sydney
  • Nazarene Theological College
Graduate Profile and Rationale

The Bachelor of Ministry course is a primary undergraduate award which provides a broad and coherent study of Christian Life and Ministry and related studies in Biblical Studies and Theology through a structure of majors and sub-majors.  This degree prepares candidates for professional and lay Christian ministry and for further learning beyond the degree.

Not all majors and sub-majors are available at all Teaching Bodies. The sub-disciplines and the majors and sub-majors available are:

Discipline Sub-disciplines Majors / Submajors
Biblical Studies Biblical Studies
Christian Life & Ministry Christian Spirituality
Worship & Liturgy
Mission
Pastoral Counselling
Pastoral TheologyChristian Ethics
Christian Spirituality
Worship & Liturgy
Mission
Pastoral Counselling
Pastoral Theology
Christian Ethics
Christian Life & Ministry  [Discipline]
Humanities in the Christian Tradition Church History

Philosophy

 

Church History
Philosophy
Humanities in the Christian Tradition  [Discipline] (major /submajor not to include A units)
Theology Theology
Outcomes

Graduates will have:

Knowledge
  • a broad and coherent body of knowledge with depth in the underlying principles and concepts in Christian Life and Ministry and broad knowledge in Theology, Biblical Studies, and other theological areas of practice that will form the basis for independent lifelong learning.
Skills
  • cognitive and technical skills in a theologically-related body of knowledge, so that they are able independently to:
    • review, reflect on, and synthesize theological information and identify and provide solutions to complex problems;
    • think critically and to generate and evaluate complex ideas;
    • demonstrate an understanding of theoretical concepts in theology;
    • communicate theologically-related knowledge, skills and ideas clearly and coherently.
Applications of Knowledge and Skills
  • the ability to:
    • demonstrate a broad understanding of knowledge by applying it creatively in ministry;
    • make high level, independent judgments in a range of ministry settings;
    • initiate, plan, and implement activities and projects within a range of ministry settings.
Exit Points

Students enrolled in the Bachelor of Ministry may exit with a Diploma of Christian Studies or Associate Degree of Christian Thought and Practice provided they have met the requirements of the award.

Academic Regulations for the Bachelor of Ministry
1        Admission to Candidature

1.1    An applicant for admission to candidature for the degree of Bachelor of Ministry shall:

1.1.1   have an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) of 65, or its equivalent (eg. OP ≤ 16), with English proficiency; or

1.1.2   have reached the age of 21 and so satisfy the requirements for Mature Age Entry, with English proficiency; or

1.1.3   have adequate grounds for Special Entry, with English proficiency; or

1.1.4   seek to articulate from other Sydney College of Divinity programs.

1.2   A candidate for a Bachelor of Ministry shall be designated as full-time or part-time. A student is designated as full-time if enrolled in 27 credit points or more in a semester or part-time if enrolled in fewer than 27 credit points per semester.

1.3   Unless approval has been granted by the Academic Board, no candidate for the Bachelor of Ministry may be concurrently enrolled in any other undergraduate or postgraduate course within the Sydney College of Divinity or any other tertiary institution unless the candidate is enrolled in an approved joint degree program.

1.4    An applicant whose entry qualifications were obtained in an institution where English is not the language of instruction may be admitted to the Bachelor of Ministry providing they have achieved competency in English by

1.4.1   achieving an IELTS (or equivalent) result of 6.5 with no score below 6.0 in all bands of the test or

1.4.2   achieving an IELTS result of 6.0 with no score below 6.0 in all bands of the test providing they pass all course units in the first two semesters of the course

1.5    Applicants for admission to the Bachelor of Ministry apply to the Registrar of the appropriate Teaching Body offering the program.

2        Course Structure

2.1    The Bachelor of Ministry requires the completion of 216 credit points.

2.2    Every program for the award shall include:

2.2.1    one major and one submajor in Christian Life & Ministry (or its subdisciplines (Christian Spirituality; Pastoral Counselling; Worship & Liturgy; Mission; Pastoral Theology; and Christian Ethics);

2.2.2   submajors in both Biblical Studies and Theology.

2.2.3   Candidates who have completed 108 credit points towards the Bachelor of Ministry may select up to 36 credit points from the Schedule of 8500 and 9600 series units. Within these units, a candidate can only select up to 18 credit points of 9600 series units provided they have already completed at least a sub-major in that sub-discipline with a Grade Point Average of at least 2.0.

2.2.4   All course units shall be taken from the Sydney College of Divinity Schedule of Units of Study.

2.3    Majors and submajors are available in:

2.3.1    Biblical Studies;

2.3.2    Christian Spirituality, Worship & Liturgy, Mission, Pastoral Counselling, Pastoral Theology, Christian Ethics, Christian Life & Ministry [Discipline];

2.3.3    Church History, Philosophy, Humanities [Discipline];

2.3.4    Theology

2.4    A major in a subdiscipline requires 54 credit points from the subdiscipline, with not more than 18 credit points from 7100 series units and at least 9 credit points from 7300 series units. Under certain provisions (see 2.7), up to 36 credit points from 8500 and 9600 series units may be included.

2.4.1    If a student wishes to undertake a major in Biblical Studies then 54 credit points in Biblical Studies (see details below) plus 9 credit points in A7110 Introduction to Biblical Hebrew, A7120 Introduction to New Testament Greek, or A7130 Introduction to Biblical Languages must be taken before or concurrently with any post 7100 series Biblical Studies units.

2.5    A major in a discipline requires 54 credit points from the discipline, with at least 27 credit points in one subdiscipline, with not more than 18 credit points from 7100 series units and at least 9 credit points from 7300 series units. Under certain provisions (see 2.7), up to 36 credit points from 8500 and 9600 series units may be included..

2.6    A submajor requires 36 credit points from units assigned to the major including no more than 18 credit points from 7100 series units and with at least one 7200 series unit.

2.7    Candidates who have completed 108 credit points towards the Bachelor of Ministry may select up to 36 credit points from the Schedule of 8500 and 9600 series units. Within these units, a candidate can only select up to 18 credit points of 9600 series units provided they have already completed at least a sub-major in that sub-discipline with a Grade Point Average of at least 2.0.

2.8    All course units shall be taken from the Sydney College of Divinity Schedule of Units of Study.

3        Period of Candidature

3.1    The period of candidature for the degree shall normally be 3 years full-time and up to 9 years part-time.

3.2    In certain circumstances the Student Support and Administration Committee may grant extensions.

4        Leave of Absence

4.1    The Student Support and Administration Committee may grant leave of absence from the Bachelor of Ministry. The period of leave shall not be counted as part of the period of candidature for the degree.

4.2    The period of leave shall normally be one semester after which a candidate may apply for a further period of one semester or be required to complete candidature.

5        Assessment

5.1    The assessment of course units shall be in the manner approved by the Academic Board and consistent with the College’s established guidelines for assessment packages at undergraduate level.

5.2    Academic Board may require students to present themselves for oral examination.

5.3    Academic and non-academic misconduct will be penalised strictly in accordance with the regulations of the Sydney College of Divinity.

6        Credit

6.1    A candidate may seek credit for a maximum of 144 credit points in the Bachelor of Ministry.

7        Saving Clause

7.1    Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained herein, the Academic Board of the Sydney College of Divinity may, in any case in which it may deem it appropriate to do so, vary, dispense with or suspend any requirement or prescription by these regulations, and report forthwith to the Council of the Sydney College of Divinity.


 

BTh Award Summary

Bachelor of Theology (BTh)
CRICOS : 063703C

AQF Level 7

Entry Requirements : An Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) of 65, or its equivalent (eg. OP ≤ 16); or
Mature Age and Special Entry Admissions for those who have reached the age of 21; or
articulation from other Sydney College of Divinity programs.

Duration : 3 years full-time or 9 years part-time.

Mode : Full-time, part-time.
International students on an Australian Student Visa are required to study full-time.

Structure : 216 credit points (24 units).

English Proficiency : Applicants whose entry qualifications were obtained in an institution where English is not the language of instruction normally require a minimum IELTS (or equivalent) score of 6.5 with no score less than 6.0 in all bands of the test.  A student can be admitted provisionally into the BTh when they have an IELTS result of 6.0 with no score less than 6.0 in all bands of the test

Enrolment

The Bachelor of Theology is offered through individual colleges.

Contact the Registrar of one of the following colleges:

  • Australian College of Ministries
  • Catholic Institute of Sydney
  • Nazarene Theological College
  • St Andrew’s Greek Orthodox Theological College
  • St Cyril’s Orthodox Theological College

International students planning to study on an Australian Student Visa should contact the Registrar of one of the following colleges :

  • Catholic Institute of Sydney
  • Nazarene Theological College
Graduate Profile and Rationale

The Bachelor of Theology course is a primary undergraduate award that provides a broad and coherent study of theology and related disciplines through a structure of majors and sub-majors.  This degree prepares candidates for professional and lay Christian ministry and for further learning beyond the degree.

Not all majors and sub-majors are available at all Teaching Bodies. The sub-disciplines and the majors and sub-majors available are:

Discipline Sub-disciplines Majors / Submajors
Biblical Studies Biblical Studies
Christian Life & Ministry Christian Spirituality
Worship & Liturgy
Mission
Pastoral Counselling
Pastoral Theology
Christian Ethics
Christian Spirituality
Worship & Liturgy
Mission
Pastoral Counselling
Pastoral Theology
Christian Ethics
Christian Life & Ministry  [Discipline]
Humanities in the Christian Tradition Church History
Philosophy 
Church History
Philosophy
Humanities in the Christian Tradition  [Discipline] (major /submajor not to include A units)
Theology Theology
Outcomes

Graduates will have:

Knowledge
  • A broad and coherent body of knowledge with depth in the underlying principles and concepts in Theology, Biblical Studies and one other discipline or area of practice, that will form the basis for independent lifelong learning.
Skills
  • Cognitive and technical skills in a theologically-related body of knowledge, so that they are able independently to:
    • review, reflect on, and synthesize theological information and identify and provide solutions to complex problems;
    • think critically and generate and evaluate complex ideas;
    • demonstrate an understanding of theoretical theological concepts;
    • communicate theologically-related knowledge, skills and ideas clearly and coherently.
Applications of Knowledge and Skills
  • The ability to
    • demonstrate a broad understanding of knowledge by applying it creatively in Christian living and ministry;
    • make high level, independent judgments in a range of ministry settings;
    • initiate, plan, and implement activities and projects within a range of ministry settings.
Exit Points

Students enrolled in the Bachelor of Theology may exit with a Diploma of Christian Studies or Associate Degree of Christian Thought and Practice provided they have met the requirements of the award.

Academic regulations for the Bachelor of Theology
1        Admission to Candidature

1.1    An applicant for admission to candidature for the degree of Bachelor of Theology shall:

1.1.1   have an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) of 65, or its equivalent (eg. OP ≤ 16) with English proficiency; or

1.1.2   have reached the age of 21 and so satisfy the requirements for Mature Age Entry; or

1.1.3   have adequate grounds for Special Entry; or

1.1.4   seek to articulate from other Sydney College of Divinity programs.

1.2   A candidate for a Bachelor of Theology shall be designated as full-time or part-time. A student is designated as full-time if enrolled in 27 credit points or more in a semester or part-time if enrolled in fewer than 27 credit points per semester.

1.3   Unless approval has been granted by the Academic Board, no candidate for the Bachelor of Theology may be concurrently enrolled in any other undergraduate or postgraduate course within the Sydney College of Divinity or any other tertiary institution unless the candidate is enrolled in an approved joint degree program.

1.4   An applicant whose entry qualifications were obtained in an institution where English is not the language of instruction may be admitted to the Bachelor of Theology providing they have achieved competency in English by

1.4.1   achieving an IELTS (or equivalent) result of 6.5 with no score below 6.0 in all bands of the test or

1.4.2   achieving an IELTS result of 6.0 with no score below 6.0 in all bands of the test providing they pass all course units in the first two semesters of the course.

1.5   Applicants for admission to the Bachelor of Theology apply to the Registrar of the appropriate Teaching Body offering the program.

2        Course Structure

2.1     The Bachelor of Theology requires the completion of 216 credit points.

2.2     Every program for the award shall include:

2.2.1    Three sub-major sequences:

2.2.1.1   Biblical Studies

2.2.1.2   Theology

2.2.1.3   Humanities in the Christian Tradition (or its sub-disciplines) or Church Life and Ministry (or its sub-disciplines)

2.2.2   Two of these sub-majors shall be extended to a major

2.2.3   At least 9 credit points in Church History

2.3    Majors and submajors are available in:

2.3.1   Biblical Studies.

2.3.1.1   Biblical Studies (The BTh Biblical Studies major requires 54 credit points (see details below) plus 9 credit points in A7110 Introduction to Biblical Hebrew, A7120 Introduction to New Testament Greek, or A7130 Introduction to Biblical Languages taken before or concurrently with any post 7100 series Biblical Studies units.)

2.3.2    Humanities in the Christian Tradition.

2.3.2.1    Humanities in the Christian Tradition; Church History; and Philosophy.

2.3.3    Christian Life & Ministry.

2.3.3.1    Christian Life & Ministry; Christian Spirituality; Pastoral Counselling; Worship & Liturgy; Mission; Pastoral Theology; and Christian Ethics.

2.3.4   Theology

2.3.4.1    Theology

2.4   A major in a subdiscipline requires 54 credit points from the subdiscipline, with not more than 18 credit points from 7100 series units and at least 9 credit points from 7300 series units. Under certain provisions (see 2.7), up to 36 credit points from 8500 and 9600 series units may be included.

2.5   A major in a discipline requires 54 credit points from the discipline, with at least 27 credit points in one subdiscipline, with not more than 18 credit points from 7100 series units and at least 9 credit points from 7300 series units. Under certain provisions (see 2.7), up to 36 credit points from 8500 and 9600 series units may be included.

2.6    A submajor requires 36 credit points from units assigned to the major including no more than 18 credit points from 7100 series units and with at least one 7200 series unit.

2.7    Candidates who have completed 108 credit points towards the Bachelor of Theology may select up to 36 credit points from the Schedule of 8500 and 9600 series units. Within these units, a candidate can only select up to 18 credit points of 9600 series units provided they have already completed at least a sub-major in that sub-discipline with a Grade Point Average of at least 2.0.

2.8   All course units shall be taken from the Sydney College of Divinity Schedule of Units of Study.

3        Period of Candidature

3.1    The period of candidature for the degree shall normally be 3 years full-time and up to 9 years part-time.

3.2    In certain circumstances the Student Support and Administration Committee may grant extensions.

4        Leave of Absence

4.1    The Student Support and Administration Committee may grant leave of absence from the Bachelor of Theology. The period of leave shall not be counted as part of the period of candidature for the degree.

4.2    The period of leave shall normally be one semester after which a candidate may apply for a further period of one semester or be required to complete candidature.

5        Assessment

5.1     The assessment of course units shall be in the manner approved by the Academic Board and consistent with the College’s established guidelines for assessment packages at undergraduate level.

5.2    Academic Board may require students to present themselves for oral examination.

5.3    Academic and non-academic misconduct will be penalised strictly in accordance with the regulations of the Sydney College of Divinity.

6        Credit

6.1    A candidate may seek credit for a maximum of 144 credit points in the Bachelor of Theology.

7        Saving Clause

7.1      Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained herein, the Academic Board of the Sydney College of Divinity may, in any case in which it may deem it appropriate to do so, vary, dispense with or suspend any requirement or prescription by these regulations, and report forthwith to the Council of the Sydney College of Divinity.


 

BMinHons Award Summary

Bachelor of Ministry (Honours) (BMin(Hons))

AQF Level 8 Award

Entry Requirements : The course shall be available to those who have completed the Sydney College of Divinity BMin within the previous five years, with a grade point average of 2.7 in the coursework and 3.0 in the area of specialisation; or hold equivalent qualifications from a university or other tertiary institution.

Duration : 1 year full-time or 3 years part-time.

Mode : Full-time, part-time.

Structure : 72 credit points, comprising 36 credit points in coursework and a thesis for 36 credit points.

English Proficiency : Applicants whose entry qualifications were obtained in an institution where English is not the language of instruction normally require a minimum IELTS (or equivalent) score of 7.0 in all bands of the test.

Enrolment

The Bachelor of Ministry (Honours) is offered through individual colleges. Details are available from the colleges offering the course.

Contact the Registrar of one of the following colleges:

  • Australian College of Ministries
  • Catholic Institute of Sydney
  • Nazarene Theological College
Graduate Profile and Rationale

The Bachelor of Ministry (Honours) award qualifies candidates who apply a body of theological knowledge in a specific context to undertake professional work and as pathway for research and further learning in Christian ministry.

Outcomes

Graduates will have:

Knowledge
  • A coherent and advanced body of knowledge with depth in the underlying principles and concepts in one or more disciplines related to Christian ministry, and knowledge of research principles and methods.
Skills
  • Cognitive and technical skills in a theologically-related body of knowledge, so that they are able independently to:
    • review, analyse, synthesise and transform theological information and identify and transmit solutions to complex ministry problems;
    • think critically, evaluate and generate complex ideas in developing new strategies in the practice of Christian ministry;
    • technical skills to design and use research in a project;
    • communicate theologically-related knowledge, skills and ideas clearly and coherently to a variety of audiences.
Applications of Knowledge and Skills
  • The ability to demonstrate the application of knowledge and skills:
    • with initiative and judgment in professional practice and/or scholarship in one or more theologically-related disciplines related to Christian ministry;
    • adapt knowledge and skills in a particular context for Christian ministry;
    • with responsibility and accountability for own learning and practice and in collaboration with others;
    • to plan and execute project work and/or a piece of research and scholarship with some independence of perspective.
Articulation to Other Awards

Students who have completed the Bachelor of Ministry (Honours) will be eligible for entry into the Doctor of Philosophy and Doctor of Ministry provided they have met the entry requirements.

Academic Regulations for the Bachelor of Ministry (Honours)
1        Admission to Candidature

1.1   An applicant for admission to candidature for a degree of Bachelor of Ministry (Honours) shall:

1.2   Satisfactory completion of the Sydney College of Divinity BMin within the last five years and with a grade point average of at least 2.7 in the coursework and at least 3.0 in the area of specialisation; or

1.3   hold an equivalent qualification from a university or other tertiary institution.

The grade point average is calculated as follows:
GPA = (4H + 3D + 2C + 1P +0N) ÷ E where:

H is the number of credit points gained at H grade

D is the number of credit points gained at D grade

C is the number of credit points gained at C grade

P is the number of credit points gained at P grade

N is the number of credit points attempted which earned an N grade

E is the total number of credit points for which a student has enrolled (excluding units with W and S)

You will need to supply transcripts for verification

1.4   A candidate for a Bachelor of Ministry (Honours) shall be designated as full-time or part-time. A student is designated as full-time if enrolled in three units (27 credit points) or more in a semester or part-time if enrolled in less than three units (27 credit points) per semester.

1.5   An applicant may not be admitted to candidature unless the Teaching Body in which he or she is enrolled can ensure that adequate supervision is available.

1.6   Applicants whose entry qualifications were obtained in an institution where English is not the language of instruction will be required to demonstrate competency in English by an IELTS result of 7.0 in all bands of the test and may be required to attend such English language courses as prescribed by the Sydney College of Divinity.

1.7   Applicants will be required to show evidence of competence in appropriate ancient and/or modern languages in order to access primary sources and significant secondary works relevant to their thesis topic. Language requirements will be determined at the time of application in consultation with the proposed supervisor.

1.8   Application for enrolment in the Bachelor of Ministry (Honours) is made to the Registrar of the appropriate Teaching Body offering the program.

1.9   No candidate for the BMin(Hons) may be concurrently enrolled in any other undergraduate or postgraduate course within the Sydney College of Divinity or any other tertiary institution unless the candidate is enrolled in an approved joint degree program, unless approval has been granted by the Academic Board.

2        Course Structure

2.1   The Bachelor of Ministry (Honours) requires the completion of 72 credit points, comprising 36 credit points in coursework and a thesis for 36 credit points.

2.2   The award shall include:

2.2.1   a 8500-series Research Methodology Unit (9 credit points)

2.2.2   a 8500-series Honours Seminar Unit (9 credit points)

2.2.3   a further two units (18 credit points in total) in the area of specialisation from 9600-series units.

2.2.4   a supervised research project of 20,000 words for 36 credit points in the area of specialisation.

2.3   A candidate may not submit as the main content of the project any work or material which has previously been submitted for a degree without major reworking.

2.4   The appropriate body of the Teaching Body in which the candidate is enrolled shall appoint a supervisor.

2.5   Within four weeks (FTE) of enrolling in the year in which the thesis is to be written the candidate’s supervisor shall receive a thesis topic which is to be submitted by the appropriate body of the Member Institution for approval to the Research Committee of the Sydney College of Divinity.

2.6   All thesis proposals involving the gathering of personal information from people by surveys, interviews or case studies etc must first be referred to the Research Committee for approval using the appropriate forms and will be dealt with according to the procedures and policies of the Ethics Review Committee.

3        Period of Candidature

3.1   The period of candidature for the degree shall normally be 1 year full-time study or up to 3 years part-time.

3.2   In certain circumstances the Student Support and Administration Committee may grant extensions.

4        Monitoring of Candidature

4.1    Once each semester, and at any other time considered appropriate, the supervisor of the project shall report to the appropriate body of the Teaching Body on the progress of each candidate using the appropriate form.

5        Termination of Candidature

5.1   If for any reason the candidate’s progress is deemed to be unsatisfactory, the Teaching Body in which the candidate is enrolled shall ask the candidate to show cause why candidature should not be terminated.

5.2   Any show cause submission shall be forwarded to the Research Committee and the Committee’s recommendation shall be forwarded to the Academic Board. The Committee may recommend the termination of candidature, continuation of enrolment and imposition of conditions on continuation of candidature.

5.3   If the candidate does not show cause, the Research Degree Committee shall recommend termination of candidature to the Academic Board.

5.4   Persons whose candidature has been terminated may have recourse to the appeals procedures. The decision of the appeals committee is final.

6        Examination of Supervised Research Project

6.1   The candidate shall submit to the Teaching Body in which she or he is enrolled three copies of a thesis embodying the results of the candidate’s research. All copies of the thesis shall be bound in temporary form. The thesis must be written and presented in accordance with the current guidelines for the preparation of a thesis within the Sydney College of Divinity.

6.2   The thesis must be the candidate’s own work, must be written in English and reach a satisfactory standard of literary presentation.

6.3   Before a candidate may submit a thesis, the supervisor must certify in writing that the thesis conforms to the requirements of the regulations. A certificate to this effect shall be supplied by the supervisor when the thesis is submitted. If the supervisor does not so certify, the appropriate body of the Teaching Body in which the supervision took place shall determine whether the thesis shall be submitted after having considered written submissions from the supervisor and the candidate.

6.4   The Sydney College of Divinity Research Committee shall appoint two examiners, at least one of whom shall be external to the Teaching Body of both the supervisor and the student. Examiners shall report in writing three months from the receipt of the thesis. Examiners will be replaced if the report is not received within four months unless the examiner is given leave to report later.

6.5   The thesis shall be graded by the examiners according to the standard grading practice within the College and a final grade achieved by averaging the grades awarded by the examiners; provided that where the examiners’ marks differ by more than ten (10) marks a third examiner will be asked to grade the thesis and the final result will be based on consideration of the three grades.

6.6   The four course work units shall be graded according to standard grading practice within the Sydney College of Divinity.

6.7   The final grade of honours is calculated by taking into account the results of the Honours thesis (36 credit points) and the four course work units (36 credit points). The Academic Board of the Teaching Body shall then propose a final grade of First Class Honours, Second Class Honours Division One, Second Class Honours Division Two or Third Class Honours, as deemed appropriate.

6.8   The classes of honours shall be H = First Class; D = Second Class, Division One; C = Second Class, Division Two; P = Third Class.

6.9   If a candidate completes all the components of the honours course but fails to qualify for the award of any class of honours, his or her academic record will be endorsed with an academic comment “Failed to qualify for a class of honours in the BMin” and the honours course description against which the class of honours is normally recorded will be deleted.

7        Examiners’ Reports

7.1   Candidates will be given a copy of the examiners’ reports at the completion of the examination process. Examiners’ names will be included unless a written request to the contrary has been received by the Office of the Dean.

8        Submission of the Completed Thesis

8.1   When any corrections as determined by the Research Committee in light of the examiners’ reports have been completed, two bound copies of the thesis are to be submitted to the Office of the Dean. The bound copies are to conform to the guidelines for the presentation and binding of theses following examination.

9        Saving Clause

9.1   Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained herein, the Academic Board of the Sydney College of Divinity may, in any case in which it may deem it appropriate to do so, vary, dispense with or suspend any requirement or prescription by these regulations, and report forthwith to the Council of the Sydney College of Divinity.


 

BThHons Award Summary

Bachelor of Theology (BTh(Hons))

AQF Level 8 Award

Entry Requirements : The course shall be available to those who have completed the Sydney College of Divinity BTh within the previous five years, with a grade point average of 2.7 in the coursework and 3.0 in the area of specialisation; or hold equivalent qualifications from a university or other tertiary institution.

Duration : 1 year full-time or 3 years part-time.

Mode : Full-time, part-time.

Structure : 72 credit points, comprising 36 credit points in coursework and a thesis for 36 credit points.

English Proficiency: Applicants whose entry qualifications were obtained in an institution where English is not the language of instruction normally require a minimum IELTS (or equivalent) score of 7.0 in all bands of the test.

Enrolment

The Bachelor of Theology (Honours) is offered through individual colleges. Details are available from the colleges offering the course.

Contact the Registrar of one of the following colleges:

  • Australian College of Ministries
  • Catholic Institute of Sydney
  • Nazarene Theological College
  • St Andrew’s Greek Orthodox Theological College
Graduate Profile and Rationale

The Bachelor of Theology (Honours) qualifies candidates who apply a body of theological knowledge in a specific context to undertake professional work and as pathway for research and further learning in one or more theologically-related disciplines.

Outcomes

Graduates will have:

Knowledge
  • A coherent and advanced body of knowledge with depth in the underlying principles and concepts in one or more theologically-related disciplines, and knowledge of research principles and methods.
Skills
  • Cognitive and technical skills in a theologically-related body of knowledge, so that they are able independently to:
    • review, analyse, synthesise and transform theological information and identify and transmit solutions to complex problems;
    • think critically, evaluate and generate complex ideas;
    • technical skills to design and use research in a project;
    • communicate theologically-related knowledge, skills and ideas clearly and coherently to a variety of audiences.
Applications of Knowledge and Skills
  • The ability to demonstrate the application of knowledge and skills
    • with initiative and judgment in professional practice and/or scholarship in one or more theologically-related disciplines;
    • adapt knowledge and skills in diverse theologically-related contexts;
    • with responsibility and accountability for own learning and practice and in collaboration with others;
    • to plan and execute project work and/or a piece of research and scholarship with some independence.
Articulation to Other Awards

Students may articulate to the MPhil, the DMin, the ThD, and the PhD provided they meet the entry requirements.

 Academic Regulations for the Bachelor of Theology (Honours)
1        Admission to Candidature

1.1   An applicant for admission to candidature for a degree of Bachelor of Theology (Honours) shall:

1.1.1   hold a BTh from the Sydney College of Divinity completed within the previous five years, with a grade point average of 2.7 overall and 3.0 in the area of specialisation; or

1.1.2   hold a qualification from another university or tertiary institution that the Academic Board considers equivalent to the requirements above.

The grade point average is calculated as follows:
GPA = (4H + 3D + 2C + 1P +0N) ÷ E where:

H is the number of credit points gained at H grade

D is the number of credit points gained at D grade

C is the number of credit points gained at C grade

P is the number of credit points gained at P grade

N is the number of credit points attempted which earned an N grade

E is the total number of credit points for which a student has enrolled (excluding units with W and S)

You will need to supply transcripts for verification

1.2   A candidate for a Bachelor of Theology (Honours) shall be designated as full-time or part-time. A student is designated as a full-time if enrolled in three units (27 credit points) or more in a semester or part-time if enrolled in less than three units (27 credit points) per semester.

1.3   An applicant may not be admitted to candidature unless the Teaching Body in which he or she is enrolled can ensure that adequate supervision is available.

1.4   Applicants whose entry qualifications were obtained in an institution where English is not the language of instruction will be required to demonstrate competency in English by an IELTS result of 7.0 in all bands of the test and may be required to attend such English language courses as prescribed by the Sydney College of Divinity.

1.5   Applicants will be required to show evidence of competence in appropriate ancient and/or modern languages in order to access primary sources and significant secondary works relevant to their thesis topic. Language requirements will be determined at the time of application in consultation with the proposed supervisor.

1.6   Application for enrolment in the Bachelor of Theology (Honours) is made to the Registrar of the appropriate Teaching Body offering the program.

1.7   No candidate for the BTh(Hons) may be concurrently enrolled in any other undergraduate or postgraduate course within the Sydney College of Divinity or any other tertiary institution unless the candidate is enrolled in an approved joint degree program, unless approval has been granted by the Academic Board.

2        Course Structure

2.1   The award shall include:

2.1.1   a 8500-series Research Methodology Unit (9 credit points)

2.1.2   a 8500 Honours Seminar Unit (9 credit points)

2.1.3   a further two units (18 credit points in total) in the area of specialisation from 9600-series units

2.1.4   a thesis of 20,000 words for 36 credit points in the area of specialisation.

2.2   A candidate may not submit as the main content of the thesis any work or material which has previously been submitted for a degree without major reworking.

2.3   The appropriate body of the Teaching Body in which the candidate is enrolled shall appoint a supervisor.

2.4   Within four weeks (FTE) of enrolling in the year in which the thesis is to be written the candidate’s supervisor shall receive a thesis topic which is to be submitted by the appropriate body of the Member Institution for approval to the Research Committee of the Sydney College of Divinity.

2.5   All thesis proposals involving the gathering of personal information from people by surveys, interviews or case studies etc must first be referred to the Research Committee for approval using the appropriate forms and will be dealt with according to the procedures and policies of the Ethics Review Committee.

3        Period of Candidature

3.1   The period of candidature for the degree shall normally be 1 year full-time study or up to 3 years part-time.

3.2   In certain circumstances the Student Support and Administration Committee may grant extensions.

4        Monitoring of Candidature

4.1   Once each semester, and at any other time considered appropriate, the supervisor of the thesis shall report to the appropriate body of the Teaching Body on the progress of each candidate using the appropriate form.

5        Termination of Candidature

5.1   If for any reason the candidate’s progress is deemed to be unsatisfactory, the Teaching Body in which the candidate is enrolled shall ask the candidate to show cause why candidature should not be terminated.

5.2   Any show cause submission shall be forwarded to the Research Committee and the Committee’s recommendation shall be forwarded to the Academic Board. The Committee may recommend the termination of candidature, continuation of enrolment and imposition of conditions on continuation of candidature.

5.3   If the candidate does not show cause, the Research Degree Committee shall recommend termination of candidature to the Academic Board.

5.4   Persons whose candidature has been terminated may have recourse to the appeals procedures. The decision of the appeals committee is final.

6        Examination of Thesis

6.1    The candidate shall submit to the Teaching Body in which she or he is enrolled three copies of a thesis embodying the results of the candidate’s research. All copies of the thesis shall be bound in temporary form. The thesis must be written and presented in accordance with the current guidelines for the preparation of a thesis within the Sydney College of Divinity.

6.2    The thesis must be the candidate’s own work, must be written in English and reach a satisfactory standard of literary presentation.

6.3    Before a candidate may submit a thesis, the supervisor must certify in writing that the thesis conforms to the requirements of the regulations. A certificate to this effect shall be supplied by the supervisor when the thesis is submitted. If the supervisor does not so certify, the appropriate body of the Teaching Body in which the supervision took place shall determine whether the thesis shall be submitted after having considered written submissions from the supervisor and the candidate.

6.4    The Sydney College of Divinity Research Committee shall appoint two examiners, at least one of whom shall be external to the Teaching Body of both the supervisor and the student. Examiners shall report in writing three months from the receipt of the thesis. Examiners will be replaced if the report is not received within four months unless the examiner is given leave to report later.

6.5    The thesis shall be graded by the examiners according to the standard grading practice within the College and a final grade achieved by averaging the grades awarded by the examiners; provided that where the examiners’ marks differ by more than ten (10) marks a third examiner will be asked to grade the thesis and the final result will be based on consideration of the three grades.

6.6    The three course work units shall be graded according to standard grading practice within the Sydney College of Divinity. The required Honours Seminar may be graded, but the results are not included in the final grade. The Research Methodology unit and two ‘further units’ are included and account for 3/8 of the final grade.

6.7    The final grade of honours is calculated by taking into account the results of the Honours thesis (5/8 of total grade) and the Research Methodology and two ‘further’ course work units (3/8 of total grade). The Academic Board of the Teaching Body shall then propose a final grade of First Class Honours, Second Class Honours Division One, Second Class Honours Division Two or Third Class Honours, to the Research Committee.

6.8    The classes of honours shall be H = First Class; D = Second Class, Division One; C = Second Class, Division Two; P = Third Class.

6.9    If a candidate completes all the components of the honours course but fails to qualify for the award of any class of honours, his or her academic record will be endorsed with an academic comment “Failed to qualify for a class of honours in the BTh” and the honours course description against which the class of honours is normally recorded will be deleted

7        Examiners’ Reports

7.1   Candidates will be given a copy of the examiners’ reports at the completion of the examination process. Examiners’ names will be included unless a written request to the contrary has been received by the Office of the Dean.

8        Submission of the Completed Thesis

8.1   When any corrections as determined by the Research Committee in light of the examiners’ reports have been completed two bound copies of the thesis are to be submitted to the Office of the Dean. The bound copies are to conform to the guidelines for the presentation and binding of theses following examination.

9        Saving Clause

9.1   Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained herein, the Academic Board of the Sydney College of Divinity may, in any case in which it may deem it appropriate to do so, vary, dispense with or suspend any requirement or prescription by these regulations, and report forthwith to the Council of the Sydney College of Divinity.


 

Section Seven

SECTION SEVEN : Postgraduate Coursework Degree Programs & Specific Regulations

  • Graduate Certificate in Arts (GradCertArts)
  • Graduate Certificate in Leadership (GradCertLead)
  • Graduate Certificate in Pastoral Supervision (GradCertPSupervision)
  • Graduate Certificate in Theological Education (GradCertThEd)
  • Graduate Certificate in  Theological Studies  (GradCertThSt)
  • Graduate Diploma of Arts (GradDipArts)
  • Graduate Diploma of Leadership (GradDipLead)
  • Graduate Diploma of Professional Supervision (GradDipProfSupervision)
  • Graduate Diploma of Theological Studies (GradDipThSt)
  • Master of Arts (MA)
  • Master of Leadership (MLead)
  • Master of Professional Supervision – (MProfSupervision)
  • Master of Theological Studies  (MThSt)
  • Master of Divinity (MDiv)
  • Master of Theology (MTh)

GradCertArts Award Summary

Graduate Certificate in Arts (GradCertArts)
CRICOS : 082669J

AQF Level 8 Graduate Certificate

Entry Requirements : A three-year AQF Level 7 award or equivalent in any discipline.

Duration : 0.5 year (1 semester) full-time or 1.5 years (3 semesters) part-time.

Mode : Full-time, part-time
International students on an Australian Student Visa are required to study full-time.

Structure : 36 credit points (4 units).
The course may be taken with or without a concentration.
A concentration in the GradCertArts comprises 18 credit points in a sub-discipline.

English Proficiency : Applicants whose entry qualifications were obtained in an institution where English is not the language of instruction normally require a minimum IELTS (or equivalent) score of 7.0 in all bands of the test.

Enrolment

The GradCertArts is offered through individual colleges.  Details are available from the colleges offering the course.

Contact the Registrar of one of the following colleges :

  • Australian College of Christian Studies;
  • Australian College of Ministries;
  • Catholic Institute of Sydney;
  • Nazarene Theological College;
  • New South Wales College of Clinical Pastoral Education;
  • St Andrew’s Greek Orthodox Theological College;
  • St Cyril’s Coptic Orthodox Theological College.

International students planning to study on an Australian Student Visa should contact the Registrar of one of the following colleges :

  • Australian College of Christian Studies;
  • Catholic Institute of Sydney;
  • Nazarene Theological College
Outcomes

The Graduate Certificate in Arts course is designed for those who hold a tertiary qualification in a non-theological discipline, who wish to pursue a graduate qualification in theology, and who are seeking skills in theological studies to enhance their professional work. Graduates will be able to apply a body of theological knowledge in a range of contexts relating to ministry and/or further learning.  Graduates will have:

Knowledge
  • An advanced understanding, within a coherent body of knowledge, in one or more theologically related disciplines or areas of practice; this may include the acquisition and application of knowledge and skills in a new or existing discipline or professional area.
Skills
  • Cognitive and technical skills in a theologically-related body of knowledge, so that they are able independently to:
    • review and synthesize theological information and identify and reflect on complex problems;
    • think critically and evaluate complex ideas;
    • demonstrate an understanding of theoretical concepts in one or more theological disciplines;
    • transmit theologically-related knowledge, skills and ideas to a variety of audiences.
Applications of Knowledge and Skills
  • The ability to:
    • make high level, independent judgments related to a range of issues pertaining to Christian living and / or ministry.
Assessment

Graduate students are expected to give evidence of a breadth and a depth of understanding beyond that of an undergraduate student.  In particular, their work should manifest the higher order skills of:

  • Analysis – the ability to recognize the distinctive aspects of a topic, and the inter-relationships between them;
  • Synthesis – the ability to integrate the various aspects of a topic and see them in the light of the whole;
  • Evaluation – the ability to think critically and originally, making judgments based on relevant evidence and methods.
Articulation to Other Awards

Students are eligible to articulate to the Graduate Diploma of Arts, on completion of which students are required to surrender their Graduate Certificate.

Academic Regulations for the Graduate Certificate in Arts

1.    Admission to Candidature

1.1   An applicant for admission to candidature for a degree of Graduate Certificate in Arts shall:

1.1.1   have qualified for admission to a three-year AQF Level 7 award from an accredited Australian tertiary institution; or

1.1.2   hold, from a university or other tertiary institution, qualifications approved by the Student Support and Administration Committee as equivalent to such an award.

1.2   Notwithstanding the provisions of this regulation the Student Support and Administration Committee may require an applicant to demonstrate fitness for admission as a candidate for this degree by carrying out such work and/or sitting for such examinations as the Student Support and Administration Committee may determine.

1.3   In exceptional cases an applicant may be admitted as a candidate for a Graduate Certificate in Arts if the applicant submits evidence of other academic and professional attainments to the Student Support and Administration Committee.

1.4   A Candidate for the award shall be designated as full-time or part-time. A student is designated as a full-time if enrolled in three units (27 credit points) or more in a semester or part-time if enrolled in less than three units (27 credit points) per semester.

1.5   No candidate for the award may be concurrently enrolled in any other undergraduate or postgraduate course within the Sydney College of Divinity or any other tertiary institution, unless approval has been granted by the Academic Board.

1.6   Applicants whose entry qualifications were obtained in an institution where English is not the language of instruction normally will be required to demonstrate competency in English by an IELTS (or equivalent) result of 7.0 in all bands of the test and may be required to attend such English language courses as prescribed by the Sydney College of Divinity.

1.7   Application for enrolment in the Graduate Certificate in Arts program is made to the Registrar of the appropriate Teaching Body offering the program.

2.  Course Structure

2.1   The Graduate Certificate in Arts requires the completion of 4 units (36 credit points).

2.2   All course units shall be taken from the Schedule of Units of Study in the 8500 and 9600 series.

2.3   The course may be taken with or without a concentration. A concentration in the Graduate Certificate comprises 18 credit points in a sub-discipline.

3. Period of Candidature:

3.1   The period of candidature for the degree shall normally be 0.5 year (1 semester) full time and up to 1.5 years (3 semesters) part-time.

3.2   In certain circumstances the Student Support and Administration Committee may grant extensions to the period of candidature.

4. Leave of Absence

4.1   The Student Support and Administration Committee may grant leave of absence from the Graduate Certificate in Arts. The period of leave shall not be counted as part of the period of candidature for the degree.

4.2   The period of leave shall normally be one semester after which a candidate may apply for a further period of one semester or will be required to complete candidature.

5.  Assessment

5.1   The assessment of course units shall be in the manner approved by the Academic Board in line with the College’s established guidelines

5.2   Students may be required by the Academic Board to present themselves for oral examination.

5.3   Academic and non-academic misconduct will be penalised in accordance with the regulations of the Sydney College of Divinity, whose stipulations are severe.

6.  Credit

6.1   A candidate may seek credit up to a maximum of 18 credit points in the Graduate Certificate in Arts. Credit can be granted only from units at graduate level where the outcomes, content, demand hours and assessment are equivalent to that of units in the SCD award.

7.  Saving Clause

7.1   Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained herein, the Academic Board of the Sydney College of Divinity may, in any case in which it may deem it appropriate to do so, vary, dispense with or suspend any requirement or prescription by these regulations, and report forthwith to the Council of the Sydney College of Divinity.


 

GradCertLead Award Summary

Graduate Certificate in Leadership (GradCertLead)

 AQF Level 8 Graduate Certificate

Entry Requirements : A three year AQF 7 award in the field of philosophy and religious studies (Australian Standard Classification of Education field 0917 – Philosophy and Religious Studies).

Duration : 0.5 year (1 semester) full-time, or 1.5 years (3 semesters) part-time.

Mode : Full-time, part-time.

Structure : Four units (36 credit points) including one compulsory unit (9 credit points), one core unit (9 credit points) taken from the list of approved Master of Leadership core units and two elective units (18 credit points).

English Proficiency : Applicants whose entry qualifications were obtained in an institution where English is not the language of instruction normally require a minimum IELTS (or equivalent) score of 7.0 in all bands of the test.

Enrolment

The GradCertLead is offered through individual colleges.  Details are available from the colleges offering the course.

Contact the Registrar of one of the following colleges:

  • Australian College of Christian Studies;
  • Australian College of Ministries;
  • Catholic Institute of Sydney;
  • Nazarene Theological College;
  • New South Wales College of Clinical Pastoral Education;
  • Saint Andrew’s Greek Orthodox Theological College;
  • Saint Cyril’s Coptic Orthodox Theological College.
 Graduate Profile and Rationale

The Graduate Certificate in Leadership is designed for those possessing a three-year undergraduate degree in the field of philosophy and religious studies who wish to pursue a further qualification an area of leadership focus as part of their continuing education for ministry.

The Graduate Certificate in Leadership focusses on building leadership capacity for people involved in a wide scope of religious, non-profit, community-focused enterprises. Students may be working for denominationally based organisations in education, welfare, aged care, local church or other ministries requiring specific leadership training for ministry or mission.

Outcomes

Graduates will have added particular knowledge and skills in leadership to their theological education to enhance their work in the religious sector:

Knowledge

Graduates will possess:

  • specialised theoretical and technical knowledge related to the practice of leadership particular to the management and governance of a complex religious, non-profit, ministry enterprise;
  • an understanding of the principles of inquiry and methods applicable to leadership theory and their application to real-world ministry practice.
Skills

Graduates will demonstrate specialised cognitive and technical skills in leadership within a ministry-related body of knowledge, so that they are able independently to:

  • analyse critically, evaluate, and apply information to complete a range of activities associated with leadership in a ministry related context;
  • analyse, generate and provide solutions to complex problems to guide the effective governance, management and operations of a religious, non-profit, community organization;
  • transmit knowledge, skills and ideas through coherent and sustained leadership to specialist and non-specialist audiences.
Applications of Knowledge and Skills

Graduates will possess the ability to:

  • apply knowledge and skills in a way that demonstrates autonomy, well developed judgment, adaptability, and responsibility as leaders in religious, non-profit, community-focused enterprises;
  • plan and execute a research or field-based project in an area of work-based leadership.
Articulation to Other Awards

Students are eligible to articulate to the Graduate Diploma in Leadership on completion of which students are required to surrender their Graduate Certificate.

 Academic regulations for the Graduate Certificate in Leadership

1     Admission to Candidature

1.1    An applicant for admission to candidature for the Graduate Certificate in Leadership shall:

1.1.1    hold a three year AQF 7 award in the field of philosophy and religious studies (Australian Standard Classification of Education field 0917 – Philosophy and Religious Studies) from an accredited Australian tertiary institution; or

1.1.2    hold, from a university or other tertiary institution, qualifications approved by the Student Support and Administration Committee as equivalent to such an award.

1.2    Notwithstanding the provisions of this regulation the Student Support and Administration Committee may require an applicant to demonstrate fitness for admission as a candidate for this degree by carrying out such work and/or sitting for such examinations as the Student Support and Administration Committee may determine.

1.3    In exceptional cases an applicant may be admitted as a candidate for a Graduate Certificate in Leadership if the applicant submits evidence of other academic and professional attainments to the Student Support and Administration Committee.

1.4    A Candidate for the award shall be designated as full-time or part-time. A student is designated as a full-time if enrolled in three units (27 cps) or more in a semester or part-time if enrolled in less than three units (27 cps) per semester.

1.5    No candidate for the award may be concurrently enrolled in any other undergraduate or postgraduate course within the Sydney College of Divinity or any other tertiary institution, unless approval has been granted by the Academic Board.

1.6    Applicants whose entry qualifications were obtained in an institution where English is not the language of instruction normally will be required to demonstrate competency in English by an IELTS (or equivalent) result of 7.0 in all bands of the test and may be required to attend such English language courses as prescribed by the Sydney College of Divinity.

1.7    Application for enrolment in the Graduate Certificate in Leadership program is made to the Registrar of the appropriate Teaching Body offering the program.

2    Course Structure

2.1    The Graduate Certificate in Leadership requires the completion of 36 cps (i.e. 4 units) from 8500 and 9600 series units in the SCD Schedule of Units of Study.

2.2       The four units (36 cps) shall include:

– one compulsory unit (9 cps): P8570 Foundations of Christian Leadership
– one core unit (9 cps) taken from the list of approved Master of Leadership core units
– two elective units from the 8500 and 9600 series in the SCD Schedule of Units (18 cps)

3     Period of Candidature

3.1    The period of candidature for the degree shall normally be 0.5 year (1 semester) full time and up to 1.5 years (3 semesters) part-time.

3.2    In certain circumstances the Student Support and Administration Committee may grant extensions to the period of candidature.

4    Leave of Absence

4.1    The Student Support and Administration Committee may grant leave of absence from the Graduate Certificate in Leadership. The period of leave shall not be counted as part of the period of candidature for the degree.

4.2    The period of leave shall normally be one semester after which a candidate may apply for a further period of one semester or will be required to complete candidature.

5     Assessment

5.1    The assessment of course units shall be in the manner approved by the Academic Board in line with the College’s established guidelines.

5.2    Students may be required by the Academic Board to present themselves for oral examination.

5.3    Academic and non-academic misconduct will be penalised in accordance with the regulations of the Sydney College of Divinity, whose stipulations are rigorous.

6    Credit and Recognised Prior Learning

6.1    A candidate may seek credit for previous accredited study and/or Recognised Prior Learning up to a maximum of 18 cos in the Graduate Certificate in Leadership.

6.2    Credit can be granted only from units at graduate level where the outcomes, content, demand hours and assessment are equivalent to those of existing SCD units.

6.3    Credit for Recognised Prior Learning can be granted subject to a successful application.

7    Saving Clause

7.1       Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained herein, the Academic Board of the Sydney College of Divinity may, in any case in which it may deem it appropriate to do so, vary, dispense with or suspend any requirement or prescription by these regulations, and report forthwith to the Council of the Sydney College of Divinity.


 

GradCertPSupervision Award Summary

Graduate Certificate in Pastoral Supervision (GradCertPSupervision)

 AQF Level 8 Graduate Certificate

Entry Requirements :

A three year AQF 7 award in the field of philosophy and religious studies (Australian Standard Classification of Education field 0917 – Philosophy and Religious Studies); or in the field of social work, social science, counselling, or psychology.

At least 5 years professional experience within a helping profession and a recommendation from their employer, professional association, or ordaining body.

Duration : 0.5 year (1 semester) full-time, or 2 years (4 semesters) part-time.

Mode : Full-time, part-time.

Structure : Four compulsory units (36 credit points) with a concentration in Counselling.

English Proficiency : Applicants whose entry qualifications were obtained in an institution where English is not the language of instruction normally require a minimum IELTS (or equivalent) score of 7.0 in all bands of the test.

Enrolment

The GradCertPSupervision is offered through individual colleges.  Details are available from the colleges offering the course.

Contact the Registrar of the following college :

  • Australian College of Ministries
Graduate Profile and Rationale

The Graduate Certificate in Pastoral Supervision is designed for those possessing a three-year undergraduate degree in ministry/theology or an allied helping profession who wish to pursue a further qualification in the area of supervisory practice as part of their continuing education.

The Graduate Certificate in Pastoral Supervision focuses on building supervisory leadership capacity for people involved in a wide scope of religious and/or non-profit and/or community-focused enterprises. Students may be working for denominationally based organisations in education, welfare, aged care, local church or other ministries requiring specific leadership training for ministry or mission.

Outcomes

Graduates will have added advanced knowledge and skills in supervisory leadership to their theological education to enhance their work in the religious sector:

Knowledge

Graduates will possess:

  • specialised theoretical and technical knowledge related to the practice of professional supervision to aid in the development of high quality, ethical and safe practitioners in ministry, community work and allied people helping professions.
  • an advanced understanding of the principles of inquiry and methods applicable to supervision theory and their application to real-world professional practice.
Skills

Graduates will demonstrate advanced cognitive, technical and communication skills in leadership within a ministry-related body of knowledge, so that they are able independently to:

  • analyse critically, evaluate, and apply information to complete a range of activities associated with supervision in a ministry related context;
  • analyse, generate and provide solutions to complex problems to guide the effective supervision of employees or volunteers in a religious, non-profit, community organisation;
  • transmit knowledge, skills and ideas through coherent and sustained leadership to specialist and non-specialist audiences.
Applications of Knowledge and Skills

Graduates will possess the ability to:

  • apply knowledge and skills in a way that demonstrates autonomy, well developed judgment, adaptability and responsibility for effective supervision in religious, non-profit, and/or community-focused enterprises.
Articulation to Other Awards

Students are eligible to articulate to the Graduate Diploma in Professional Supervision or the Master of Professional Supervision.

Academic Regulations for the Graduate Certificate in Pastoral Supervision
  1. Admission to Candidature

1.1    An applicant for admission to candidature for the Graduate Certificate in Pastoral Supervision shall:

1.1.1    hold a three year AQF 7 award in the field of philosophy and religious studies (Australian Standard Classification of Education field 0917 – Philosophy and Religious Studies) from an accredited Australian tertiary institution; or

1.1.2    hold a three year AQF 7 award in the field of social work, social science, counselling or psychology; or

1.1.3    hold, from a university or other tertiary institution, qualifications approved by the Student Support and Administration Committee as equivalent to such an award; and

1.1.4    have at least 5 years professional experience within a helping profession and a recommendation from their employer, professional association, or ordaining body.

1.2    Notwithstanding the provisions of this regulation the Student Support and Administration Committee may require an applicant to demonstrate fitness for admission as a candidate for this degree by carrying out such work and/or sitting for such examinations as the Student Support and Administration Committee may determine.

1.3    In exceptional cases an applicant may be admitted as a candidate for a Graduate Certificate in Pastoral Supervision if the applicant submits evidence of other academic and professional attainments to the Student Support and Administration Committee.

1.4    A Candidate for the award shall be designated as full-time or part-time. A student is designated as a full-time if enrolled in three units (27 cps) or more in a semester or part-time if enrolled in less than three units (27 cps) per semester.

1.5    No candidate for the award may be concurrently enrolled in any other undergraduate or postgraduate course within the Sydney College of Divinity or any other tertiary institution, unless approval has been granted by the Academic Board.

1.6    Applicants whose entry qualifications were obtained in an institution where English is not the language of instruction normally will be required to demonstrate competency in English by an IELTS (or equivalent) result of 7.0 in all bands of the test and may be required to attend such English language courses as prescribed by the Sydney College of Divinity.

1.7    Application for enrolment in the Graduate Certificate in Pastoral Supervision program is made to the Registrar of the appropriate Teaching Body offering the program.

  1. Course Structure

2.1    The Graduate Certificate in Pastoral Supervision requires the completion of four compulsory* units (36 cps) that shall be:

– C8507 Fundamental Principles of Pastoral Supervision
– C8548 Well-being and Resilience for People Helpers
– P8502 Foundations of Ethical Professional Practice
– P8504 Theological Principles of Pastoral Supervision

* If compulsory units have been completed in the award used for submission into the Graduate Certificate in Pastoral Supervision, they are to be replaced with one or two appropriate elective units.

2.2    The candidate will complete the necessary 18 credit points in the sub-discipline of Counselling to achieve a concentration in Counselling.

  1. Period of Candidature

3.1    The period of candidature for the award shall normally be 0.5 year (1 semester) full time and up to 2 years (4 semesters) part-time.

3.2    In certain circumstances the Student Support and Administration Committee may grant extensions to the period of candidature.

  1. Leave of Absence

4.1    The Student Support and Administration Committee may grant leave of absence from the Graduate Certificate in Pastoral Supervision. The period of leave shall not be counted as part of the period of candidature for the degree.

4.2    The period of leave shall normally be one semester after which a candidate may apply for a further period of one semester or will be required to complete candidature.

  1. Assessment

5.1    The assessment of course units shall be in the manner approved by the Academic Board in line with the College’s established guidelines.

5.2    Students may be required by the Academic Board to present themselves for oral examination.

5.3    Academic and non-academic misconduct will be penalised in accordance with the regulations of the Sydney College of Divinity, whose stipulations are rigorous.

  1. Credit and Recognised Prior Learning

6.1    A candidate may seek credit for previous accredited study and/or Recognised Prior Learning up to a maximum of 9 cps in the Graduate Certificate of Pastoral Supervision.

6.2     Special consideration for credit (up to 18 cps) may be given to Clinical Pastoral Education students if the Student Support and Administration Committee deems any CPE units on the SCD Register of Units as equivalent to the units required for this Course.

6.3    Credit may be granted only from units at graduate level where the outcomes, content, demand hours and assessment are equivalent to those of existing SCD units.

6.4    Credit for Recognised Prior Learning may be granted subject to a successful application.

  1. Saving Clause

7.1    Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained herein, the Academic Board of the Sydney College of Divinity may, in any case in which it may deem it appropriate to do so, vary, dispense with or suspend any requirement or prescription by these regulations, and report forthwith to the Council of the Sydney College of Divinity.


 

GradCertThEd Award Summary

Graduate Certificate in Theological Education (GradCertThEd)

AQF Level 8 Graduate Certificate

Entry Requirements :
A three year AQF 7 award in the field of philosophy and religious studies (Australian Standard Classification of Education field 0917 – Philosophy and Religious Studies).
Current or previous experience as a theological educator in the tertiary sector.

Duration : 0.5 year (1 semester) full-time, or up to 2 years (4 semesters) part-time.

Mode : Full-time, part-time.

Structure : Four units (36 credit points) including two compulsory units (18 credit points), and two elective units (18 credit points).

English Proficiency : Applicants whose entry qualifications were obtained in an institution where English is not the language of instruction normally require a minimum IELTS (or equivalent) score of 7.0 in all bands of the test.

Enrolment

The GradCertThEd is offered through individual colleges. Details are available from the colleges offering the course.

Contact the Registrar of one of the following colleges:

  • Australian College of Christian Studies
  • Australian College of Ministries
  • Catholic Institute of Sydney
  • Nazarene Theological College
  • New South Wales College of Clinical Pastoral Education
  • St Andrew’s Greek Orthodox Theological College
  • St Cyril’s Theological College
Outcomes

The Graduate Certificate in Theological Education is designed for those who hold a tertiary qualification in the field of philosophy and religious studies, and who are engaged in theological education, who wish to pursue a graduate qualification in theological education, in order to enhance their professional work.

Knowledge

Graduates will possess:

  • an advanced understanding, within a coherent body of knowledge, in the field of Theological Education
  • specialised theoretical and technical knowledge related to the delivery of Theological Education
  • an understanding of the principles of inquiry and methods applicable to the principles and practice of Theological Education
Skills

Graduates will demonstrate specialised cognitive and technical skills in the design, development, and delivery of Theological Education, so that they are able independently to:

  • evaluate current educational theory and practice from a theological perspective
  • review and synthesize historical approaches to the theory and practice of Theological Education
  • critically consider and evaluate a variety of approaches to Theological Education
  • develop effective methods of learning and teaching in Theological Education
Applications of Knowledge and Skills

Graduates will possess the ability to apply knowledge and skills in a way that demonstrates autonomy, well developed judgment, adaptability, and responsibility as theological educators in the tertiary sector.

Assessment

Graduate students are expected to give evidence of a breadth and a depth of understanding beyond that of an undergraduate student.  In particular, their work should manifest the higher order skills of:

  • Analysis – the ability to recognize the distinctive aspects of a topic, and the inter-relationships between them.
  • Synthesis – the ability to integrate the various aspects of a topic and see them in the light of the whole.
  • Evaluation – the ability to think critically and originally, making judgments based on relevant evidence and methods.
Articulation to Other Awards

Those holding the Graduate Certificate are eligible to articulate to the 8 Unit MA, retaining their Graduate Certificate.

Those holding the Graduate Certificate are eligible for 2 Units of Credit (18cps) in the MDiv or the MTh, if the Graduate Certificate is retained, or 4 Units of Credit (36cps) if the Graduate Certificate is surrendered.

Academic regulations for the Graduate Certificate in Theological Education

1.   Admission to Candidature

1.1   An applicant for admission to candidature for a degree of Graduate Certificate in Theological Education shall:

1.1.1  hold a three year AQF 7 award in the field of philosophy and religious studies (Australian Standard Classification of Education field 0917 – Philosophy and Religious Studies) from an accredited Australian tertiary institution; or

1.1.2  hold, from a university or other tertiary institution, qualifications approved by the Student Support and Administration Committee as equivalent to such an award; and

1.1.3  have current or previous experience as a theological educator in the tertiary sector.

1.2  Notwithstanding the provisions of this regulation the Student Support and Administration Committee may require an applicant to demonstrate fitness for admission as a candidate for this degree by carrying out such work and/or sitting for such examinations as the Student Support and Administration Committee may determine.

1.3  In exceptional cases an applicant may be admitted as a candidate for a Graduate Certificate in Theological Education if the applicant submits evidence of other academic and professional attainments to the Student Support and Administration Committee.

1.4  A Candidate for the award shall be designated as full-time or part-time. A student is designated as a full-time if enrolled in three units (27 credit points) or more in a semester or part-time if enrolled in less than three units (27 credit points) per semester.

1.5  No candidate for the award may be concurrently enrolled in any other undergraduate or postgraduate course within the Sydney College of Divinity or any other tertiary institution, unless approval has been granted by the Academic Board.

1.6  Applicants whose entry qualifications were obtained in an institution where English is not the language of instruction normally will be required to demonstrate competency in English by an IELTS (or equivalent) result of 7.0 in all bands of the test and may be required to attend such English language courses as prescribed by the Sydney College of Divinity.

1.7  Application for enrolment in the Graduate Certificate in Theological Education program is made to the Registrar of the appropriate Teaching Body offering the program.

2.    Course Structure

2.1   The Graduate Certificate in Theological Education requires the completion of 36 cps (i.e. 4 units) from 8500 and 9600 series units from the subdiscipline of Theological Education, within the Humanities in the Christian Tradition discipline. See attached Schedule of Units of Study.

2.2   The four units (36 cps) shall include:

Two compulsory units (18 cps) –
D8501 Principles of Theological Education
D9601  Theological Pedagogy

Two elective units (18 cps), taken from the attached Schedule 1*

3.    Period of Candidature:

3.1   The period of candidature for the degree shall normally be 0.5 year (1 semester) full time and up to 2 years (4 semesters) part-time.

3.2   In certain circumstances the Student Support and Administration Committee may grant extensions to the period of candidature.

4.   Leave of Absence

4.1   The Student Support and Administration Committee may grant leave of absence from the Graduate Certificate in Theological Education. The period of leave shall not be counted as part of the period of candidature for the degree.

4.2   The period of leave shall normally be one semester after which a candidate may apply for a further period of one semester or will be required to complete candidature.

5.   Assessment

5.1   The assessment of course units shall be in the manner approved by the Academic Board in line with the College’s established guidelines

5.2   Students may be required by the Academic Board to present themselves for oral examination.

5.3   Academic and non-academic misconduct will be penalised in accordance with the regulations of the Sydney College of Divinity, whose stipulations are severe.

6.    Credit

6.1   A candidate may seek credit up to a maximum of 9 credit points in the Graduate Certificate in Theological Education.  Credit may be granted only from units at graduate level where the outcomes, content, demand hours and assessment are equivalent to that of units in the SCD award, and for units that are congruent with the ethos of the SCD GradCert ThEd.

7.    Saving Clause

7.1   Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained herein, the Academic Board of the Sydney College of Divinity may, in any case in which it may deem it appropriate to do so, vary, dispense with or suspend any requirement or prescription by these regulations, and report forthwith to the Council of the Sydney College of Divinity.

*Schedule 1

  • Compulsory Units

D8501 Principles of Theological Education (9 cp)
D9601  Theological Pedagogy (9 cp)

  • Elective Units

D8502  Contemporary Issues in Theological Education (9 cp)
D9602  Theological Curriculum (9 cp)
D9621 Theological Education Project (9 cp)
D9622 Theological Education Focused Study (9 cp)


GradCertThSt Award Summary

Graduate Certificate in Theological Studies (GradCertThSt)

AQF Level 8 Graduate Certificate

Entry Requirements : A three-year AQF Level 7 award or equivalent in any discipline

Duration : 0.5 year (1 semester) full-time or 1.5 years (3 semesters) part time.

Mode : Full-time, part-time

Structure : 36 credit points (i.e. 4 units).
The course will be taken with at least one unit from the discipline of Theology and one from Biblical Studies.
The course unit may be taken with a concentration. This comprises 18 credit points in a sub-discipline.

English Proficiency : Applicants whose entry qualifications were obtained in an institution where English is not the language of instruction normally require a minimum IELTS (or equivalent) score of 7.0 in all bands of the test.

Enrolment

The GradCertThSt is offered through individual colleges. Details are available from the colleges offering the course.

Contact the Registrar of one of the following colleges

  • Australian College of Christian Studies
  • Australian College of Ministries
  • Catholic Institute of Sydney
  • Nazarene Theological College
  • NSW College of Clinical Pastoral Education
  • St Andrew’s Greek Orthodox Theological College
  • St Cyril’s Coptic Orthodox Theological College
Graduate Profile and Rationale

The Graduate Certificate in Theological Studies is designed for those who hold a three-year undergraduate tertiary qualification in a non-theological discipline and who wish to pursue a graduate qualification in theology and its associated disciplines, more specifically those of Theology and Biblical Studies. Students will be able to critically engage Christian thought and traditions, enhance their professional work and give expression to insights for Christian living.

The Graduate Certificate in Theological Studies focuses on introducing students to two core theological disciplines (Theology and Biblical Studies) equipping them with foundational knowledge for further study in these two areas.

Outcomes

Graduates will have:

Knowledge

an understanding, within a coherent body of knowledge, of the core disciplines of Theology and Biblical Studies serving both as an introduction to the study of theology and its related disciplines and as the basis for independent lifelong learning.

Skills

Cognitive and technical skills specifically in the disciplines of Theology and Biblical Studies, so as to be able independently to:

  • review and synthesize theological information and reflect on complex problems
  • think critically and evaluate complex ideas
  • research, analyse and communicate theologically related ideas
Applications of Knowledge and Skills

the ability to:

  • make high level, independent and theologically informed judgements related to a range of issues pertaining to Christian living and / or ministry.
Articulation into Other Awards

Students are eligible to articulate to the Graduate Diploma of Theological Studies (4 further units), on completion of which students are required to surrender their SCD Graduate Certificate. Students are also eligible to enter the Master of Theological Studies program.

Academic Regulations for the Graduate Certificate in Theological Studies
  1. Admission to Candidature

1.1   An applicant for admission to candidature for a Graduate Certificate in Theological Studies shall:

1.1.1    Have qualified for admission to a three-year AQF Level 7 award from an accredited Australian tertiary institution; or

1.1.1    hold, from a university or other tertiary institution, qualifications approved by the Student Support and Administration Committee as equivalent to such an award.

1.2   Notwithstanding the provisions of this regulation the Student Support and Administration Committee may require an applicant to demonstrate fitness for admission as a candidate for this certificate by carrying out such work and/or sitting for such examinations as the Student Support and Administration Committee may determine

1.3   In exceptional cases an applicant may be admitted as a candidate for a Graduate Certificate in Theological Studies if the applicant submits evidence of other academic and professional attainments to the Student Support and Administration Committee.

1.4   A Candidate for the award shall be designated as full-time or part-time. A student is designated as full-time if enrolled in three units (27 credit points) or more in a semester, or part-time if enrolled in less than three units (27 credit points) per semester.

1.5   No candidate for the award may be concurrently enrolled in any other undergraduate or postgraduate course within the Sydney College of Divinity or any other tertiary institution, unless approval has been granted by the Academic Board.

1.6   Applicants whose entry qualifications were obtained in an institution where English is not the language of instruction normally will be required to demonstrate competency in English by an IELTS (or equivalent) result of 7.0 in all bands of the test and may be required to attend such English language courses as prescribed by the Sydney College of Divinity.

  1. Course Structure

2.1   The Graduate Certificate in Theological Studies requires the completion of 4 units.

2.2   All course units shall be taken from the Schedule of Units of Study in the 8500 and 9600 series.

2.3   The four units shall include:

2.3.1   One foundational unit in Theology

2.3.2   One foundational unit in Biblical Studies

2.3.3   Two elective units.

2.4   The course may be taken with or without a concentration. A concentration in the Graduate Certificate comprises 18 credit points in the disciplines of Theology or Biblical Studies.

  1. Period of Candidature

3.1   The period of candidature for the certificate shall normally be 0.5 year (1 semester) full-time and up to 1.5 years (3 semesters) part-time.

3.2   In certain circumstances the Student Support and Administration Committee may grant extensions to the period of candidature.

  1. Leave of Absence

4.1   The Student Support and Administration Committee may grant leave of absence from the Graduate Certificate in Theological Studies. The period of leave shall not be counted as part of the period of candidature for the award.

4.2   The period of leave shall normally be one semester after which a candidate may apply for a further period of one semester or will be required to complete candidature.

  1. Assessment

5.1   The assessment of course units shall be in the manner approved by the Academic Board in line with the College’s established guidelines

5.2   Students may be required by the Academic Board to present themselves for oral examination.

5.2   Academic and non-academic misconduct will be penalised in accordance with the regulations of the Sydney College of Divinity, whose stipulations are severe.

  1. Credit

6.1   A candidate may seek credit up to a maximum of 18 credit points in the Graduate Certificate in Theological Studies. Credit can be granted only from Bible and Theology units at graduate level where the outcomes, content, demand hours and assessment are equivalent to that of units in the SCD award.

  1. Saving Clause

7.1   Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained herein, the Academic Board of the Sydney College of Divinity may, in any case in which it may deem it appropriate to do so, vary, dispense with or suspend any requirement or prescription by these regulations, and report forthwith to the Council of the Sydney College of Divinity.

Schedule

Compulsory Units to attain the Graduate Certificate in Theological Studies

One foundational unit in Theology
AND
One foundational Unit in Biblical Studies

Other units

A choice of another two units from the suite of SCD 8500 or 9600 level units.
Students who may wish to complete the GradCertThSt with a concentration need to take one other unit from the disciplines of Theology or Biblical Studies.


 

GradDipArts Award Summary

Graduate Diploma of Arts (GradDipArts)
CRICOS : 063707k

AQF Level 8 Graduate Diploma

Entry Requirements : A three-year AQF Level 7 award in any discipline. Students with an SCD Graduate Certificate in Arts may enter the program.  To receive the award they are required to complete a further 36 credit points (4 units), and hand back the GradCertArts upon graduation.

Duration : 1 year (2 semesters) full-time or 3 years (6 semesters) part-time

Mode : Full-time, part-time.
International students on an Australian Student Visa are required to study full-time.

Structure : 72 credit points (8 units)

The course may be taken with or without a specialisation.

A specialisation in the GradDipArts comprises 36 credit points in a sub-discipline with at least one 9600-series unit.

Exit Point:Graduate Certificate in Arts (36 credit points)

English Proficiency:Applicants whose entry qualifications were obtained in an institution where English is not the language of instruction normally require a minimum IELTS (or equivalent) score of 7.0 in all bands of the test.

Enrolment

The GradDipArts is offered through the colleges. Details are available from the colleges offering the course.

Contact the Registrar of one of the following colleges:

  • Australian College of Christian Studies
  • Australian College of Ministries
  • Catholic Institute of Sydney
  • Nazarene Theological College
  • New South Wales College of Clinical Pastoral Education
  • St Andrew’s Greek Orthodox Theological College
  • St Cyril’s Coptic Orthodox Theological College

International students planning to study on an Australian Student Visa should contact the Registrar of one of the following Teaching Bodies:

  • Australian College of Christian Studies
  • Nazarene Theological College
Graduate Profile and Rationale

The Graduate Diploma of Arts course is designed primarily for those who hold a tertiary qualification in a non-theological discipline, who wish to pursue a graduate qualification in theology, and who are seeking skills in theological studies to enhance their professional work. Graduates will be able to apply a body of theological knowledge in a range of contexts relating to ministry and/or further learning.

Outcomes

Graduates will have:

Knowledge
  • an advanced understanding within a coherent body of knowledge in one or more theologically related disciplines or areas of practice; this may include the acquisition and application of knowledge and skills in a new or existing discipline or professional area.
Skills
  • cognitive and technical skills in a theologically-related body of knowledge, so that they are able independently to:
  • review, reflect on, and synthesize theological information and identify and provide resources towards resolving complex problems
  • think critically and evaluate complex ideas
  • apply specialised and creative skills in Christian living and ministry
  • demonstrate an advanced understanding of theoretical concepts in theology
  • transmit theologically-related knowledge, skills and ideas to a variety of audiences
Applications of Knowledge and Skills
  • the ability to
    • make high level, independent judgments
    • where the course is taken with specialisation, plan and evaluate activities and projects within a particular ministry setting.
Assessment

Graduate Diploma students are expected to give evidence of a breadth of research and a depth of understanding beyond that of an undergraduate student.  In particular, their work should manifest the higher order skills of:

  • Analysis – the ability to recognize the distinctive aspects of a topic, and the inter-relationships between them.
  • Synthesis – the ability to integrate the various aspects of a topic and see them in the light of the whole.
  • Evaluation – the ability to think critically and originally, making judgments based on relevant evidence and methods.
Exit points

Students enrolled in the GradDipArts may exit with the Graduate Certificate in Arts provided they have met the requirements of the award.

Articulation to Other Awards

Students are eligible to articulate to the Master of Arts offered by the Sydney College of Divinity, on completion of which students are required to surrender their GradDipArts.

Academic regulations for the Graduate Diploma of Arts

1   Admission to Candidature

1.1   An applicant for admission to candidature for a degree of Graduate Diploma of Arts shall:

1.1.1   have qualified for admission to a three-year AQF Level 7 award from an accredited Australian Tertiary institution; or

1.1.2   hold, from a university or other tertiary institution, qualifications approved by the Student Support and Administration Committee as equivalent to such an award;

1.1.3   hold an SCD Graduate Certificate in Arts: to receive the award a student is required to complete a further 36 credit points (4 units), and hand back the GradCertArts upon graduation;

1.1.4   hold a Vocational Graduate Certificate (VET accredited) and be granted provisional admission.

1.2   Notwithstanding the provisions of this regulation the Student Support and Administration Committee may require an applicant to demonstrate fitness for admission as a candidate for this degree by carrying out such work and/or sitting for such examinations as the Student Support and Administration Committee may determine.

1.3   In exceptional cases an applicant may be admitted as a candidate for a Graduate Diploma of Arts if the applicant submits evidence of other academic and professional attainments to the Student Support and Administration Committee.

1.4   A candidate for a Graduate Diploma of Arts shall be designated as full-time or part-time. A student is designated as a full-time if enrolled in three units (27 credit points) or more in a semester or part-time if enrolled in less than three units (27 credit points) per semester.

1.5   No candidate for the award may be concurrently enrolled in any other undergraduate or postgraduate course within the Sydney College of Divinity or any other tertiary institution, unless approval has been granted by the Academic Board.

1.6   Applicants whose entry qualifications were obtained in an institution where English is not the language of instruction normally will be required to demonstrate competency in English by an IELTS (or equivalent) result of 7.0 in all bands of the test and may be required to attend such English language courses as prescribed by the Sydney College of Divinity.

1.7   Application for enrolment in the Graduate Diploma of Arts program is made to the Registrar of the appropriate Teaching Body offering the program.

2.   Course Structure

2.1   The Graduate Diploma of Arts requires the completion of 8 units.

2.2   All course units shall be taken from the Schedule of Units of Study from 8500 and 9600 series.

2.3   The course may be taken with or without a specialisation. A specialisation in the GradDipArts comprises 36 credit points in a sub-discipline with at least one 9600-series unit.

2.4   Students who enter the program from a BTh, BMin, MDiv or equivalent course cannot enrol in units with content similar to those covered in their earlier studies.

3.   Period of Candidature

3.1   The period of candidature for the degree shall normally be 1 year full-time and up to 3 years part-time.

3.2   In certain circumstances the Student Support and Administration Committee may grant extensions to the period of candidature.

4.   Leave of Absence

4.1   The Student Support and Administration Committee may grant leave of absence from the Graduate Diploma of Arts. The period of leave shall not be counted as part of the period of candidature for the degree.

4.2   The period of leave shall normally be one semester after which a candidate may apply for a further period of one semester or will be required to complete candidature.

5.   Assessment

5.1   The assessment of subject units shall be in the manner approved by the Academic Board in line with the College’s established guidelines.

5.2   Students may be required by the Academic Board to present themselves for oral examination.

5.3   Academic and non-academic misconduct will be penalised in accordance with the regulations of the Sydney College of Divinity, whose stipulations are severe.

6.  Credit

6.1   A candidate may seek credit up to a maximum of 36 credit points in the Graduate Diploma of Arts. Credit can be granted only from units at graduate level where the outcomes, content, demand hours and assessment are equivalent to that of units in the SCD award.

7.    Saving Clause

7.1    Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained herein, the Academic Board of the Sydney College of Divinity may, in any case in which it may deem it appropriate to do so, vary, dispense with or suspend any requirement or prescription by these regulations, and report forthwith to the Council of the Sydney College of Divinity.


 

GradDipLead Award Summary

Graduate Diploma of Leadership (GradDipLead)

AQF Level 8 Graduate Diploma

Entry Requirements : A three year AQF 7 award in the field of philosophy and religious studies (Australian Standard Classification of Education field 0917 – Philosophy and Religious Studies).

Duration : year (2 semesters) full-time, or 3 years (6 semesters) part-time.

Mode : Full-time, part-time.

Structure : Eight units (72 credit points) including two compulsory units (18 credit points), two core units (18 credit points) taken from the list of approved Master of Leadership core units, and four elective units (36 credit points).

English Proficiency : Applicants whose entry qualifications were obtained in an institution where English is not the language of instruction normally require a minimum IELTS (or equivalent) score of 7.0 in all bands of the test.

Enrolment

The GradDipLead is offered through the colleges. Details are available from the colleges offering the course.

Contact the Registrar of one of the following colleges:

  • Australian College of Christian Studies
  • Australian College of Ministries
  • Catholic Institute of Sydney
  • Nazarene Theological College
  • New South Wales College of Clinical Pastoral Education
  • Saint Andrew’s Greek Orthodox Theological College
  • Saint Cyril’s Coptic Orthodox Theological College
Graduate Profile and Rationale

The Graduate Diploma of Leadership is designed for those possessing a three year undergraduate degree in the field of philosophy and religious studies who wish to pursue a further qualification an area of leadership focus as part of their continuing education for ministry.

The Graduate Diploma of Leadership focusses on building leadership capacity for people involved in a wide scope of religious, non-profit, community focused enterprises. Students may be working for denominationally based organisations in education, welfare, aged care, local church or other ministries requiring specific leadership training for ministry or mission.

Outcomes

Graduates will have added specialised knowledge and skills in leadership to their theological education to enhance their work in the religious sector:

Knowledge

Graduates will possess:

  • an advanced level of theoretical and technical knowledge related to the practice of leadership particular to the management and governance of a complex religious, non-profit, ministry enterprise;
  • an advanced understanding of the principles of inquiry and methods applicable to leadership theory and their application to real-world ministry practice.
Skills

Graduates will demonstrate advanced, specialised cognitive and technical skills in leadership within a ministry-related body of knowledge, so that they are able independently to:

  • analyse critically, evaluate, and adapt information to complete a range of activities associated with leadership in a ministry related context;
  • analyse, generate and provide solutions to complex problems to guide the effective governance, management and operations of a religious, non-profit, community organization;
  • transmit knowledge, skills and ideas through coherent and sustained leadership to specialist and non-specialist audiences.
 Applications of Knowledge and Skills

Graduates will possess the ability to:

  • apply knowledge and skills in a way that demonstrates autonomy, well developed judgment, adaptability, and responsibility as leaders in religious, non-profit, community-focused enterprises;
  • plan and execute an advanced research or field-based project in an area of work-based leadership.
Articulation to Other Awards

Students are eligible to articulate to the Master of Leadership on completion of which students are required to surrender their Graduate Diploma.

Academic regulations for the Graduate Diploma of Leadership
  1. Admission to Candidature

1.1    An applicant for admission to candidature for the Graduate Diploma of Leadership shall:

1.1.1    hold a three year AQF 7 award in the field of philosophy and  religious studies (Australian Standard Classification of Education field 0917 – Philosophy and Religious Studies) from an accredited Australian tertiary institution; or

1.1.2    hold, from a university or other tertiary institution, qualifications approved by the Student Support and Administration Committee as equivalent to such an award.

1.2  Notwithstanding the provisions of this regulation the Student Support and Administration Committee may require an applicant to demonstrate fitness for admission as a candidate for this degree by carrying out such work and/or sitting for such examinations as the Student Support and Administration Committee may determine.

1.3     In exceptional cases an applicant may be admitted as a candidate for a Graduate Diploma of Leadership if the applicant submits evidence of other academic and professional attainments to the Student Support and Administration Committee.

1.4     A Candidate for the award shall be designated as full-time or part-time. A student is designated as a full-time if enrolled in three units (27 cps) or more in a semester or part-time if enrolled in less than three units (27 cps) per semester.

1.5     No candidate for the award may be concurrently enrolled in any other undergraduate or postgraduate course within the Sydney College of Divinity or any other tertiary institution, unless approval has been granted by the Academic Board.

1.6     Applicants whose entry qualifications were obtained in an institution where English is not the language of instruction normally will be required to demonstrate competency in English by an IELTS (or equivalent) result of 7.0 in all bands of the test and may be required to attend such English language courses as prescribed by the Sydney College of Divinity.

1.7     Application for enrolment in the Graduate Diploma of Leadership program is made to the Registrar of the appropriate Teaching Body offering the program.

  1. Course Structure

2.1    The Graduate Diploma of Leadership requires the completion of72 cps (i.e. 8 units) from 8500 and 9600 series units in the SCD Schedule of Units of Study.

2.2    The eight units (72 cps) shall include:

– two compulsory units (18 cps):
P8570 Foundations of Christian Leadership
P8584 Non-Profit Governance for Ministry

* If either of the two compulsory units have been completed in the award used for admission into the Graduate Diploma of Leadership, they are to be replaced with one or two elective units respectively 

– two core units (18 cps) taken from the list of approved Master of Leadership core units

– four elective units from the 8500 and 9600 series in the SCD Schedule of Units (36 cps)

2.3    A specialisation comprises 4 units (36 cps) from a list of units approved by the Academic Board.

  1. Period of Candidature

3.1     The period of candidature for the degree shall normally be 1 year (2 semesters) full time and up to 3 years (6 semesters) part-time.

3.2     In certain circumstances the Student Support and Administration Committee may grant extensions to the period of candidature.

  1. Leave of Absence

4.1    The Student Support and Administration Committee may grant leave of absence from the Graduate Diploma of Leadership. The period of leave shall not be counted as part of the period of candidature for the degree.

4.2    The period of leave shall normally be one semester after which a candidate may apply for a further period of one semester or will be required to complete candidature.

  1. Assessment

5.1    The assessment of course units shall be in the manner approved by the Academic Board in line with the College’s established guidelines

5.2    Students may be required by the Academic Board to present themselves for oral examination.

5.3    Academic and non-academic misconduct will be penalised in accordance with the regulations of the Sydney College of Divinity, whose stipulations are rigorous.

  1. Credit and Recognised Prior Learning

6.1    A candidate may seek credit for previous accredited study and or Recognised Prior Learning up to a maximum of 18 cps in the Graduate Diploma of Leadership.

6.2    Credit can be granted only from units at graduate level where the outcomes, content, demand hours and assessment are equivalent to those of existing SCD units.

6.3    Credit for Recognised Prior Learning can be granted subject to a successful application.

  1. Saving Clause

7.1    Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained herein, the Academic Board of the Sydney College of Divinity may, in any case in which it may deem it appropriate to do so, vary, dispense with or suspend any requirement or prescription by these regulations, and report forthwith to the Council of the Sydney College of Divinity.


GradDipProfSupervision Award Summary

Graduate Diploma of Professional Supervision (GradDipProfSupervision)

 AQF Level 8 Graduate Diploma

Entry Requirements : An AQF Level 8 award Graduate Certificate in Pastoral Supervision

Duration : 0.5 year (1 semester) full-time or 2 years (4 semesters) part-time.

Mode : Full-time, part-time.

Structure : Four units (36 credit points) including two compulsory units (18 credit points), one core unit (9 credit points) in the sub-discipline of Counselling taken from the SCD Register of Units, one unit (9 credit points) focused on supervisory practice in the context of the candidate’s place of work, ministry or mission.

English Proficiency : Applicants whose entry qualifications were obtained in an institution where English is not the language of instruction normally require a minimum IELTS (or equivalent) score of 7.0 in all bands of the test.

Enrolment

The GradDipProfSupervision is offered through the colleges. Details are available from the college offering the course.

Contact the Registrar of one of the following college:

  • Australian College of Ministries
Graduate Profile and Rationale

The Graduate Diploma of Professional Supervision is designed for those possessing an AQF 8 Graduate Certificate in Supervision who wish to pursue a further qualification in the area of supervisory practice as part of their continuing education.

The Graduate Diploma of Professional Supervision focusses on building supervisory leadership capacity for people involved in a wide scope of religious and/or, non-profit and/or, community-focused enterprises. Students may be working for denominationally based organisations in education, welfare, aged care, local church or other ministries requiring specific leadership training for ministry or mission.

Outcomes

Graduates will have added particular knowledge and skills in leadership to their theological education to enhance their work in the religious sector:

Knowledge

Graduates will possess:

  • specialised theoretical and technical knowledge related to the practice of professional supervision to aid in the development of high quality, ethical and safe practitioners in ministry, community work and allied people helping professions.
  • an advanced and integrated understanding of the principles of inquiry and methods applicable to supervision theory and their application to real-world professional practice.
Skills

Graduates will demonstrate specialised cognitive and technical skills in leadership within a ministry-related body of knowledge, so that they are able independently to:

  • analyse critically, reflect on and synthesise complex problems, concepts and theories information to complete a range of activities associated with supervision in a ministry related context;
  • research and apply established theories to provide solutions to complex problems to guide the effective supervision of employees or volunteers in a religious, non-profit, community organisation;
  • interpret and transmit knowledge, skills and ideas through coherent and sustained leadership to specialist and non-specialist audiences.
Applications of Knowledge and Skills

Graduates will possess the ability to:

  • apply knowledge and skills in a way that demonstrates autonomy, well developed judgment, adaptability, and responsibility assume and effective supervisors in religious, non-profit, and/or community-focused enterprises;
  • plan and execute a substantial research or field-based project in an area of work-based supervisory practice.
 Academic regulations for the Graduate Diploma of Professional Supervision
  1. Admission to Candidature

1.1      An applicant for admission to candidature for the Graduate Diploma of Professional Supervision shall:

1.1.1      hold an AQF Level 8 Graduate Certificate in Pastoral Supervision from an accredited Australian tertiary institution; or

1.1.2      hold, from a university or other tertiary institution, qualifications approved by the Student Support and Administration Committee as equivalent to such an award.

1.2      Notwithstanding the provisions of this regulation the Student Support and Administration Committee may require an applicant to demonstrate fitness for admission as a candidate for this degree by carrying out such work and/or sitting for such examinations as the Student Support and Administration Committee may determine.

1.3      In exceptional cases an applicant may be admitted as a candidate for a Graduate Diploma of Professional Supervision if the applicant submits evidence of other academic and professional attainments to the Student Support and Administration Committee.

1.4      A Candidate for the award shall be designated as full-time or part-time. A student is designated as a full-time if enrolled in three units (27 cps) or more in a semester or part-time if enrolled in less than three units (27 cps) per semester.

1.5      No candidate for the award may be concurrently enrolled in any other undergraduate or postgraduate course within the Sydney College of Divinity or any other tertiary institution, unless approval has been granted by the Academic Board.

1.6      Applicants whose entry qualifications were obtained in an institution where English is not the language of instruction normally will be required to demonstrate competency in English by an IELTS (or equivalent) result of 7.0 in all bands of the test and may be required to attend such English language courses as prescribed by the Sydney College of Divinity.

1.7      Application for enrolment in the Graduate Diploma of Professional Supervision program is made to the Registrar of the appropriate Teaching Body offering the program.

  1. Course Structure

2.1      The Graduate Diploma of Professional Supervision degree requires candidates to complete 36 cps (i.e. 4 units) from 8500 and 9600 series units in the SCD Schedule of Units of Study.

2.2      The four units (36 cps) shall include:

– two compulsory units* (18 cps):
C8549 Human Sexuality in Helping Professions
P9689 Advanced Skills in Professional Supervision

* If either of the two compulsory units have been completed in the award used for admission into the Graduate Diploma of Professional Supervision they are to be replaced with one or two elective units respectively 

– one unit (9 cps) from the Counselling sub discipline on the list of SCD Schedule of Units.

– one unit (9 cps) focused on research into supervisory practice in the context of a place of work, ministry or mission through a capstone unit, research project, research essay, or action research project.

2.3      The Course must include at least one 9600-series unit.

2.4       Units from the entry Graduate Certificate if equivalent, to units required for the award will be included in the forming of a specialisation (54 cps) within the Graduate Diploma of Professional Supervision.

2.5       Candidates who have previously studied an SCD Course may not enrol in units with content similar to those covered in their previous studies.

  1. Period of Candidature

3.1      The period of candidature for the degree shall normally be 1 year (2 semesters) full-time, or up to 3 years (6 semesters) part-time.

3.2      In certain circumstances the Student Support and Administration Committee may grant extensions to the period of candidature.

  1. Leave of Absence

4.1      The Student Support and Administration Committee may grant leave of absence from the Graduate Diploma of Professional Supervision. The period of leave shall not be counted as part of the period of candidature for the degree.

4.2      The period of leave shall normally be one semester after which a candidate may apply for a further period of one semester or will be required to complete candidature.

  1. Assessment

5.1      The assessment of course units shall be in the manner approved by the Academic Board in line with the College’s established guidelines.

5.2      Students may be required by the Academic Board to present themselves for oral examination.

5.3      Academic and non-academic misconduct will be penalised in accordance with the regulations of the Sydney College of Divinity, whose stipulations are rigorous.

  1. Credit and Recognised Prior Learning

6.1      A candidate may seek credit for previous accredited study and/or Recognised Prior Learning up to a maximum of 18 cps in the Graduate Diploma of Professional Supervision but not the compulsory units.

6.2      Credit may be granted only from units at graduate level where the outcomes, content, demand hours and assessment are equivalent to those of existing SCD units.

6.3      Credit for Recognised Prior Learning may be granted subject to a successful application.

  1. Saving Clause

7.1      Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained herein, the Academic Board of the Sydney College of Divinity may, in any case in which it may deem it appropriate to do so, vary, dispense with or suspend any requirement or prescription by these regulations, and report forthwith to the Council of the Sydney College of Divinity.


 

GradDipThSt Award Summary

Graduate Diploma of Theological Studies (GradDipThSt)

AQF Level 8 Graduate Diploma

Entry Requirements : A three-year AQF Level 7 award or equivalent in any discipline. Students with an SCD Graduate Certificate in Theological Studies may enter the program. To receive the award students are required to complete a further 36 credit points (4 units), and surrrender the SCD GradCertThSt upon graduation.

Duration : 1 year (2 semesters) full-time or 3 years (6 semesters) part time.

Mode : Full-time, part-time

Structure : 72 credit points (8 units).
The course may be taken with at least one specialisation from the disciplines of Theology or Biblical Studies.
A specialisation in the GradDipThSt comprises of 36 credit points in one of the two aforementioned disciplines with at least one 9600-series unit.

Exit Point : Graduate Certificate in Theological Studies (36 credit points)

English Proficiency : Applicants whose entry qualifications were obtained in an institution where English is not the language of instruction normally require a minimum IELTS (or equivalent) score of 7.0 in all bands of the test.

Enrolment

The GradDipThSt is offered through individual colleges. Details are available from the colleges offering the course.

Contact the Registrar of one of the following colleges:

  • Australian College of Christian Studies
  • Australian College of Ministries
  • Catholic Institute of Sydney
  • Nazarene Theological College
  • NSW College of Clinical Pastoral Education
  • St Andrew’s Greek Orthodox Theological College
  • St Cyril’s Coptic Orthodox Theological College
Graduate Profile and Rationale

The Graduate Diploma of Theological Studies is designed for those who hold a three-year undergraduate tertiary qualification in a non-theological discipline and who wish to pursue a graduate qualification in theology and its associated disciplines, specifically those of Theology and Biblical Studies. Students will be able to critically engage Christian thought and traditions, enhance their professional works and give expression to insights for Christian living.

The Graduate Diploma of Theological Studies focuses on introducing students to two core theological disciplines (Theology and Biblical Studies) equipping them with foundational knowledge for further study in these two areas.

Outcomes

Graduates will have:

Knowledge

an advanced understanding, within a coherent body of knowledge, specifically in the two core disciplines of Theology and Biblical Studies; this may include the acquisition and application of knowledge and skills in a new or existing discipline or professional area.

Skills

Cognitive and technical skills in the two core disciplines of Theology and Biblical Studies, so as to be able independently to:

  • review, reflect on, and synthesize theological information and identify and provide resources towards complex problems
  • think critically and evaluate complex ideas
  • apply specialised and creative skills for Christian living and ministry
  • research, analyse and communicate theologically related ideas to a variety of audiences.
Applications of Knowledge and Skills

the ability to:

  • make high level, independent and theologically informed judgements
  • plan and evaluate activities and projects within a particular ministry setting
  • identify ways that this body of knowledge relates to Christian living and / or ministry.
Articulation into Other Awards

Students are eligible to articulate to the Master of Theological Studies offered by the Sydney College of Divinity, on completion of which students are required to surrender their SCD GradDipThSt.

Academic regulations for the Graduate Diploma of Theological Studies
  1. Admission to Candidature

1.1    An applicant for admission to candidature for a Graduate Diploma of Theological Studies shall:

1.1.1    Have qualified for admission to a three-year AQF Level 7 award from an accredited Australian tertiary institution; or

1.1.2    hold, from a university or other tertiary institution, qualifications approved by the Student Support and Administration Committee as equivalent to such an award; OR

1.1.3    hold an SCD Graduate Certificate in Theological Studies: to receive the award a student is required to complete a further 36 credit points (4 units), and surrender the SCD GradCertThSt upon graduation.

1.2    Notwithstanding the provisions of this regulation the Student Support and Administration Committee may require an applicant to demonstrate fitness for admission as a candidate for this diploma by carrying out such work and/or sitting for such examinations as the Student Support and Administration Committee may determine

1.3    In exceptional cases an applicant may be admitted as a candidate for a Graduate Diploma of Theological Studies if the applicant submits evidence of other academic and professional attainments to the Student Support and Administration Committee.

1.4    A Candidate for the award shall be designated as full-time or part-time. A student is designated as a full-time if enrolled in three units (27 credit points) or more in a semester or part-time if enrolled in less than three units (27 credit points) per semester.

1.5    No candidate for the award may be concurrently enrolled in any other undergraduate or postgraduate course within the Sydney College of Divinity or any other tertiary institution, unless approval has been granted by the Academic Board.

1.6   Applicants whose entry qualifications were obtained in an institution where English is not the language of instruction normally will be required to demonstrate competency in English by an IELTS (or equivalent) result of 7.0 in all bands of the test and may be required to attend such English language courses as prescribed by the Sydney College of Divinity.

  1. Course Structure

2.1    The Graduate Diploma of Theological Studies requires the completion of 8 units.

2.2    Four core units will be taken from the disciplines of Theology and Biblical Studies.

2.3    All course units shall be taken from the Schedule of Units of Study in the 8500 and 9600 series.

2.4    The course may be taken with a specialisation in Theology or Biblical Studies. A specialisation in the GradDipThSt comprises 36 credit points in the respective disciplines with at least one 9600-series unit.

2.5    Students who enter the program from a BTh, BMin, MDiv equivalent course cannot enrol in units with content similar to those covered in their earlier studies.

  1. Period of Candidature

3.1    The period of candidature for the diploma shall normally be 1 year full time (2 semesters) and up to 3 years (6 semesters) part-time.

3.2    In certain circumstances the Student Support and Administration Committee may grant extensions to the period of candidature.

  1. Leave of Absence

4.1    The Student Support and Administration Committee may grant leave of absence from the Graduate Certificate in Theological Studies. The period of leave shall not be counted as part of the period of candidature for the award.

4.2    The period of leave shall normally be one semester after which a candidate may apply for a further period of one semester or will be required to complete candidature.

  1. Assessment

5.1    The assessment of course units shall be in the manner approved by the Academic Board in line with the College’s established guidelines

5.2    Students may be required by the Academic Board to present themselves for oral examination.

5.3    Academic and non-academic misconduct will be penalised in accordance with the regulations of the Sydney College of Divinity, whose stipulations are severe.

  1. Credit

6.1    A candidate may seek credit up to a maximum of 36 credit points in the Graduate Diploma of Theological Studies. Credit can be granted only from Bible and Theology units at graduate level where the outcomes, content, demand hours and assessment are equivalent to that of units in the SCD award.

  1. Saving Clause

7.1   Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained herein, the Academic Board of the Sydney College of Divinity may, in any case in which it may deem it appropriate to do so, vary, dispense with or suspend any requirement or prescription by these regulations, and report forthwith to the Council of the Sydney College of Divinity.


 

MA Award Summary

Master of Arts (MA)
CRICOS : 063708J

 

AQF Level 9 Masters Degree (Coursework)

Entry Requirements : An AQF Level 7 or Level 8 award in the discipline of Theology or  Ministry.

Duration :
Category 1: For candidates holding an AQF Level 8 award in Theology or Ministry – 1 year (2 semesters) full-time or 3 years (6 semesters) part-time.
Category 2: For candidates with an AQF Level 7 award in Theology or Ministry – 1.5 years (3 semesters) full-time or 4.5 years (9 semesters) part-time.

Mode : Full-time, part-time.
International students on an Australian Student Visa are required to study full-time.

Structure :
Category 1: 72 credit points (8 units);
Category 2: 108 credit points (12 units).

The course may be taken with or without a specialisation.

A specialisation in the MA (1.5 years) comprises 54 credit points in a discipline or sub discipline with at least two 9600-series units. If an MA -1 year, the Grad Cert entry award units could be used towards the 54 credit points required for the specialisation.

The MA has nested within it the Graduate Certificate in Arts and the Graduate Diploma of Arts:

  • GradCertArts requires 36 credit points
  • GradDipArts requires 72 credit points

Exit Point : Graduate Certificate in Arts (36 credit points);
Graduate Diploma of Arts (72 credit points);
Master of Arts (72 credit points following an AQF Level 8 award in Theology or Ministry 108 credit points following an  AQF Level 7 award in Theology or Ministry)

English Proficiency : Applicants whose entry qualifications were obtained in an institution where English is not the language of instruction normally require a minimum IELTS (or equivalent) score of 7.0 in all bands of the test.

Enrolment

The MA is offered through individual colleges. Details are available from the colleges offering the course.

Contact the Registrar of one of the following Teaching Bodies:

  • Australian College of Christian Studies
  • Australian College of Ministries
  • Catholic Institute of Sydney
  • Nazarene Theological College
  • New South Wales College of Clinical Pastoral Education
  • St Andrew’s Greek Orthodox Theological College
  • St Cyril’s Coptic Orthodox Theological College

International students planning to study on an Australian Student Visa should contact the Registrar of one of the following Teaching Bodies :

  • Australian College of Christian Studies
  • Catholic Institute of Sydney
  • Nazarene Theological College
Graduate Profile and Rationale

The Master of Arts course is designed for those who hold a tertiary qualification in a theological discipline who wish to pursue a further qualification in theology as part of their continuing education for ministry. The award provides a study of theological and related disciplines through a structure of specialisations and sub-specialisations.  The sub-disciplines and corresponding specialisations and sub-specialisations are:

Discipline Sub-disciplines Concentrations
Specialisations
Sub-specialisations
Biblical Studies Biblical Studies (B) Biblical Studies
Christian Life & Ministry Christian Spirituality (S)
Worship & Liturgy (L)
Mission (M)
Pastoral Counselling (C)
Christian Ethics (E)
Pastoral Theology (P)
Christian Spirituality
Worship & Liturgy
Mission
Pastoral Counselling
Christian Ethics
Pastoral Theology
Leadership
Chaplaincy
Supervision
Christian Life & Ministry  [Discipline]
Humanities in Christian Tradition Church History (H)
Philosophy (W)
Theological Education (D) 
Church History
Philosophy
Theological Education
Humanities in Christian Tradition [Discipline] (specialisations and sub- specialisations not to include A units)
Theology      Theology (T) Theology
Outcomes

Graduates will have specialised knowledge and skills for research, and/or professional practice and/or further learning and the ability to apply such knowledge and skills in a theologically-related area, as they acquire:

Knowledge
  • an integrated understanding of an advanced body of knowledge in one or more theologically related disciplines or areas of practice, including recent developments in the theological disciplines and/or their practice
  • understanding of research principles and methods applicable to these theological disciplines and their practice
Skills
  • expert, specialized cognitive and technical skills in a theologically-related body of knowledge, so that they are able independently to:
  • analyse critically, reflect on and synthesize complex information, problems, concepts and theories associated with a theologically-related body of knowledge
  • research and apply established theories to a theologically-related body of knowledge or practice
  • interpret and transmit knowledge, skills and ideas through coherent and sustained argument to specialist and non-specialist audiences in relation to a theologically-related body of knowledge
Applications of Knowledge and Skills
  • the ability to
    • apply knowledge and skills in a way that demonstrates autonomy, expert judgment, adaptability, and accountability as a practitioner and/or learner in relation to the inter-dependent building up of the church and good of the wider community.
    • plan and execute a research-based project, and/or piece of scholarship in an area of theology.
Academic regulations for the Master of Arts

1.   Admission to Candidature

1.1    Applicants for admission to candidature for a degree of Master of Arts will be classified into one of two categories:

1.1.1    those who have completed an AQF Level 8 award in the discipline of Theology or Ministry (Category 1), or

1.1.2    those who have completed an AQF Level 7 award in Theology or Ministry from an accredited Australian tertiary institution, or hold, from a university or other tertiary institution, qualifications approved by the Student Support and Support and Administration Committee as equivalent to such an award (Category 2);

1.1.2.1    Applicants in Category 1 will be required to complete 72 credit points (8 units).

1.1.2.1   Applicants in Category 2 will be required to complete 108 credit points (12 units).

1.2    Applicants who hold a Vocational Graduate Diploma (VET accredited) or a hold a Vocational Graduate Certificate (VET accredited) may be granted provisional admission into Category 2.

1.3    Notwithstanding the provisions of this regulation the Student Support and Administration Committee may require an applicant to demonstrate fitness for admission as a candidate for a degree of Master by carrying out such work and/or sitting for such examinations as the Student Support and Administration Committee may determine.

1.4    In exceptional cases an applicant may be admitted as a candidate for a degree of Master if the applicant submits evidence of other academic and professional attainments to the Student Support and Administration Committee.

1.5    A candidate for the award shall be designated as full-time or part-time. A student is designated as a full-time if enrolled in three units (27 credit points) or more in a semester or part-time if enrolled in less than three units (27 credit points) per semester.

1.6    No candidate for the award may be concurrently enrolled in any other undergraduate or postgraduate course within the Sydney College of Divinity or any other tertiary institution, unless approval has been granted by the Academic Board.

1.7    Applicants whose entry qualifications were obtained in an institution where English is not the language of instruction normally will be required to demonstrate competency in English by an IELTS (or equivalent) result of 7.0 in all bands of the test and may be required to attend such English language courses as prescribed by the Sydney College of Divinity.

1.8    Application for enrolment in the Master of Arts program is made to the Registrar of the appropriate Teaching Body offering the program.

2.    Course Structure

2.1    The Master of Arts degree requires candidates to complete credit points as follows:

2.1.1    Those in Category 1 are required to complete 72 credit points in units whose content is not similar to those covered in their previous studies;

2.1.2    Those in Category 2 are required to complete 108 credit points in units whose content is not similar to those covered in their previous studies.

2.2    The course may be taken with or without a specialisation.

A specialisation in the MA (1.5 years) comprises 54 credit points in a discipline or sub-discipline with at least two 9600-series units.

A specialisation in a discipline requires 54 credit points from the discipline, with at least 27 credit points in one subdiscipline, with a minimum of 18 credit points from 9600 series units.

A specialisation in a subdiscipline requires 54 credit points from the subdiscipline, with a minimum of 18 credit points from 9600 series units.

For a specialisation in the MA -1 year, the Grad Cert entry award units could be used towards the 54 credit points required for the specialisation.

2.3    All course units shall be taken from 8500 and 9600 series units in the Schedule of Units of Study.

2.4    The course shall include at least one Generic Research unit – a Research Essay (18cps – 10,000-12,000 words in length and written in the area of specialisation under supervision) and / or a Research Project with a professional focus (9 or if 18cps – 10,000-12,000 words in length and written in the area of specialisation under supervision))and / or a Capstone unit as found in the SCD Schedule of Units of Study. Each student enrolled in a Research Project or Research Essay must complete a 8500-series Research Methodology unit (9 credit points) which can be completed before or concurrently with the Research Project or Essay;

2.5    A candidate may take a maximum of 36 credit points in units listed as Generic (Research) units in the Schedule of Units of Study with a maximum of 18 credit points in Independent Guided Study units, 18 credit points in Research Project units, and 18 credit points as a Research Essay. Students who transfer from the MA to either the MDiv or the MTh cannot exceed this limit in total across both programs.

2.6    A candidate whose admission or provisional admission has been granted on the basis of a Vocational Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate must complete the unit A8501 Critical Thinking and Writing during the first enrolment period.

2.7    Candidates wishing to proceed to the degree of Master of Philosophy must include one 18 credit point research unit at Distinction level.

3.   Period of Candidature

3.1    The period of candidature for the degree shall normally be:

3.1.1    Category 1: 1 years (2 semesters) full-time, or up to 3 years (6 semesters) part-time.

3.1.2    Category 2: 1.5 years (3 semesters) full-time, or up to 4.5 years (9 semesters) part-time.

3.2    In certain circumstances the Student Support and Administration Committee may grant extensions to the period of candidature.

4.   Leave of Absence

4.1    The Student Support and Administration Committee may grant leave of absence from the award. The period of leave shall not be counted as part of the period of candidature for the degree.

4.2    The period of leave shall normally be one semester after which a candidate may apply for a further period of one semester or will be required to complete candidature.

5.   Assessment

5.1    The assessment of subject units shall be in the manner approved by the Academic Board in line with the College’s established guidelines for assessment packages for units

5.2    Students may be required by the Academic Board to present themselves for oral examination.

5.3    Academic and non-academic misconduct will be penalised in accordance with the regulations of the Sydney College of Divinity, whose stipulations are severe.

6.   Credits

6.1    A candidate may seek credit up to a maximum of 54 credit points in the Master of Arts (1.5 years) and 36 credit points in the Master of Arts (1 year). Credit can be granted only from units at graduate level where the outcomes, content, demand hours and assessment are equivalent to that of units in the SCD award.

7.  Saving Clause

7.1    Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained herein, the Academic Board of the Sydney College of Divinity may, in any case in which it may deem it appropriate to do so, vary, dispense with or suspend any requirement or prescription by these regulations, and report forthwith to the Council of the Sydney College of Divinity.


 

MLead Award Summary

Master of Leadership (MLead)

 

AQF Level 9 Master Degree (Coursework)

Entry Requirements : An AQF Level 8 award (Graduate Certificate) in the field of religion and philosophy (Australian Standard Classification of Education field 0917 – Philosophy and Religious Studies).

Duration : 1 year (2 semesters) full-time or 3 years (6 semesters) part-time.

Mode : Full-time, part-time.

Structure : Eight units (72 credit points) including two compulsory units (18 credit points), three core units (27 credit points) taken from the list of approved Master of Leadership specialist units, one unit (9 credit points) focused on leadership practice in the context of the candidate’s place of work, ministry or mission and two elective units (18 credit points).

The course may be taken with or without a specialisation.

A specialisation in the Master of Leadership comprises 54 credit points in the discipline of Christian Life and Ministry or one of its sub disciplines with at least two 9600-series units. The Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma entry award units may be used towards the 54 credit points required for the specialisation.

Exit Point  : Master of Leadership (72 credit points) or Graduate Certificate in Leadership (36 credit points).

English Proficiency : Applicants whose entry qualifications were obtained in an institution where English is not the language of instruction normally require a minimum IELTS (or equivalent) score of 7.0 in all bands of the test.

Enrolment

The MLead is offered through individual colleges. Details are available from the colleges offering the course.

Contact the Registrar of one of the following Teaching Bodies:

  • Australian College of Christian Studies
  • Australian College of Ministries
  • Catholic Institute of Sydney
  • Nazarene Theological College
  • Saint Andrew’s Greek Orthodox Theological College
  • Saint Cyril’s Coptic Orthodox Theological College
Graduate Profile and Rationale

The Master of Leadership is designed for those possessing a Graduate Certificate in the field of philosophy and studies in religion who wish to pursue a further qualification in an area of leadership focus as part of their continuing education for ministry.

The Master of Leadership focusses on building leadership capacity for people involved in a wide scope of religious, non-profit, community-focused enterprises. Students may be working for denominationally based organisations in education, welfare, aged care, local church or other ministries requiring specific leadership training for ministry or mission.

Outcomes

Graduates will have specialised knowledge and skills for further learning in professional practice and research and the ability to apply such knowledge and skills in a ministry leadership-related area:

Knowledge

Graduates will possess:

  • an integrated understanding of an advanced body of knowledge related to the practice of leadership particular to the management and governance of a complex religious, non-profit, ministry enterprise;
  • an expert understanding of the principles of inquiry and methods applicable to leadership theory and their application to real-world ministry practice.
Skills

Graduates will demonstrate expert, specialised cognitive and technical skills in leadership within a ministry-related body of knowledge, so that they are able independently to:

  • analyse critically, reflect on, and synthesise complex information, problems, concepts and theories associated with leadership in a ministry related context;
  • implement with discrimination established leadership theories to provide solutions for the effective governance, management and operations of a religious, non-profit, community organization;
  • interpret and transmit knowledge, skills and ideas through coherent and sustained leadership to specialist and non-specialist audiences.
Applications of Knowledge and Skills

Graduates will possess the ability to:

  • apply knowledge and skills in a way that demonstrates initiative, autonomy, expert judgment, adaptability, and accountability as leaders of religious, non-profit, community-focused enterprises;
  • plan and execute a substantial research or field-based project in an area of work-based leadership.
Academic Regulations for the Master of Leadership
  1. Admission to Candidature

1.1    An applicant for admission to candidature for a degree of Master of Leadership shall:

1.1.1     hold an AQF Level 8 award (Graduate Certificate) in the field of religion and philosophy (Australian Standard Classification of Education field 0917 – Philosophy and Religious Studies); or

1.1.2     hold, from a university or other tertiary institution, qualifications approved by the Student Support and Administration Committee as equivalent to the requirements set out in the paragraphs above.

1.2    Notwithstanding the provisions of this regulation the Student Support and Administration Committee may require an applicant to demonstrate fitness for admission as a candidate for a degree of Master by carrying out such work and/or sitting for such examinations as the Student Support and Administration Committee may determine.

1.3    In exceptional cases an applicant may be admitted as a candidate for a degree of Master of Leadership on the basis of evidence of other academic and professional attainments to be submitted to the Student Support and Administration Committee.

1.4    A candidate for the award shall be designated as full-time or part-time. A student is designated as a full-time if enrolled in three units (27 cps) or more per  semester or part-time if enrolled in less than three units (27 cps) per semester.

1.5    No candidate for the award may be concurrently enrolled in any other undergraduate or postgraduate course within the Sydney College of Divinity or any other tertiary institution, unless approval has been granted by the Academic Board.

1.6    Applicants whose entry qualifications were obtained in an institution where English is not the language of instruction will normally be required to demonstrate competency in English by an IELTS (or equivalent) result of 7.0 in all bands of the test and may be required to attend such English language courses as prescribed by the Sydney College of Divinity.

1.7    Application for enrolment in the Master of Leadership program is made to the Registrar of the appropriate Teaching Body offering the program.

  1. Course Structure

2.1    The Master of Leadership degree requires candidates to complete 72 cps (i.e. 8 units) from 8500 and 9600 series units in the SCD Schedule of Units of Study.

2.2    The eight units (72 cps) shall include:

two compulsory units* (18 cps):
– P8570 Foundations of Christian Leadership
– P8584 Non-Profit Governance for Ministry

* If either of the two compulsory units have been completed in the award used for admission into the Master of Leadership, they are to be replaced with one or two elective units respectively 

three core units (27 cps) from the list of approved Master of Leadership core units (Schedule 1)

one Leadership Practice unit (9 or 18 cps) focused on leadership practice in the context of a place of work, ministry or mission through research, self-guided study, or field study (this may be a capstone unit, research project, research essay, independent guided study, site visit, field placement or action research project) from the list in Schedule 1

elective units from the 8500 and 9600 series in the SCD Schedule of Units to complete the 72 cps required for the award

2.3    The program must include at least two 9600-series units.

2.4    A specialisation is based on a list of approved units approved by the Academic Board and may vary from time-to-time

2.5     Units from the entry Graduate Certificate (or Graduate Diploma) if equivalent, to units required for the award may be considered for inclusion as core units and in the forming of any specialisation (54 cps, including at least 2×9600 level units) or sub-specialisation (36 cps) within the Master of Leadership.

2.6     Candidates who have previously studied a BTh/BMin or equivalent may not enrol in units with content similar to those covered in their previous studies.

  1. Period of Candidature

3.1    The period of candidature for the degree shall normally be 1 year (2 semesters) full-time, or up to 3 years (6 semesters) part-time.

3.2    In certain circumstances the Student Support and Administration Committee may grant extensions to the period of candidature.

  1. Leave of Absence

4.1    The Student Support and Administration Committee may grant leave of absence from the award. The period of leave shall not be counted as part of the period of candidature for the degree.

4.2    The period of leave shall normally be one semester after which a candidate may apply for a further period of one semester or will be required to cease  candidature.

  1. Assessment

5.1    The assessment of subject units shall be in the manner approved by the Academic Board in line with the College’s established guidelines

5.2    Students may be required by the Academic Board to present themselves for oral examination.

5.3    Academic and non-academic misconduct will be penalised in accordance with the regulations of the Sydney College of Divinity, whose stipulations are rigorous.

  1. Credit and Recognised Prior Learning

6.1    A candidate may seek credit for previous accredited study and/or Recognised Prior Learning up to a maximum of 18 cps in the Master of Leadership.

6.2    Credit can be granted only from units at graduate level where the outcomes, content, demand hours and assessment are equivalent to those of existing SCD units.

6.3    Credit for Recognised Prior Learning can be granted subject to a successful application.

  1. Saving Clause

7.1    Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained herein, the Academic Board of the Sydney College of Divinity may, in any case in which it may deem it appropriate to do so, vary, dispense with or suspend any requirement or prescription by these regulations, and report forthwith to the Council of the Sydney College of Divinity.

Schedule 1

Compulsory Units

  • P8570        Foundations of Christian Leadership
  • P8584        Non-Profit Governance for Ministry

Master of Leadership Core Units

  • P8562        Administrative Leadership and Management for Ministry
  • P8572        Spiritual Leadership
  • P8581        Administrative Gifts for Ministry
  • P8583        Working in a Ministry Team Setting
  • P8589        Financial Management for Ministry
  • P9661        Managing Crisis and Conflict in Ministry
  • P9662        Mastering Change in Ministry
  • P9663        Strategic Thinking and Decision Making
  • P9664        Leading the Larger Church
  • P9665        Transformational Leadership in Ministry
  • P9667        Personal Growth for Leadership
  • C8506        Psychology and Leadership
  • S8501        Formation in Christian Leadership
  • S8503        Personal Transformation
  • E9670        Business and Professional Ethics
  • M9685       Cross-Cultural Mission

Leadership Practice Units

Units focused on leadership practice in the context of a place of work, ministry or mission through research, self-guided study, or field study:

  • M8586        Engaging in Inter-Cultural Ministry
  • X8594         Study Tour (or the unit that supersedes this)
  • X9691         Research Project (9cp)
  • X9692         Research Project (18cp)
  • X9693         Independent Guided Study (9cp)
  • X9694         Independent Guided Study (18cp)
  • X9696         Research Essay (18cp)
  • X9697         Seminar (9cp)
  • X9698         Action Research Project (18cp)
  • X9699         Capstone Unit (9cp)

New Course Unit Outlines to be developed and included in this approved list:

  • M9xxx       Community Sector Leadership
  • S9xxx         Social Transformation
  • Bxxxx         Agents of Change: Leadership Themes in the Pastoral Epistles
  • Txxxx         Theological Reflections in Leadership Practice
  • Pxxxx         Risk Management for Non-Profit Organisations (recommended by external consultant)

 

MProfSupervision Award Summary

Master of Professional Supervision (MProfSupervision)

 

AQF Level 9 Master

Entry Requirements : An AQF Level 8 award Graduate Certificate in Pastoral Supervision

Duration : 1 year (2 semesters) full-time or 4 years (8 semesters) part-time.

Mode : Full-time, part-time.

Structure : Eight units (72 credit points) including two compulsory units (18 credit points), three core units (27 credit points) in the sub-discipline of Counselling taken from the SCD Register of Units, one unit (9 credit points) focused on supervisory practice in the context of the candidate’s place of work, ministry or mission and two elective units (18 credit points).

A specialisation in the Master of Professional Supervision  comprises 54 credit points in the sub-discipline of Counselling.  The Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma entry award units may be used towards the 54 credit points required for the specialisation.

English Proficiency : Applicants whose entry qualifications were obtained in an institution where English is not the language of instruction normally require a minimum IELTS (or equivalent) score of 7.0 in all bands of the test.

Enrolment

The MProfSupervision is offered through individual colleges. Details are available from the college offering the course.

Contact the Registrar of  the following college :

  • Australian College of Ministries
Graduate Profile and Rationale

The Master of Professional Supervision is designed for those possessing an AQF 8 Graduate Certificate in Pastoral Supervision who wish to pursue a further qualification in the area of supervisory practice as part of their continuing education.

The Master of Professional Supervision focuses on building supervisory leadership capacity for people involved in a wide scope of religious and/or, non-profit and/or, community-focused enterprises. Students may be working for denominationally based organisations in education, welfare, aged care, local church or other ministries requiring specific leadership training for ministry or mission.

Outcomes

Graduates will have added specialised knowledge and skills in supervisory leadership to their theological education to enhance their work in the religious sector:

Knowledge

Graduates will possess:

  • specialised theoretical and technical knowledge related to the practice of professional supervision to aid in the development of high quality, ethical and safe practitioners in ministry, community work and allied people helping professions;
  • an advanced and integrated understanding of the principles of inquiry and methods applicable to supervision theory and their application to real-world professional practice.
Skills

Graduates will demonstrate specialised cognitive and technical skills in supervisory leadership within a ministry-related body of knowledge, so that they are able independently to:

  • analyse critically, reflect on and synthesise complex problems, concepts and theories information to complete a range of activities associated with supervision in a ministry related context;
  • research and apply established theories to provide solutions to complex problems to guide the effective supervision of employees or volunteers in a religious, non-profit, community organisation;
  • interpret and transmit knowledge, skills and ideas through coherent and sustained leadership to specialist and non-specialist audiences.
Applications of Knowledge and Skills

Graduates will possess the ability to:

  • apply knowledge and skills in a way that demonstrates autonomy, well developed judgment, adaptability, and responsibility as effective supervisors in religious, non-profit, and/or community-focused enterprises;
  • plan and execute a substantial research or field-based project in an area of work-based supervisory practice.
 Academic Regulations for the Master of Professional Supervision
  1. Admission to Candidature

1.1      An applicant for admission to candidature for the Master of Professional Supervision shall:

1.1.1      hold an AQF Level 8 Graduate Certificate in Pastoral Supervision from an accredited Australian tertiary institution; or

1.1.2      hold, from a university or other tertiary institution, qualifications approved by the Student Support and Administration Committee as equivalent to such an award.

1.2      Notwithstanding the provisions of this regulation the Student Support and Administration Committee may require an applicant to demonstrate fitness for admission as a candidate for this degree by carrying out such work and/or sitting for such examinations as the Student Support and Administration Committee may determine.

1.3      In exceptional cases an applicant may be admitted as a candidate for a Master of Professional Supervision if the applicant submits evidence of other academic and professional attainments to the Student Support and Administration Committee.

1.4      A Candidate for the award shall be designated as full-time or part-time. A student is designated as a full-time if enrolled in three units (27 cps) or more in a semester or part-time if enrolled in less than three units (27 cps) per semester.

1.5      No candidate for the award may be concurrently enrolled in any other undergraduate or postgraduate course within the Sydney College of Divinity or any other tertiary institution, unless approval has been granted by the Academic Board.

1.6      Applicants whose entry qualifications were obtained in an institution where English is not the language of instruction normally will be required to demonstrate competency in English by an IELTS (or equivalent) result of 7.0 in all bands of the test and may be required to attend such English language courses as prescribed by the Sydney College of Divinity.

1.7      Application for enrolment in the Master of Professional Supervision program is made to the Registrar of the appropriate Teaching Body offering the program.

  1. Course Structure

2.1      The Master of Professional Supervision degree requires candidates to complete 72 cps (i.e. 8 units) from 8500 and 9600 series units in the SCD Schedule of Units of Study.

2.2      The eight units (72 cps) shall include:

two compulsory units* (18 cps):
– C8549 Human Sexuality in Helping Professions
– P9689 Advanced Skills in Professional Supervision

* If either or both of the two compulsory units have been completed in the award used for admission into the Master of Professional Supervision they are to be replaced with one or two elective units respectively 

three units (27 cps) from the Counselling sub-discipline on the list of SCD Schedule of Units.

one unit (9 or 18 cps) focused on research into supervisory practice in the context of a place of work, ministry or mission through a capstone unit, research project, research essay, or action research project.

elective units from the 8500 and 9600 series in the SCD Schedule of Units to complete the 72 cps required for the award

2.3      The Course must include at least two 9600-series units.

2.4      Students completing the required units will have completed at least 54 credit points in the Counselling sub-discipline thus qualifying for a specialisation in Counselling.

2.5       Units from the entry Graduate Certificate, if equivalent to units required for the award, will be included in the forming of the specialisation (54 cps) within the Master of Professional Supervision.

2.6       Candidates who have previously studied an SCD Course may not enrol in units with content similar to that covered in their previous studies.

  1. Period of Candidature

3.1      The period of candidature for the degree shall normally be 1 year (2 semesters) full-time, or up to 4 years (8 semesters) part-time.

3.2      In certain circumstances the Student Support and Administration Committee may grant extensions to the period of candidature.

  1. Leave of Absence

4.1      The Student Support and Administration Committee may grant leave of absence from the Master of Professional Supervision. The period of leave shall not be counted as part of the period of candidature for the degree.

4.2      The period of leave shall normally be one semester after which a candidate may apply for a further period of one semester or will be required to complete candidature.

  1. Assessment

5.1      The assessment of course units shall be in the manner approved by the Academic Board in line with the College’s established guidelines.

5.2      Students may be required by the Academic Board to present themselves for oral examination.

5.3      Academic and non-academic misconduct will be penalised in accordance with the regulations of the Sydney College of Divinity, whose stipulations are rigorous.

  1. Credit and Recognised Prior Learning

6.1      A candidate may seek credit for previous accredited study and/or Recognised Prior Learning up to a maximum of 36 cps in the Master of Professional Supervision but not for the compulsory units.

6.2      Credit may be granted only from units at graduate level where the outcomes, content, demand hours and assessment are equivalent to those of existing SCD units.

6.3      Credit for Recognised Prior Learning may be granted subject to a successful application.

  1. Saving Clause

7.1      Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained herein, the Academic Board of the Sydney College of Divinity may, in any case in which it may deem it appropriate to do so, vary, dispense with or suspend any requirement or prescription by these regulations, and report forthwith to the Council of the Sydney College of Divinity.


MThSt Award Summary

Master of Theological Studies (MThSt)

 

AQF Level 9 Masters Degree (Coursework) 

Entry Requirements : A Sydney College of Divinity Graduate Certificate in Theological Studies or equivalent.

Duration : 1 year (2 semesters) full-time or 3 years (6 semesters) part time.

Mode : Full-time, part-time

Structure : 72 credit points (i.e. 8 units).
The course will be taken with at least 36 credit points (4 units) from the disciplines of Theology and Biblical Studies.
The course may be taken with at least one specialisation from the disciplines of Theology or Biblical Studies.
A specialisation in the MThSt comprises 54 credit points with at least two 9600-series units. Grad Cert entry award units may be used towards the 54 credit points required for specialisation.
The MThSt has nested within in the Graduate Certificate in Theological Studies and the Graduate Diploma of Theological Studies:

Exit Point : GradDipThSt requires 36 credit points, and the surrender of the SCD GradCertThSt

English Proficiency : Applicants whose entry qualifications were obtained in an institution where English is not the language of instruction normally require a minimum IELTS (or equivalent) score of 7.0 in all bands of the test.

Enrolment

The MThSt is offered through individual colleges. Details are available from the colleges offering the course.

Contact the Registrar of one of the following Teaching Bodies:

  • Australian College of Christian Studies
  • Australian College of Ministries
  • Catholic Institute of Sydney
  • Nazarene Theological College
  • NSW College of Clinical Pastoral Education
  • St Andrew’s Greek Orthodox Theological College
  • St Cyril’s Coptic Orthodox Theological College
Graduate Profile and Rationale

The Master of Theological Studies is designed for those who hold a Graduate Certificate in Theological Studies and who wish to pursue a further qualification in the disciplines of Theology or Biblical Studies as part of their continuing education for ministry.

Outcomes

Graduates will have specialised knowledge and skills for research, and/or professional practice and/or further learning and the ability to apply such knowledge and skills in a theologically-related area:

Knowledge

Graduates will possess:

  • an integrated understanding of an advanced body of knowledge in the disciplines of Theology and Biblical Studies including recent developments in these two disciplines and/or their practice.
  • an understanding of research principles and methods applicable to these theological disciplines and their practice
Skills

Expert, specialised cognitive and technical skills in the two core disciplines of Theology and Biblical Studies, so as to be able independently to:

  • analyse critically, reflect on and synthesise complex information, problems, concepts and theories associated with the two core disciplines of Theology and Biblical Studies
  • research and apply established theories to these two disciplines
  • interpret and transmit knowledge, skills and ideas through coherent and sustained argument to specialist and non-specialist audiences in relation to the disciplines of Theology and Biblical Studies.
Applications of Knowledge and Skills

the ability to:

  • apply knowledge and skills in a way that demonstrates autonomy, expert judgement, adaptability, and accountability as a practitioner and/or learner in relation to the interdependent building of the church and good of the wider community
  • plan and execute a research-based project, and/or piece of scholarship in one of the two core disciplines of Theology and Biblical Studies.
Academic Regulations for the Master of Theological Studies
  1. Admission to Candidature

 1.1    An applicant for admission to candidature for a degree of Master of Theological Studies shall:

1.1.1    Hold a SCD Graduate Certificate in Theological Studies or

1.1.2    hold, from a university or other tertiary institution, qualifications approved by the Student Support and Administration Committee as equivalent to such an award

1.2    Notwithstanding the provisions of this regulation the Student Support and Administration Committee may require an applicant to demonstrate fitness for admission as a candidate for this degree by carrying out such work and/or sitting for such examinations as the Student Support and Administration Committee may determine.

1.3    In exceptional cases an applicant may be admitted as a candidate for a Master of Theological Studies if the applicant submits evidence of other academic and professional attainments to the Student Support and Administration Committee.

1.4    A candidate for the award shall be designated as full-time or part-time. A student is designated as a full-time if enrolled in three units (27 credit points) or more in a semester or part-time if enrolled in less than three units (27 credit points) per semester.

1.5    No candidate for the award may be concurrently enrolled in any other undergraduate or postgraduate course within the Sydney College of Divinity or any other tertiary institution, unless approval has been granted by the Academic Board.

1.6    Applicants whose entry qualifications were obtained in an institution where English is not the language of instruction normally will be required to demonstrate competency in English by an IELTS (or equivalent) result of 7.0 in all bands of the test and may be required to attend such English language courses as prescribed by the Sydney College of Divinity.

  1. Course Structure

2.1    The Master of Theological Studies requires the completion of 8 units (72 credit points) from 8500 and 9600 series units in the SCD Schedule of Units of Study.

2.2    The eight units (72 credit points) will include 4 units from the disciplines of Theology and Biblical Studies.

2.3    The course may include a specialisation which comprises 54 credit points in either Theology or Biblical Studies with at least two 9600-series units. The Grad Cert entry award can be used towards the 54 credit points required for specialisation.

2.4    The course shall include a Generic (Research) unit and / or a Capstone unit and / in either the disciplines of Theology or Biblical Studies as found in the SCD Schedule of Units of Study.

2.5    A candidate may take a maximum of 36 credit points in units listed as Generic (Research) units in the Schedule of Units of Study with a maximum of 18 credit points in Independent Guided Study units, 18 credit points in Research Project units, and 18 credit points as a Research Essay.

2.6    A candidate may include 18 credit points in the Research Essay (10,000-12,000 words in length and written in the area of specialisation under supervision) providing the candidate completes a 8500 Research Methodology unit (9 credit points) before or concurrently with the Research Project.

2.7    Candidates wishing to proceed to the degree of Master of Philosophy must include one 18 credit point research unit at Distinction level.

  1. Period of Candidature

3.1    The period of candidature for the degree shall normally be 1 year full time (2 semesters) and up to 3 years (6 semesters) part-time.

3.2    In certain circumstances the Student Support and Administration Committee may grant extensions to the period of candidature.

  1. Leave of Absence

4.1    The Student Support and Administration Committee may grant leave of absence from the Master of Theological Studies. The period of leave shall not be counted as part of the period of candidature for the degree.

4.2    The period of leave shall normally be one semester after which a candidate may apply for a further period of one semester or will be required to complete candidature.

  1. Assessment

5.1    The assessment of course units shall be in the manner approved by the Academic Board in line with the College’s established guidelines.

5.2    Students may be required by the Academic Board to present themselves for oral examination.

5.3    Academic and non-academic misconduct will be penalised in accordance with the regulations of the Sydney College of Divinity, whose stipulations are severe.

  1. Credit

6.1    A candidate may seek credit up to a maximum of 36 credit points in the Master of Theological Studies. Credit can be granted only from Bible and Theology units at graduate level where the outcomes, content, demand hours and assessment are equivalent to that of units in the SCD award.

  1. Saving Clause

7.1    Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained herein, the Academic Board of the Sydney College of Divinity may, in any case in which it may deem it appropriate to do so, vary, dispense with or suspend any requirement or prescription by these regulations, and report forthwith to the Council of the Sydney College of Divinity.


 

MDiv Award Summary

Master of Divinity (MDiv)
CRICOS : 063710D

 

AQF Level 9 Masters Degree (Extended)

Entry Requirements : A three-year AQF Level 7 award or equivalent in any discipline.

Duration : 3 years full-time, 9 years part-time

Mode : Full-time, part-time.
International students on an Australian Student Visa are required to study full-time.

Structure : 216 credit points.

English Proficiency : Applicants whose entry qualifications were obtained in an institution where English is not the language of instruction normally require a minimum IELTS (or equivalent) score of 7.0 in all bands of the test.

The Master of Divinity course is designed for two categories of candidates:

  1. those who hold a tertiary qualification in a non-theological discipline, who seek a comprehensive education in theology comparable in breadth and depth to the Bachelor of Theology, including a deeper biblical and theological understanding, spiritual formation, and cultural literacy that will prepare them for ordained or other professional ministry in church, parachurch or non-profit organizations, and other similar vocational settings.
  2. those who hold a tertiary qualification in a theological discipline who wish to pursue a graduate qualification in theology as part of their continuing ministerial education.

The award provides a systematic and comprehensive study of theological and related disciplines through a structure of specialisations and sub-specialisations. The sub-disciplines and corresponding specialisations and sub-specialisations are:

Discipline Sub-disciplines Specialisations / Sub-specialisations
Biblical Studies Biblical Studies
Christian Life & Ministry Christian Spirituality (S)
Worship & Liturgy (L)
Mission (M)
Pastoral Counselling (C)
Pastoral Theology (P)
Christian Ethics (E)
Christian Spirituality
Worship & Liturgy
Mission
Pastoral Counselling
Pastoral Theology
Christian Ethics
Christian Life & Ministry  [Discipline]
Humanities in Christian Tradition Church History (H)
Philosophy (W)
Theological Education (D)
Church History
Philosophy
Humanities in Christian Tradition [Discipline] (specialisations and sub- specialisations not to include A units)
Theology Theology
Enrolment

The MDiv is offered through individual colleges. Details are available from the colleges offering the course.

Contact the Registrar of one of the following Teaching Bodies:

  • Australian College of Christian Studies
  • Australian College of Ministries
  • Nazarene Theological College

International students planning to study on an Australian Student Visa should contact the Registrar of one of the following Teaching Bodies :

  • Australian College of Christian Studies
  • Nazarene Theological College
Outcomes

Graduates will have specialised knowledge and skills for research, and/or professional practice and/or further learning and the ability to apply such knowledge and skills in a theologically-related area, as they acquire:

Knowledge
  • an advanced and integrated understanding of an advanced body of knowledge in some theologically related disciplines or areas of practice, including the extended understanding of recent developments in theology and/or theological practice
  • understanding of research principles and methods applicable to theological disciplines and their practice
Skills
  • expert, specialized cognitive and technical skills in a theologically-related body of knowledge, so that they are able independently to:
  • analyse critically, reflect on and synthesize complex information, problems, concepts and theories associated with a theologically-related body of knowledge
  • research and apply established theories to a theologically-related body of knowledge or practice
  • interpret and transmit knowledge, skills and ideas through coherent and sustained argument to specialist and non-specialist audiences in relation to a theologically-related body of knowledge
Applications of Knowledge and Skills
  • the ability to
    • apply knowledge and skills in a way that demonstrates autonomy, expert judgment, adaptability, and accountability as a practitioner or learner in relation to the inter-dependent building up of the church and good of the wider community.
    • plan and execute a substantial research-based project, capstone experience and/or professionally focussed project in an area of theology.
Academic Regulations for the Master of Divinity

1.   Admission to Candidature

1.1   An applicant for admission to candidature for a degree of Master of Divinity shall:

1.1.1   have completed a three-year AQF Level 7 award from an accredited Australian tertiary institution; or

1.1.2   hold, from a university or other tertiary institution, qualifications approved by the Student Support and Administration Committee as equivalent to the requirements set out in the paragraph above; or

1.1.3   hold an SCD Graduate Certificate in Arts: to receive the award the student is required to complete a further 180 credit points (20 units), and hand back the GradCertArts upon graduation; or

1.1.4   hold an SCD Graduate Diploma of Arts: to receive the award the student is required to complete a further 144 credit points (16 units), and hand back the GradDipArts upon graduation; or

1.1.5   hold an SCD Master of Arts (72 /108 credit points): to receive the award the student is required to complete a further 144 /108 credit points respectively, and hand back the MA upon graduation.

1.2   Notwithstanding the provisions of this regulation the Student Support and Administration Committee may require an applicant to demonstrate fitness for admission as a candidate for a degree of Master of Divinity by carrying out such work and/or sitting for such examinations as the Student Support and Administration Committee may determine.

1.3   In exceptional cases an applicant may be admitted as a candidate for a degree of Master of Divinity if the applicant submits evidence of other academic and professional attainments to the Student Support and Administration Committee.

1.4   A candidate for the award shall be designated as full-time or part-time. A student is normally designated as a full-time if enrolled in three units (27 credit points) or more in a semester or part-time if enrolled in less than three units (27 credit points) per semester.

1.5   No candidate for the award may be concurrently enrolled in any other undergraduate or postgraduate course within the Sydney College of Divinity or any other tertiary institution, unless approval has been granted by the Academic Board.

1.6   Applicants whose entry qualifications were obtained in an institution where English is not the language of instruction normally will be required to demonstrate competency in English by an IELTS (or equivalent) result of 7.0 in all bands of the test and may be required to attend such English language courses as prescribed by the Sydney College of Divinity.

1.7   Application for enrolment in the Master of Divinity program is made to the Registrar of the appropriate Teaching Body offering the program.

2.   Course Structure

2.1   Every student program for the award shall consist of no fewer than 216 credit points.

2.2   Every program shall include either two specialisations and one sub-specialisation or one specialisation and two sub-specialisations.

A specialisation requires 54 credit points from units assigned to the specialisation with a minimum of 18 credit points from 9600 series units.

A specialisation in a subdiscipline requires 54 credit points from the subdiscipline, with a minimum of 18 credit points from 9600 series units.

A specialisation in a discipline requires 54 credit points from the discipline, with at least 27 credit points in one subdiscipline, with a minimum of 18 credit points from 9600 series units.

A sub-specialisation in a discipline or sub discipline requires 36 credit points from the units assigned to the discipline or sub discipline, including no more than 18 credit points from 8500 series units or, with the approval of the Academic Board, up to 36 credit points from 9600 series units.

2.3   All course units shall be taken from 8500 and 9600 series units in the SCD Schedule of Units of Study.

2.4   Every program for the award shall include:

2.4.1   a minimum of 72 credit points in 9600 series units;

2.4.2   not more than 72 credit points from Philosophy;

2.4.3   at least a sub-specialisation from Biblical Studies;

2.4.4   students completing a specialisation in Biblical Studies must also complete at least 2 units in Biblical languages which are in addition to the 6 units required for the specialisation;

2.4.5   at least a sub-specialisation from Theology;

2.4.6   at least one unit in Church History;

2.4.7   at least a total of 36 credit points from the following sub-disciplines: Christian Ethics, Christian Spirituality, Pastoral Counselling, Worship & Liturgy, Mission, Pastoral Theology;

2.4.8   not more than 108 credit points in Pastoral Theology

2.4.9   at least one Generic Research unit – a Research Essay (18cps – 10,000-12,000 words in length and written in the area of specialisation under supervision) and / or a Research Project with a professional focus (9 or if 18cps – 10,000-12,000 words in length and written in the area of specialisation under supervision)) and / or a Capstone unit as found in the SCD Schedule of Units of Study. Each student enrolled in a Research Project or Research Essay must complete a 8500-series Research Methodology unit (9 credit points) which can be completed before or concurrently with the Research Project or Essay;

2.4.10   A candidate may take up to a maximum of 36 credit points in units listed as Generic (Research) units in the Schedule of Units of Study with a maximum of 18 credit points in Independent Guided Study units, 18 credit points in Research Project units, and 18 credit points as a Research Essay. Students who transfer from the MDiv to either the MA or the MTh cannot exceed this limit in total across both programs.

3.   Period of Candidature

3.1   The period of candidature for the degree shall normally be 3 years full-time and up to 9 years part-time.

3.2   In certain circumstances the Student Support and Administration Committee may grant extensions to the period of candidature.

4.   Leave of Absence

4.1   The Student Support and Administration Committee may grant leave of absence from the MDiv. The period of leave shall not be counted as part of the period of candidature for the degree.

4.2   The period of leave shall normally be one semester after which a candidate may apply for a further period of one semester or will be required to continue candidature.

5.   Assessment

5.1   The assessment of subject units shall be in the manner approved by the Academic Board in line with the College’s established guidelines

5.2   Students may be required by the Academic Board to present themselves for oral examination.

5.3   Academic and non-academic misconduct will be penalised severely in accordance with the regulations of the Sydney College of Divinity.

6.   Credits

6.1   A candidate may seek credit up to a maximum of 108 credit points in the Master of Divinity. Credit can be granted from units at graduate level where the outcomes, content, demand hours and assessment are equivalent to that of units in the SCD award.  Credit can be also granted when a candidate holds the SCD Bachelor of Theology or equivalent degree up to a maximum of 54 credit points for BTh or equivalent units (where the outcomes, content demand hours and assessment are comparable to those of SCD BTh units) with a grade of at least 70%.

7.   Exit Points

7.1   A range of exit points are available from the Master of Divinity. These include the Graduate Certificate in Arts, Graduate Diploma of Arts, Master of Arts and Master of Theology. For these to be available, the student must complete units that met the requirements of the exiting award.

8.   Articulation

8.1   Admission into the SCD Master of Philosophy award would require a completed Master of Divinity which included an 18 credit point Research Project or Essay with a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

8.2   Admission into the SCD Doctor of Ministry award would require a Master of Divinity with a GPA of 2.8 or higher including a Research Essay with a GPA of 2.8 or higher and the appropriate ministry experience.

8.3   Admission into the SCD Doctor of Philosophy or Theology would require a completed Master of Divinity with a GPA of 3.0 or higher including a Research Essay with a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

9.   Saving Clause

9.1   Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained herein, the Academic Board of the Sydney College of Divinity may, in any case in which it may deem it appropriate to do so, vary, dispense with or suspend any requirement or prescription by these regulations, and report forthwith to the Council of the Sydney College of Divinity.


 

MTh Award Summary

Master of Theology (MTh)
CRICOS : 063709G

 

AQF Level 9 Masters Degree (Coursework)

Entry Requirements : A 3 year AQF Level 7 award in the discipline of theology

Duration : 1.5 years (three semesters) full-time or 4.5 years (nine semesters) part-time

Mode : Full-time, part-time.
International students on an Australian Student Visa are required to study full-time.

Structure : 108 credit points (i.e. 12 units) including either a discipline or sub discipline specialisation of 6 units (54 cps), or in-depth studies of 3 units (27cps) in two disciplines or subdisciplines.

English Proficiency : Applicants whose entry qualifications were obtained in an institution where English is not the language of instruction normally require a minimum IELTS (or equivalent) score of 7.0 in all bands of the test.

Enrolment

The MTh is offered through individual colleges. Details are available from the colleges offering the course.

Contact the Registrar of one of the following Teaching Bodies:

  • Australian College of Christian Studies
  • Australian College of Ministries
  • Catholic Institute of Sydney
  • Nazarene Theological College
  • Saint Andrew’s Greek Orthodox Theological College
  • Saint Cyril’s Coptic Orthodox Theological College

International students planning to study on an Australian Student Visa should contact the Registrar of one of the following Teaching Bodies :

  • Australian College of Christian Studies
  • Catholic Institute of Sydney
  • Nazarene Theological College
Graduate Profile and Rationale

The Master of Theology is a coursework program designed for those who hold at least a Bachelor of Theology (or equivalent) and who wish to pursue theological studies in greater depth and with greater rigour.  It includes either a specialisation of six units in one discipline or subdiscipline, or in-depth studies of three units in two or more disciplines or subdisciplines, along with the opportunity for a focused research project.  The disciplines and subdisciplines and specialisations are:

Discipline Sub-disciplines Specialisations / Sub-specialisations
Biblical Studies Biblical Studies
Christian Life & Ministry Christian Spirituality (S)
Worship & Liturgy (L)
Mission (M)
Pastoral Counselling (C)
Pastoral Theology (P)
Christian Ethics (E)
Christian Spirituality
Worship & Liturgy
Mission
Pastoral Counselling
Pastoral Theology
Christian Ethics
Christian Life & Ministry  [Discipline]
Humanities in Christian Tradition Church History (H)
Philosophy (W)
Theological Education (D)
Church History
Philosophy
Humanities in Christian Tradition [Discipline] (specialisations and sub- specialisations not to include A units)
Theology Theology
Outcomes

Graduates will have advanced knowledge and skills in relation to theology and its related disciplines, enabling them to undertake research and/or to engage in professional practice, and/or to continue life-long learning.   Graduates will acquire:

Knowledge
  • A deep and integrated understanding of an advanced body of knowledge in one or more theologically related disciplines or areas of practice, with a solid grasp of recent developments in those sub-disciplines and areas of practice
  • understanding of research principles and methods applicable to theological investigation and practice
Skills
  • expert, specialized cognitive and technical skills in a theologically-related body of knowledge, so that they are able independently to:
  • analyse critically, reflect on and synthesize complex information, problems, concepts and theories associated with a theologically-related body of knowledge
  • research and apply established theories to a theologically-related body of knowledge or practice
  • interpret and transmit knowledge, skills and ideas through coherent and sustained argument to specialist and non-specialist audiences in relation to a theologically-related body of knowledge
Applications of Knowledge and Skills
  • the ability to
    • apply knowledge and skills in a way that demonstrates autonomy, expert judgment, adaptability, and accountability as a practitioner or learner in relation to one or more theological disciplines, with a view to the building up of the church and the good of the wider community.
    • plan and execute a substantial research-based project, and/or piece of independent study in an area of theology.
Academic Regulations for the Master of Theology

1.   Admission to Candidature

1.1   An applicant for admission to candidature for a degree of Master of Theology must:

1.1.1   have completed a three year AQF Level 7 award in the discipline of theology; or

1.1.1   have completed the Master of Arts of the Sydney College of Divinity and take up the same specialisation in the MTh which was undertaken in the MA program and meet the pre-requisites for any coursework units in the MTh, or

1.1.1   shall hold, from a university or other tertiary institution, qualifications approved by the Student Support and Administration Committee as equivalent to a three year AQF Level 7 award in the discipline of theology.

1.2   Notwithstanding the provisions of this regulation the Student Support and Administration Committee may require an applicant to demonstrate fitness for admission as a candidate for a degree of Master of Theology by carrying out such work and/or sitting for such examinations as the Student Support and Administration Committee may determine.

1.3   In exceptional cases an applicant may be admitted as a candidate for a degree of Master of Theology if the applicant submits evidence of other academic and professional attainments to the Student Support and Administration Committee.

1.4   A candidate for the award shall be designated as full-time or part-time. A student is normally designated as a full-time if enrolled in three units (27 credit points) or more in a semester or part-time if enrolled in less than three units (27 credit points) per semester.

1.5   No candidate for the award may be concurrently enrolled in any other undergraduate or postgraduate course within the Sydney College of Divinity or any other tertiary institution, unless approval has been granted by the Academic Board.

1.6   Applicants whose entry qualifications were obtained in an institution where English is not the language of instruction normally will be required to demonstrate competency in English by an IELTS (or equivalent) result of 7.0 in all bands of the test and may be required to attend such English language courses as prescribed by the Sydney College of Divinity.

1.7   Application for enrolment in the Master of Theology program is made to the Registrar of the appropriate Teaching Body offering the program.

2.   Course Structure

2.1   The MTh requires the completion of 108 credit points.

2.2   Every program for the award shall include:

2.2.1   Either a specialisation (54 credit points) in a discipline or subdiscipline,

A specialisation in a subdiscipline requires 54 credit points from the subdiscipline.

A specialisation in a discipline requires 54 credit points from the discipline, with at least 27 credit points in one subdiscipline.

or

2.2.2   In-depth studies (27 credit points) in two or more disciplines or subdisciplines.

2.2.3   At least one 9600 series Generic Research unit – a Research Essay (18cps – 10,000-12,000 words in length and written in the area of specialisation under supervision) and / or a Research Project with a professional focus (9 or if 18cps – 10,000-12,000 words in length and written in the area of specialisation under supervision)) and / or a Capstone unit as found in the SCD Schedule of Units of Study. Each student enrolled in a Research Project or Research Essay must complete a 8500-series Research Methodology unit (9 credit points) which can be completed before or concurrently with the Research Project or Essay;

2.2.4   Not more than 90 credit points in one sub-discipline, including a Research Essay, but not including the Research Methodology unit;

2.2.5   Not more than 18 credit points in Independent Guided Studies without approval of the Academic Board;

2.3   In addition:

2.3.1   Up to four units may be taken from the 8500 series (including 8500 series language units).

2.3.2   The 8500-series Research Methodology Unit (9 credit points) may be taken in addition to the four 8500 series units referred to in 2.3.1.

2.3.3   All other course units shall be taken from the 9600-series units in the Schedule of Units of Study.

2.3.4   A candidate may take a maximum of 54 credit points in units listed as Generic (Research) units in the Schedule of Units of Study with a maximum of 18 credit points in Independent Guided Study units, 18 credit points in Research Project units, and 36 credit points as a Research Essay. Students who transfer from the MTh to either the MDiv or the MA cannot exceed this limit in total across both programs.

2.4   Candidates who enter the program from a BTh or equivalent cannot enrol in units with content similar to those covered in their previous studies.

2.5   Candidates wishing to proceed to the degree of Master of Philosophy must include one 18 credit point research unit or two 9 credit point research units at Distinction level.

3.   Period of Candidature

3.1   The period of candidature for the degree shall normally be 1.5 years (three semesters) full-time and up to 4.5 years (nine semesters) part-time.

3.2   In certain circumstances the Student Support and Administration Committee may grant extensions to the period of candidature.

4.   Leave of Absence

4.1   The Student Support and Administration Committee may grant leave of absence from the award. The period of leave shall not be counted as part of the period of candidature for the degree.

4.2   The period of leave shall normally be one semester after which a candidate may apply for a further period of one semester or will be required to complete candidature.

5.   Assessment

5.1   The assessment of subject units shall be in the manner approved by the Academic Board in line with the College’s established guidelines for assessment packages for units

5.2   Students may be required by the Academic Board to present themselves for oral examination.

5.3   Academic and non-academic misconduct will be penalised in accordance with the regulations of the Sydney College of Divinity, whose stipulations are severe.

6.   Credits

6.1   A candidate may seek credit up to a maximum of 54 credit points in the Master of Theology. Credit can be granted only from units at graduate level where the outcomes, content, demand hours and assessment are equivalent to that of units in the SCD award.

7.   Saving Clause

7.1   Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained herein, the Academic Board of the Sydney College of Divinity may, in any case in which it may deem it appropriate to do so, vary, dispense with or suspend any requirement or prescription by these regulations, and report forthwith to the Council of the Sydney College of Divinity.


 

Section Nine

SECTION NINE : Research Degree Programs and Specific Regulations

  • Common Elements in Higher Research Degrees
  • Appendix: Code of Supervisory Practice
  • Master of Philosophy (MPhil)
  • Doctor of Ministry (DMin)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
  • Doctor of Theology (ThD)

Common Elements in HDR

Common Elements in Higher Degrees by Research(HDR)
Master of Philosophy (MPhil), Doctor of Ministry (DMin), Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) and Doctor of Theology (ThD)

 

A.1    Overall Nature of Research Programs

All MPhil, PhD and ThD candidates proceed to the award by research and thesis alone. For DMin candidates 20% of the award is by coursework and 80% by research and thesis. In all research programs both full-time and part-time candidature are available. Typically, full-time candidature requires an average of thirty hours per week and part-time candidature requires an average of fifteen hours per week. These hours should preferably be achieved through regular weekly commitment, but they may be achieved through varying periods of more and less intensive work.

A.2    Oversight

Oversight of the MPhil, DMin, PhD and ThD falls to the Research Committee. Where relevant, ethics clearance is determined by the Research Ethics Committee. The Research Committee is a committee of the Academic Board and makes recommendations to it. This includes recommendations for award of degrees. The Academic Board in turn makes a recommendation to the Council, which resolves on award or non-award of the degree. The Research Ethics Committee is a committee of the Dean, who notifies significant matters to the Academic Board. The Research Ethics Committee may exchange information with the Research Committee.

The Research Committee has practical responsibility, with regard to the degrees listed above, for such matters as the admission of candidates, the approval of thesis topics, the appointment of supervisors and associate supervisors, the progress of candidates through the program, the provision of research seminars and workshops, the examination of completed theses, the implementation of any recommendations from the examiners, and the recommendation to the Academic Board that a candidate may proceed to graduation. The Academic Board in turn makes a recommendation to the Council concerning the award of the degree.

The management of the programs is the responsibility of the Research Director, who is also a member of the Research Committee, and the Academic Board. The Research Director should be contacted by all intending candidates. The Research Director provides initial guidance in respect of the desired program, qualifications for admission, the DMin coursework if relevant, the intended research topic and supervision of the research, and remains the key contact for candidates in managing their progress.

A.3    Enrolment

Candidates enrol through the Office of the Dean following an interview with the Research Director. The Director receives and forwards the application for enrolment, together with the Summary of Research Intentions, to the Research Committee which grants acceptance into the program.

In the case of the MPhil, PhD and ThD, candidature is provisional until the acceptance of the Thesis Proposal by the Research Committee. In the case of the DMin, transition from coursework to thesis occurs following the achievement of commendable results in the two coursework units and acceptance of the Thesis Proposal by the Research Committee.

A.4    Thesis Proposal

In the case of the MPhil, PhD and ThD, a formal Thesis Proposal will be submitted to the Research Committee within one semester of admission for a full-time candidate and within two semesters of admission for a part-time candidate. In the case of the DMin, a formal Thesis Proposal will be submitted to the Research Committee no later than one semester after completion of the course units for a full-time candidate and no later than two semesters after completion of the course units for a part-time candidate. In all cases, the formal Thesis Proposal may not be substantially changed after acceptance without application to the committee.

A.5    Research Supervision

All candidates have two supervisors, a principal supervisor, who must hold a doctoral degree and be research active according to the Research Active in the SCD Policy, and an associate supervisor, who must hold a doctoral degree, carry out research and normally be research active according to the Research Active in the SCD Policy. These are formally appointed by the Research Committee. Normally, the principal supervisor will be a faculty member of the Sydney College of Divinity. In some cases the Sydney College of Divinity may appoint an external supervisor based in another reputable theological college, university, or comparable institution. The associate supervisor may likewise be internal or external to the Sydney College of Divinity. In the case of the DMin, the associate supervisor may be a relevant recognized expert professional in a relevant field of ministry.

As well as being research active, the principal supervisor should have experience in research supervision. College Faculty who may become research active and thus eligible to act as supervisors are expected to participate in scheduled supervision workshops provided by the Sydney College of Divinity. Especially in cases where a designated principal supervisor may not yet have overseen a research project through to a satisfactory conclusion, appropriate mentoring in this task will be provided by the Research Director.

Intending candidates may or may not have identified a specific topic within the intended area. Some may already have discussed the matter informally with a potential supervisor. In their Summary of Research Intentions accompanying the application to enrol candidates may request a particular person as supervisor, but the supervisor is appointed by the Research Committee and approached by the Research Director.

The associate supervisor may be asked to act as principal supervisor in the temporary absence of the principal supervisor, for example, on study leave. The associate supervisor may otherwise provide additional research support, for example, with regard to a particular aspect of the research in which he or she is a recognized expert. The Code of Supervisory Practice, appended to this section, informs the supervisory relationships.

Each semester the supervisors report to the Research Committee concerning the candidate’s progress and any other related matter, using the Research Degree Progress Report form, which requires also candidate comment on the supervisor’s comments. This enables the Committee to monitor progress, offer advice to supervisors and/or candidates, and make appropriate recommendations to the Academic Board. In the event of continued unsatisfactory progress termination of candidature may be recommended. Unsatisfactory progress occurs when there is no evidence that production of the thesis has been advanced by identifiable further research, constructive meetings of the candidate with the supervisor, or written drafts, and where there are insufficient grounds for special consideration. Typically, unsatisfactory progress in one semester will attract directions to achieve particular goals in the following semester, and unsatisfactory progress for a second semester will lead to a requirement that the candidate show cause why the candidature should not be terminated.

Candidates experiencing extended academic or personal difficulties should discuss their situation promptly with their supervisor and the Research Director in order to establish the most effective way for them to proceed to eventual completion. In some situations it may be appropriate to apply for an extension. The normal upper limits for extension are one semester for full-time candidates and two semesters for part-time candidates. In other situations it may be appropriate to apply for leave of absence for a semester. Such applications should be addressed to the Research Director and are considered by the Research Committee.

A.6    Compulsory Research Degree Workshops

These workshops are compulsory for all new thesis writers, including DMin candidates moving to the thesis stage of their candidature. Held annually, they are offered in intensive mode, early in first semester. They will also be offered early in the second semester for any new students in the MPhil, PhD or ThD, or any DMin students moving to the thesis stage of their degree. New thesis writers may be at slightly different stages of preparation for the research but all will find the matters covered wholly or largely relevant to their situation. Presented by various lecturers, they are designed to introduce candidates to practical matters affecting the production of a thesis such as:

  • defining a thesis topic and planning chapters
  • research methodologies
  • bibliographical aids
  • using the library to best effect in research
  • writing a formal thesis proposal
  • ethical considerations and ethics clearance procedures
  • examiners’ expectations
  • guidelines for writing and documenting
  • writing an abstract
  • participating in the SCD research seminars and in conferences.
A.7    Compulsory Research Seminars

Several Research Seminars (about eight) are held in the evening at intervals throughout the year, coordinated by the Research Director. Ongoing enrolment in all research degrees is subject to completing attendance requirements and presenting a paper related to the research seminar at least once each year for full-time candidates and at least once every second year for part-time candidates. DMin candidates participate in these seminars once they have entered the thesis stage of their candidature. The seminars provide an informal testing ground for the reception of the research, opportunities for gaining awareness of broader research areas and research procedures potentially applicable to one’s own research, and engagement with the overall cohort of research students in mitigation of any sense of isolation.

Where the candidate normally resides abroad or in an Australian location remote from the usual physical location of the seminars in Sydney, the Research Director will advise the candidate concerning minimum participation in the seminars. All such candidates are expected to attend at least one seminar in person in the course of the year in person and to present a paper at least once a year or at least once every two years, as above. The seminars will be located so as to allow for live-streaming of at least half of them and candidates will be expected to arrange to join such seminars using appropriate technology. Seminars begin again in March. Relevant advice is available from the Office of the Dean.

A.8    Research Ethics

Any research involving human subjects must have the approval of the Sydney College of Divinity Research Ethics Committee, which is a committee of the Dean.

All thesis proposals involving the gathering of personal information from people by surveys, interviews or case studies will be dealt with according to the procedures and policies of the Research Ethics Committee available on the Sydney College of Divinity website under Ethics in Research. The Research Ethics Committee makes recommendations to the Academic Board in consultation with the Research Committee.

Note that ethics clearance may also be pertinent if the research involves using such material collected by others. Note also that the recording of oral history may or may not include the gathering of personal information.

Information about obtaining ethics clearance to proceed with research involving human subjects is available on the Sydney College of Divinity website, together with the Application for Ethical Clearance of Research Involving Human Subjects. Guidance may be sought from the supervisor and the Research Director, and the Research Ethics Committee may be consulted through the Dean.

Ethics clearance is normally sought at the same time as submission of the formal Thesis Proposal. If the need to seek ethics clearance arises subsequently, as the need to gather personal information emerges belatedly, the application for ethical clearance should be lodged promptly. Under no circumstances may those elements of the thesis relying on the gathering of personal information proceed before ethical clearance is granted.

Whether or not a candidate needs to obtain a specific ethics clearance, it is still obligatory to conduct ethical research. Ethical research includes avoidance of the following:

  1. Plagiarism: Plagiarism is the representation of another’s works or ideas as one’s own; it includes the unacknowledged word for word use or paraphrasing of another person’s work, and the inappropriate unacknowledged use of another person’s ideas.
  2. Fraud: Academic fraud is the falsification and fabrication of research results and dishonesty in reporting research results.
  3. Misrepresentation: Misrepresentation is the giving of false or misleading information in academic matters. It includes falsely claiming credit for past study and falsely stating that thesis material has not been used in another thesis beyond the permitted scope.
  4. Unethical behaviour: Unethical behaviour is behaviour that breaches accepted ethical standards. It includes failing to observe the terms of an ethical approval to conduct research and misuse of confidential information obtained in field education.

Failure to conduct ethical research may result in the candidate being charged with academic misconduct. Candidates should not assume that such misconduct will not be detected. The Academic Misconduct Regulations can be found on the Sydney College of Divinity website.

A.9    Libraries

The Sydney College of Divinity Library is the sum total of all the individual libraries of the Member Institutions and the Korean School of Theology. All the Sydney College of Divinity’s students have access to all these libraries on production of their Student Identity Card. They will be required to conform to the particular regulations pertaining in each library.

Each research degree candidate will be asked to nominate as a home library one of the Sydney College of Divinity libraries, typically but not necessarily the library of the Institution in which the supervisor is based. This enables the Sydney College of Divinity, in consultation with the supervisor and candidate, to build up research resources in the topic area of the candidate using a Research Degree Library Resources Grant to the library from the Sydney College of Divinity. The grant is made to the nominated library each semester in which the candidate is enrolled.

Where the candidate normally resides abroad or in an Australian location remote from the libraries of the Sydney College of Divinity, the candidate will nevertheless make use of the Sydney College of Divinity libraries through electronic access, interlibrary loans, and personal use during visits to Sydney or to the location of other Sydney College of Divinity libraries. The Sydney College of Divinity will assess such a candidate’s probable library needs at the time of enrolment and periodically, and may advise or negotiate use of a suitable university or college library elsewhere on behalf of the candidate. The Sydney College of Divinity takes responsibility for ensuring adequate library access for all its students.

A.10  Presenting the Thesis for Examination

Approximately three months before the expected date of submission the candidate should notify the Office of the Dean that submission is expected at that time using the Intention to Submit form, unless this information has already been provided in the most recent semester report. If using the Intention to Submit form the candidate should ensure that the supervisor has provided comment.

TWO copies for MPhil thesis and THREE copies for either a DMin, PhD or ThD thesis must be submitted to the Office of the Dean for examination. Temporary binding and medium bond paper should be used. One copy in electronic form should be submitted to the Research Director, which will be placed in the SCD Institutional Repository.

The supervisor is required to sign a Certification of Thesis to be submitted with the thesis.

A.11  Guidelines for the Preparation of the Thesis

All copies of the thesis should be in good quality typescript on one side of the paper only. In the main body of the thesis double-spacing of typescript is preferred, but one-and-a-half-spacing is acceptable. Single-spacing may be used only for appendices and footnotes or endnotes. The paper should be good quality, medium weight white stock, sufficiently opaque for normal reading.

Gender-inclusive language should be used except in quotations, paraphrases, or re-creations of the language used in a different culture. God may be referred to in the gender language appropriate to normal practice within a particular theological tradition.

The size of the paper should be A4 (297mm x 210mm) except for illustrative material such as drawings, maps and printouts, on which no restriction is placed.

The margins on each sheet should be not less than 40mm on the left-hand side, 20mm on the right-hand side, 30mm at the top, and 20mm at the bottom.

The recommended structural sequence of a thesis is as follows:

– Title Page
– Declaration of Originality
– Acknowledgements (if any)
– Preface (if any)
– Table of Contents
– List of illustrations and tables (if any)
– Abstract
– Introduction (if separate from Chapter 1)
– Chapters in sequence
– Conclusion
– Appendix or appendices (if any)
– Bibliography

The title page should contain the thesis title, author’s name, degree and year of submission.

The Declaration of Originality should take the following form:

This thesis is based upon original work by the author and a study of the relevant published works as indicated and acknowledged in the text. No part of the thesis has been plagiarised.

Signed:……………………………………………..

(Author’s signature)

Date…………………………………………………

The table of contents should be reasonably detailed in a thesis, since an index is not usually included.

Beginning with the first page of the first chapter (which may be headed either ‘Introduction’ or ‘Chapter 1’) pages should be numbered consecutively using Arabic numerals. Preceding pages, except the title page, should normally be given lower case Roman numerals, beginning with the page immediately after the title page.

Each copy of the thesis should have an abstract of 500-700 words bound in. The abstract should indicate the problem investigated, the procedure followed, the general results obtained and the major conclusions reached. It should not contain any illustrative material or tables. Note that it should not be replicated in the introductory paragraphs.

Appendices contain any supplementary material that the author considers necessary to the interpretation of the text itself. Appendices elaborate information or argument expressed within the body of the thesis; they do not introduce substantial new information or new argument. Materials that are generally more appropriately included in an appendix would include long tables, data that supports arguments contained in the thesis, detailed reports, detailed technical arguments and computer printouts.

Materials such as illustrations, charts or tables must not be submitted on the back of typed sheets. Except with the approval of the supervisor, these should be bound facing the text to which they refer, or if necessary, as right-hand pages, immediately after the first reference to them. The caption should be placed at the bottom of the page.

Materials such as diagrams, maps, and tables that exceed A4 size should be either:

(i)   folded so as to read as a right-hand page when opened; or
(ii)  clearly referred to in the text, numbered and folded for insertion in a pocket in the back inside cover of the thesis binding.

Footnotes at the bottom of each page are preferred but endnotes are permitted. It is normal to begin footnotes or endnotes at 1 for each chapter. Harvard-style notes included in the main body of the thesis are not generally appropriate for advancing theological argument but may be permitted if clearly appropriate to a particular thesis.

A.12  Bibliography and Referencing

No single method of referencing is prescribed, but candidates should use one or other of the generally recognized systems of referencing and do so consistently. Recommended Style Manuals:

That of the Journal of Theological Studies.

Patrick H. Alexander and others, The SBL Handbook of Style: For Ancient Near Eastern, Biblical, and Early Christian Studies, Peabody, MA: Hendrickson, 1999, and Student Supplement rev. 2009.

Lawrence D. McIntosh, compiler, A Style Manual for the Presentation of Papers and Theses in Religion and Theology, Wagga Wagga: Centre for Information Studies in Association with ANZTLA and ANZATS, 1994.

A.13  Criteria for Assessment

The thesis will be assessed, amongst other things, according to the following criteria:

  • The clarity with which the research question/problem is stated and the scope of the study defined.
  • The appropriateness of the theoretical or conceptual framework to the investigation.
  • The appropriateness of the methodology to the research question/ problem.
  • The precision and consistency with which key terminology is used.
  • The depth of critical assessment of the relevant literature.
  • The capacity to demonstrate a link between the literature review and the research question/problem.
  • The degree of skill in constructing arguments and sustaining a position throughout the thesis.
  • The level of competency in considering possible objections to the position advanced in the thesis.
  • The degree of proficiency in using rigorous argument.
  • The careful and accurate presentation of the scholarly apparatus.
  • The originality (for doctorates) and the level of contribution made to the understanding of the subject.
  • A clear statement of the conclusions reached.
  • Justification of the conclusions reached in terms of the arguments presented.
  • An ability to relate the conclusions of the study to the wider field.
  • The suitability of a substantial amount of the material for publication.
A.14  Examination Process

Examiners should be suggested by the supervisor after discussion with the candidate but the candidate is not informed who is approached or appointed. When the examiners’ reports are received, the names of the examiners will be made available to the candidate unless an examiner requests otherwise. At the request of a candidate the Sydney College of Divinity will agree that a certain person will not be appointed as an examiner if there is a reasonable expectation that the person would have a conflict of interest.

The thesis is submitted to the Office of the Dean and the supervisor conveys suggestions for examiners to the Research Director, who undertakes preliminary enquiries. The examiners are appointed by the Research Committee at its first meeting following receipt of the thesis. It would be unusual for the Committee to depart completely from the supervisor’s suggestions.

Once the examiners have agreed to examine the thesis, they are normally expected to return their report within two months of having received the thesis.

For a DMin, PhD or ThD thesis three expert examiners are appointed, all external to the Sydney College of Divinity, at least two of international standing. For an MPhil thesis two expert examiners are appointed, both external to the Sydney College of Divinity.

Five categories of response are available:

  • that the award be granted
  • that minor amendments be made to the thesis to the satisfaction of the Research Committee
  • that major amendments be made to the thesis to the satisfaction of the Research Committee
  • that a significantly revised thesis be re-submitted for examination
  • that the award not be granted.

The examiners’ reports are addressed to the Research Director and received by the Research Committee. In the case of unanimous agreement on category (1), the Committee will normally resolve to recommend award of the degree outright and send the reports to both the candidate and the supervisor for their information. In all other cases, the reports will be sent together by the Research Director to the supervisor, who is invited to write a response addressed to the Committee concerned. In light of both the examiners’ reports and the supervisor’s response, the Committee determines what instructions are to be given to the candidate and the date for amendments to be completed in the case of (b) or (c) or for re-submission in the case of (d). The Research Director then advises the candidate and the supervisor accordingly. Where amendments under (b) or (c) are required, these should be made in consultation with supervisor. When they have been completed satisfactorily, the supervisor will inform the Research Director, and the Research Director will inform the Committee. When revision under (4) is invited, the supervisor will continue in the normal supervisory role until resubmission and re-examination.

In light of the examiners’ reports and completion of any other required work, the Research Committee recommends accordingly to the Academic Board, which then sends its own recommendation on to Council for confirmation, and the candidate is invited to graduate.

A.15  Presentation and Binding of Thesis Following Examination

When the thesis has been examined and accepted, two copies bound in the manner described below should be sent to the Office of the Research Director, along with one copy in electronic form.

Each copy of the final version of the thesis should be bound in boards, covered with buckram or similar, and embossed on the spine as follows:

a) At the bottom and across, the words:

‘Sydney College of Divinity’

b) 90mm from the bottom and across, the degree and year of submission, for example:

PhD
2017

c) Evenly spaced between the statement in (b) and the top of the spine, the initials and surname of the author. No other lettering or decoration should appear on the spine.

d) Where the spine of the thesis is too thin to support lettering across, the wording should be printed along the spine reading from top to bottom.

A.16  Grievances

The Sydney College of Divinity has in place a set of grievance procedures which cover academic and non-academic aspects of candidature in the research programs of the Sydney College of Divinity. The grievance procedures can be accessed on the Sydney College of Divinity website.


 

Code of Supervisory Practice in HDR

A.17  APPENDIX: Code of Supervisory Practice

(The Appendix is continuing on from the Common Elements in HDR)

A.17.1  Introduction

The research enterprise is one that involves the candidate, the supervisor and the Sydney College of Divinity. Each of the three has responsibilities and obligations to ensure that the enterprise is fruitful.

The Academic Board of the Sydney College of Divinity, through its Research Committee:

  1. determines the eligibility of the candidate to undertake research at master’s or doctoral level;
  2. determines that the research project is appropriate for the degree;
  3. ensures that proper supervision can be provided and maintained throughout the research period;
  4. appoints supervisors expert in the areas of research and willing to undertake the obligations of supervision;
  5. establishes and monitors mechanisms whereby conflict between the supervisor and the student may be resolved;
  6. establishes procedures for all stages of the examination process;
  7. establishes procedures whereby staff inexperienced in supervision are assisted with supervision;
  8. establishes minimum reporting procedures;
  9. establishes examination criteria for theses;
    and, through its Research Ethics Committee:
  10. determines ethics clearance for research involving human subjects.
A.17.2  Policy Determination

In the light of these responsibilities the following Code of Practice governing supervision of research for higher degrees is adopted.

A.17.2.1     The Supervisor

The supervisors are appointed by the Research Committee, after consultation with the candidate. See A.5 in the Common Elements.

The Sydney College of Divinity expects that supervisors will:

  • Assist the student to identify and refine a thesis topic suitable in scope and intellectual challenge for the particular degree.
  • Advise the student on appropriate source material and its availability.
  • Monitor the progress of the work by scheduling regular meetings with the student as mutually convenient. Some meetings should be in person but others may be by email or other means. The supervisor should normally expect to be in communication with the candidate about once a month and never less than once a semester. Frequency will probably vary according to stage of development of the thesis. It is the responsibility of the student to maintain appropriate communication with the supervisor, but the supervisor should contact the Research Director if an inexplicable silence occurs and continues to the extent that it is not possible to complete the semester report with input from both the supervisor and the student.
  • With the candidate, provide a progress report on the candidature at the end of each semester, to be sent to the Research Director for consideration by the Research Committee.
  • Record the outcomes or decisions taken at each meeting with the student and reflect such matters in the semester report.
  • Report on issues concerning the student’s progress to the Research Committee at other times should the supervisor deem it necessary.
  • Provide advice to the student in relation to presentation of short papers at the Research Seminars.
  • Provide critical comment on drafts of sections of the work.
  • Read and critically comment on the final draft of the thesis.
  • Certify that the thesis meets the requirements of the Sydney College of Divinity and is ready to be presented for examination, or advise the candidate and Research Committee otherwise, with reasons.
  • Suggest the names of the requisite number of possible examiners plus at least one other.
  • Encourage the student to become part of the wider academic community by participating in seminars and conferences.
  • Advise the successful candidate on possible avenues of publication.
  • Provide ongoing assistance to students who have been required to amend and/or re-submit their theses (see section on Rewriting below).
  • Alert the Research Committee, through the Research Director, to any problems encountered in the supervisory relationship.
  • Inform the student and the Research DELETE Committee, through the Research Director, of any planned extended leave so that arrangements may be made for the associate supervisor to take over the supervision.
  • Ensure effective communication with the associate supervisor.
A.17.2.2     The Associate Supervisor

The associate supervisor will:

  • Respond to requests from the student for occasional meetings, in person or by email or other means, as mutually convenient.
  • Provide guidance in respect of research resources for particular purposes and read relevant sections of draft material as requested by the student.
  • Take on the role of acting principal supervisor during any period of prolonged unavailability on the part of the principal supervisor.
  • Inform the student and the Research Committee, through the Research Director, of any planned extended leave.
A.17.2.3     The Student

The student will:

  • Submit to the Research Director in the Office of the Dean an application to enrol and a Summary of Research Intentions. Where candidates have already approached one or more potential supervisors to discuss the proposed area of research they should indicate this in their initial Summary of Research Intentions. The application and the Summary of Research Intentions are considered by the Research Committee, and the appointment of a supervisor and associate supervisor is included in the determinations of the Committee.
  • Become familiar with the regulations governing the submission and examination of theses.
  • Arrange with the principal supervisor for regular meetings at mutually convenient times. Some meetings should be in person but others may be by email or other means. The student will normally be in communication with the supervisor about once a month and never less than once a semester. It is the responsibility of the student to maintain appropriate communication with the supervisor.
  • Arrange with the associate supervisor to meet as needed to assist progress.
  • At the end of each meeting, have a clear idea of what work is to be done before the next scheduled meeting. Difficulties encountered in carrying out the work should be communicated to the supervisor (or associate supervisor) before the date of the scheduled meeting.
  • Provide drafts of sections of work to the principal supervisor at agreed intervals.
  • Alert the Research Committee, through the Research Director, to serious problems encountered in the supervisory relationship.
A.17.2.4     Supervision of Students Living Outside Sydney

In order to make advanced theological education available to those who wish to benefit from it, the Sydney College of Divinity permits some candidates living away from Sydney to pursue higher degrees by research. In order to carry out its responsibility to ensure adequate supervision the Sydney College of Divinity requires of such students that they:

  1. Arrange for a substantive meeting with their supervisor twice per semester in person or by email or other means.
  2. Communicate at least briefly with the supervisor at least once a month, irrespective of the progress that has been made in the month that has elapsed.

In addition, in some cases, the Research Committee may require students to devote some period to the writing of the thesis in ongoing close contact with the supervisor. This may entail residing for a time close to the supervisor’s workplace. The associated costs will be met by the student.

A.17.2.5     Difficulties in Supervision

From time to time, students and supervisors may experience difficulties in the supervisory relationship. Disappointment at adverse comments on a draft, increased workload or personal circumstances may cause discouragement or disenchantment with the research task. In many cases, these setbacks are temporary, and either resolve themselves or are overcome through renegotiation of the thesis timetable by the student and supervisor, keeping in mind the due completion date. Advice may be sought by either party from the Research Director or the Dean.

If the difficulties prove to be of a more intractable nature, candidates may avail themselves of the informal and formal grievance procedures indicated in A.17.

A.17.2.6     Examination of Thesis: the Supervisor’s Subsequent Role

When the Research Committee invites the candidate to carry out further work on the thesis, the Dean will forward the examiners’ reports to the supervisor, who will be invited to write a response that will include a recommendation on how long the candidate might need to complete the re-writing.

The role of the supervisor will be to assist the candidate to appreciate shortcomings in the thesis and to implement the examiners’ recommendations as affirmed by the Research Committee in the time allowed. See A.15.

A.17.2.7     Difficulties of Students from a Non-English-Speaking Background

The thesis submitted for examination must be clearly written in English and the expression should not hinder the reading and comprehension of the argument. For those candidates with a non-English background, proof-reading and advice on felicitous expression and correct English are particularly important. Such students may be recommended to seek the assistance of persons competent in English. Any arrangements that may ensue are completely independent of the Sydney College of Divinity. In any modification of expression, the content of the thesis must remain the work of the candidate.

If there is any doubt, the Research Director should be consulted.


 

 

MPhil Award Summary

Master of Philosophy (MPhil)
CRICOS : 082668K

 

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 exceptional cases, candidates may be admitted on the grounds of academic and/or professional attainments, including publications, in the theologically related area in which they wish to pursue research for the degree.

Notwithstanding the provisions above, the Sydney College of Divinity may require suitability for candidature to be demonstrated by such examination or other work as determined by the Sydney College of Divinity.

The Sydney College of Divinity will decline to accept an applicant if it cannot offer supervision in the proposed field of research.

Duration : 1 year full-time or 2 years part-time.
International students on an Australia Student Visa are required to study full-time.

Structure : Research and thesis of 30,000 words maximum, including footnotes/endnotes but excluding bibliography and appendices, under the direction of a supervisor; AND
compulsory participation in the Research Degree Workshop and Research Seminars.
Some thesis topics may require competence in ancient and/or modern foreign languages or other relevant areas of knowledge.

English Proficiency : Applicants whose entry qualifications were obtained in an institution where English is not the language of instruction require a minimum IELTS (or equivalent) score of 7.0 in all bands of the test.

Enrolment

Contact the Research Director at [email protected] Office of the Dean, Graduate Research School.

B.1    RATIONALE

The Master of Philosophy meets the specifications for a Master’s Degree (Research) set by the Australian Qualifications Framework. It provides men and women with the opportunity to pursue advanced study in a theologically related area by research at a high academic level. It is designed for those who seek to further their study in such an area, including interdisciplinary study, for academic, vocational, professional and/or personal reasons. It also offers research training that would support research at doctoral level.

The Master of Philosophy is undertaken by research and thesis alone. It provides the opportunity for candidates to embark on a significant piece of research, which investigates a theologically related topic in a systematic and comprehensive manner that is not available in coursework programs.

B.2    LEARNING OUTCOMES

Graduates will have specialized knowledge and skills for research and/or professional practice and/or further learning and the ability to apply such knowledge and skills in a theologically related area:

Knowledge

  • an advanced and integrated understanding of a complex body of knowledge in one or more theologically related disciplines or areas of practice, including recent developments in the discipline or area of practice
  • advanced knowledge of pertinent research principles and methods

Skills

  • expert and specialized cognitive, technical and creative skills in the field of research, so that they are able independently to:
  • analyse critically, reflect on and synthesize complex information, problems, abstract concepts and theories associated with the field of research
  • research, evaluate and apply established theories to the focal areas of knowledge or practice, using the English language competently and effectively for the purpose
  • design or adapt research methods appropriate to the field of research
  • interpret and transmit knowledge, skills and ideas through coherent and sustained argument to specialist and non-specialist audiences in relation to the field of research
  • make a fresh contribution to knowledge in the field of research

Applications of Knowledge and Skills

  • the ability to:
  • plan and execute a substantial piece of research with creativity and initiative
  • apply knowledge and skills in a way that demonstrates autonomy, expert judgment, adaptability and accountability as a practitioner or learner in relation to the inter-dependent building up of the church and good of the wider community.
B.3    GRADUATE ATTRIBUTES

MPhil Graduates will:

  • Be able to identify, analyse and articulate problems and issues in discourses current in their academic, professional and social communities
  • Recognize the level of their own understanding
  • Demonstrate creativity in solving problems and dealing with complex and abstract conceptual matters
  • Be able to access information efficiently using the means most appropriate to purpose and context
  • conduct themselves with academic integrity and rigour and exercise critical thinking in forming judgments
  • Work autonomously and with an open mind
  • Understand the distinction between information and argument and be able to marshal information as evidence in argument
  • Adopt and practise responsible values and attitudes as members of academic, professional and social communities, based in part on their experience as SCD research candidates
  • Be able to communicate their thinking coherently and effectively, with appropriate English proficiency, in public debate and printed word
  • Have confidence to engage in public discussions of faith and ethics
  • Appreciate and act on opportunities for further learning
  • Be willing to assume leadership in their academic, professional and social communities as needed
B.4    ACADEMIC REGULATIONS

The Academic Regulations below must be read in conjunction with Common Elements for Research Awards .

B.4.1    Admission to Candidature

B.4.1.1       The Sydney College of Divinity may admit to candidature in the MPhil those persons who have attained:

(a)  A Bachelor (Hons) degree or equivalent with results at Class II, Division 1, from the Sydney College of Divinity or an equivalent institution; or

(b)  A Graduate Diploma with a GPA of 3+ and one 18 cpt research unit at Distinction level from the Sydney College of Divinity or an equivalent institution; or

(c)  Qualifications deemed by the Sydney College of Divinity to be equivalent to those above.

In all cases, the prior studies should include sufficient preparation to undertake the proposed research in a theologically related area.

B.4.1.2       In exceptional cases, candidates may be admitted on the grounds of other academic and/or professional attainments, including publications, in the theologically related area in which they wish to pursue the research.

B.4.1.3       Notwithstanding the provisions above, the Sydney College of Divinity may require suitability for candidature to be demonstrated by such examination or other work as determined by the Sydney College of Divinity.

B.4.1.4       The Sydney College of Divinity will decline to accept an applicant if it cannot offer supervision in the proposed field of research.

B.4.1.5       Applicants must submit together with their application a Summary of Research Intentions, sufficient for the Research Committee to determine the general suitability of the topic and availability of appropriate resources and supervision.

B.4.1.6       Applicants whose entry qualifications were obtained in an institution where English is not the language of instruction will be required to demonstrate competency in English by an IELTS result of 7.0 in all bands of the test and may be required to attend such English language courses as prescribed by the Sydney College of Divinity.

B.4.1.7       Applicants will be required to show evidence of competence in ancient and/or modern languages, in order to access primary sources and/or significant secondary works relevant to their thesis topic, and competence in any other relevant area of knowledge. Any language or other requirements will be determined after advice from the Research Committee at the time of application and subsequently in consultation with the proposed supervisor.

B.4.1.8       Candidates for the MPhil are admitted provisionally on the basis of approval of the Summary of Research Intentions. Candidates must submit a formal Thesis Proposal within one semester of admission for a full-time candidate and within two semesters of admission for a part-time candidate for approval by the Research Committee in order to continue their candidature. This proposal may not be substantially changed after acceptance without application to the Research Committee.

B.4.1.9       No candidate for the MPhil may be concurrently enrolled in any other undergraduate or postgraduate course within the Sydney College of Divinity or any other tertiary institution, except in the case that, on the recommendation of the supervisor, a candidate may be directed to undertake one or more individual units of study on a non-award basis in order to attain a competence emerging as appropriate to the most effective pursuance of the MPhil research.

B.4.1.10     Candidates for the program are registered with the Sydney College of Divinity through the Office of the Dean.

B.4.1.11     A candidate for the degree will be designated as full-time or part-time based on time to be given to the research. Typically, full-time candidature requires an average of thirty hours per week and part-time candidature requires an average of fifteen hours per week. These hours should preferably be achieved through regular weekly commitment, but they may be achieved through varying periods of more and less intensive work. Clear progress is expected in each semester of enrolment.

B.4.1.12     A candidate enrolled in the MPhil may apply for transfer to PhD or ThD candidature, using the Application to Transfer to a Different Research Degree, following satisfactory completion of 20,000 words of the thesis under the direction of the approved principal supervisor and associate supervisor; a record of having met MPhil regulations; and demonstration that the research is of a sufficient scope and depth to sustain a doctoral thesis. The application should be accompanied by a letter of recommendation from the principal supervisor. A candidate wishing to transfer to the DMin should meet the conditions for transfer to PhD or ThD and also discuss the implications with the Research Director and his supervisors, actual or potential. Applications are determined by the Research Committee. In the event that an application is refused and the student wishes to appeal the decision, the appeal will be referred to the Dean. In the event that the student remains unsatisfied with the outcome, the student may have recourse to formal grievance procedures available through the Dean, as set out in the Student Grievance Policy and Procedures. Period of candidature provisions for the relevant doctoral degree apply from the time of transfer. Allowance for time already spent in MPhil candidature will be determined by the Committee in relation to the stage already reached in the research, but the remaining period of doctoral candidature will be at least two semesters for full-time candidates and at least four semesters for part-time candidates.

B.4.2    Course Structure

B.4.2.1       All MPhil candidates proceed to the award by research and thesis alone.

B.4.2.2       Candidates pursue a program of advanced study and research approved by the Research Committee and submit a thesis embodying the results of the research. The thesis will form a fresh contribution to research in the area. The thesis is to be 30,000 words maximum, including footnotes/endnotes but excluding bibliography and appendices.

B.4.2.3       A candidate may not submit as the main content of the thesis any material that has previously been submitted for a degree, unless that material has been significantly reworked in the context of the thesis being submitted.

B.4.2.4       Not later than one semester after admission to provisional candidature for full-time candidates and two semesters for part-time candidates, the candidate will submit a formal Thesis Proposal for approval by the Research Committee. Following approval, the thesis topic may not be substantially varied except with the permission of the Research Committee.

B.4.2.5       The Research Committee appoints a principal supervisor and an associate supervisor to oversee the development of the thesis, and may determine any special arrangements for supervision. Normally, the principal supervisor will be a faculty member of the Sydney College of Divinity. In some cases the Sydney College of Divinity may appoint an external supervisor based in another reputable theological college or university. The associate supervisor may likewise be internal or external to the Sydney College of Divinity. In either case the principal supervisor must be research active according to the Research Active in the SCD Policy and the associate supervisor will normally be research active according to the Research Active in the SCD Policy.

B.4.2.6       As part of the program for the award of the MPhil the candidate is required to participate in the Research Seminars listed for each year of their candidature, and to present a paper at least once a year for full-time candidates and at least once every second year for part-time candidates. Ongoing enrolment in the award is subject to completing these requirements.

B.4.2.7       Candidates in their first year of enrolment must attend a Research Degree Workshop in addition to the Research Seminars.

B.4.2.8       All thesis proposals involving the gathering of personal information from people by surveys, interviews or case studies will be dealt with according to the policies and procedures of the Research Ethics Committee, which makes a recommendation to the Academic Board in consultation with the Research Committee. Ethics clearance is normally sought at the same time as submission of the formal Thesis Proposal. If the need to seek ethics clearance arises subsequently, as the need to gather personal information arises belatedly, the application for ethical clearance should be lodged promptly. Under no circumstances may those elements of the thesis relying on the gathering of personal information proceed before ethical clearance is granted.

B.4.2.9       All candidates are to nominate a ‘home library’ from amongst the libraries of the Member Institutions of the Sydney College of Divinity. The library will regularly receive a research grant to supplement its collection in the topic area of the candidate.

B.4.3    Period of Candidature

B.4.3.1       The period of candidature for the degree is one year full-time or two years part-time.

B.4.3.2       In certain circumstances the Research Committee may grant limited extensions of candidature upon application. The normal upper limits for extension are one semester for full-time candidates and two semesters for part-time candidates.

B.4.3.3       For serious reasons the Research Committee may grant a candidate leave of absence from the program. This leave will not normally exceed one semester. The period of leave is not counted in the period of candidature.

B.4.3.4       If the candidate discontinues or does not re-enrol, the candidate is required to apply for re-admission to the MPhil program. The Research Committee will process the application and may specify conditions for enrolment.

B.4.3.5       A candidate resuming after an absence must be enrolled for not less than one semester before being permitted to submit a thesis.

B.4.4    Monitoring of Candidature

B.4.4.1       Once a semester, and at any other time considered appropriate, the principal supervisor of the thesis will report to the Research Committee on the progress of the candidate using the Research Degree Progress Report form.

B.4.5    Termination of Candidature

B.4.5.1       If the Research Degree Progress Report describes the candidate’s progress as unsatisfactory and there is no advance within a semester, the Research Committee will ask the candidate to show cause why candidature should not be terminated. Unsatisfactory progress occurs when there is no evidence that production of the thesis has been advanced by identifiable further research, constructive meetings of the candidate with the supervisor, or written drafts, and where there are insufficient grounds for special consideration.

B.4.5.2       Any show-cause submission by the candidate will be considered by the Research Committee and the Committee’s recommendation will be forwarded to the Academic Board. The Committee may recommend the termination of candidature, continuation of candidature, or imposition of conditions on continuation of candidature.

B.4.5.3       If the candidate does not show cause, the Research Committee will recommend termination of candidature to the Academic Board.

B.4.5.4       Persons whose candidature has been terminated may have recourse to the appeals procedures set out in the Handbook under General Academic Regulations. The decision of the Appeals Committee is final.

B.4.6    Examination of Thesis

B.4.6.1       The candidate will submit to the Office of the Dean two copies of a thesis embodying the results of the candidate’s research. All copies of the thesis will be bound in temporary form. One copy in electronic form should be submitted to the Research Director, which will be placed in the SCD Institutional Repository. The length of the thesis will conform to the prescribed requirements. The thesis must be written and presented in accordance with the current guidelines for the preparation of a thesis.

B.4.6.2       The thesis must be the candidate’s own work, with no hint of plagiarism, must be written in English, and must reach a satisfactory standard of literary presentation.

B.4.6.3       Before a candidate may submit a thesis, the principal supervisor must sign a Certification of Thesis, to be submitted with the thesis, stating that the thesis conforms to the requirements of the regulations. If the supervisor does not so certify, the Research Committee will determine whether the thesis is to be submitted after having considered written submissions from the principal supervisor, the associate supervisor and the candidate.

B.4.6.4       The Research Committee appoints two expert examiners, both external to the Sydney College of Divinity, and may appoint additional examiners. Examiners will be expected to report in writing two months from the receipt of the thesis. An examiner will normally be replaced if the report is not received within three months.

B.4.6.5       The examiners will report in writing and make a recommendation that the thesis be placed in one of five categories:

a)  that the award be granted
b)  that minor amendments be made to the thesis to the satisfaction of the Research Committee
c)  that major amendments be made to the thesis to the satisfaction of the Research Committee
d)  that a significantly revised thesis be re-submitted for examination
e)  that the award not be granted.

B.4.6.6       In the event of a disagreement arising between examiners, the Research Committee may appoint a third examiner or may make a recommendation to the Academic Board of the Sydney College of Divinity.

B.4.6.7       The Research Committee may recommend that the candidate undergo an oral or written examination requested by the examiners or initiated by the Research Committee.

B.4.6.8       In the case of B.4.6.5 (b), (c) or (d), the Research Committee will determine the time to be allowed for completion or re-submission. In both cases, the candidate will re-enrol for the specified period.

B.4.6.9       In the event of a re-submission, the Research Committee may appoint the same examiners or may appoint one or more different examiners. The same examination process will apply except that examiners will be asked to make a recommendation in one of three categories:

  • that the award be granted
  • that minor amendments be made to the thesis to the satisfaction of the Research Committee
  • that the award not be granted.

 B.4.7    Examiners’ Reports

B.4.7.1       Candidates will be given a copy of the examiners’ reports at the completion of the examination process. Examiners’ names will be included unless a written request to the contrary has been received by the Office of the Dean.

B.4.8    Submission of the Completed Thesis

B.4.8.1       When any corrections as determined by the Research Committee in light of the examiners’ reports and the supervisor’s comments have been completed, two bound copies of the thesis and one electronic copy are to be submitted to the Office of the Dean. The bound copies are to conform to the guidelines for the presentation and binding of theses following examination.

B.4.8.2       One copy of the bound thesis will be deposited in the Sydney College of Divinity library designated by the candidate; the other bound copy   remains with the Office of the Dean; and the electronic copy in the SCD Institutional Repository. The copies will be available for consultation, loan, electronic distribution and photocopying forthwith. In exceptional cases the Research Committee, on application of the candidate, may determine that the thesis will not be available until after the expiry of a period, normally no longer than a year. The candidate holds copyright in the thesis and it is expected that any use made of it will be appropriately acknowledged by the user.

B.4.9    Saving Clause

B.9.9.1       Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained herein, the Academic Board of the Sydney College of Divinity may, in any case in which it may deem it appropriate to do so, vary, dispense with or suspend any requirement or prescription by these regulations, and report forthwith to the Council of the Sydney College of Divinity.


 

DMin Award Summary

Doctor of Ministry (DMin)
CRICOS : 063714M

 

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 preparation to undertake the proposed research in an area of ministry.

In exceptional cases, candidates may be admitted on the grounds of academic and/or professional attainments, including publications, in the theologically related area in which they wish to pursue research for the degree.

Notwithstanding the provisions above, the Sydney College of Divinity may require suitability for candidature to be demonstrated by such examination or other work as determined by the Sydney College of Divinity.

The Sydney College of Divinity will decline to accept an applicant if it cannot offer supervision in the proposed field of research.

Duration : 3-4 years full-time or 6-8 years part-time.
Students on an Australian Student Visa are required to study full-time.

Structure : The award is by coursework (20%) and research (80%).

Coursework Component

Two core 18 cpt units each, to be completed with at least a High Credit average before proceeding to the research component.

Research Component

Research and thesis of 60,000 words maximum including footnotes/endnotes but excluding bibliography and appendices, under the direction of a supervisor; and
compulsory participation in the Research Degree Workshop and the Research Seminars.

Some thesis topics may require competence in ancient and/or modern foreign languages or other relevant areas of knowledge such as statistics.

English Proficiency : Applicants whose entry qualifications were obtained in an institution where English is not the language of instruction require a minimum IELTS (or equivalent) score of 7.0 in all bands of the test.

Enrolment

Contact the Research Director at [email protected] Office of the Dean, Graduate Research School.

C.1    RATIONALE

The Doctor of Ministry meets the specifications for a Doctoral Degree (Professional) set by the Australian Qualifications Framework. It provides men and women with the opportunity to pursue advanced study in Christian Life and Ministry by research at the highest academic level in the context of professional practice, with supporting specialist coursework. It is designed for those who seek to expand their own understanding and develop new knowledge in professional ministry contexts, or for the personal transformation of the individual in  academic and vocational areas.

The Doctor of Ministry is undertaken by a combination of specialist coursework (20%) and research and thesis (80%).

The specialist coursework component enhances the candidate’s capacity for academic research in the context of professional practice and prepares the candidate to develop a specific Thesis Proposal. The research and thesis component provides the opportunity for the candidate to embark on a significant, extended piece of research, which investigates an area of Christian Life and Ministry in a systematic, creative and comprehensive manner. The research will contribute to knowledge in an original way.

Together, the specialist coursework and the research and thesis equip the person for advanced leadership in ministry and would also support an appropriate academic or professional career involving research.

C.2    LEARNING OUTCOMES

Graduates will have systematic and critical understanding of a complex field of learning in Christian Life and Ministry and specialized research skills for the advancement of learning in the field. They will have:

Knowledge

  • systematic and critical understanding of the chosen area of Christian Life and Ministry
  • mastery of a substantial body of knowledge at the frontier of knowledge in the field, including knowledge that constitutes an original contribution
  • expert understanding of theories pertaining to the field
  • substantial knowledge of research principles and methods applicable to the field

Skills

  • expert and specialized cognitive, creative, and technical skills in the field of research, so that they are able independently and authoritatively to:
  • critically evaluate existing knowledge and ideas pertaining to the field of research
  • systematically investigate and integrate other information potentially relevant to that field including potentially relevant theories
  • demonstrate and apply theoretical understanding of the field
  • develop or adapt research methodologies to extend existing understanding of the field
  • generate original knowledge in the field
  • communicate results of research cogently and appropriately to specialist and non-specialist audiences, using the English language competently and effectively for the purpose

Applications of Knowledge and Skills

  • as a practitioner or learner in relation to the inter-dependent building up of the church and good of the wider community, ongoing capacity to:
  • plan and execute a coherent, significant and original piece of research with intellectual independence and authority
  • generate significant and original knowledge in the field
  • contribute expertise to academic discourses in the field
  • take initiatives, think creatively and make innovations in new situations and/or undertake further learning
  • assume full responsibility and accountability for personal outputs
  • relate the skills gained to the professional practice of ministry
  • engage in the formation of ministers
  • contribute to the professional development of ministry leaders
  • assist ministers, including ministry leaders, to relate their theological awareness to the practical needs of people in the contemporary world.
C.3    GRADUATE ATTRIBUTES

DMin Graduates will:

  • Be able to identify, analyse and articulate problems and issues in discourses current in their academic, professional and social communities
  • Recognize the level of their own understanding
  • Demonstrate creativity and originality of thought in solving problems and dealing with complex and abstract conceptual matters, and seek resolutions in light of the common good
  • Be able to access information efficiently using the means most appropriate to purpose and context
  • Conduct themselves with academic integrity and rigour and exercise critical thinking in forming judgments
  • Work autonomously and with an open mind
  • Understand the distinction between information and argument and be adept in marshalling information as evidence in argument
  • Adopt and practise responsible values and attitudes as members of academic, professional and social communities, based in part on their experience as SCD research candidates
  • Be able to communicate their thinking coherently and effectively, with appropriate English proficiency, in public debate and printed word
  • Have confidence to engage in public discussions of faith and ethics
  • Appreciate and act on opportunities for lifelong learning and encourage others to recognize learning opportunities for themselves
  • Be willing to assume high-level leadership in their academic, professional and social communities as needed
C.4    ACADEMIC REGULATIONS

The Academic Regulations below must be read in conjunction with Common Elements for Research Awards.

C.4.1    Admission to Candidature

C.4.1.1       The Sydney College of Divinity may admit to candidature in the DMin those persons who have attained:

(a)  A Bachelor (Hons) degree or equivalent with results at Class II from the Sydney College of Divinity or an equivalent institution; or

(b)  A Graduate Diploma with a GPA of 2.8+ and one 18 cpt research unit at High Credit level from the Sydney College of Divinity or an equivalent institution; or

(c)  Qualifications deemed by the Sydney College of Divinity to be equivalent to or higher than those above;

AND have at least four years’ full-time or equivalent part-time certified experience in ministry.

In all cases, prior studies should include sufficient preparation to undertake the proposed coursework and research related to Christian Life and Ministry.

C.4.1.2       In exceptional cases, candidates may be admitted on the grounds of academic and/or professional attainments, including publications, in the area of Christian Life and Ministry to which their coursework will be aligned and in which they wish to pursue the research.

C.4.1.3       Notwithstanding the provisions above, the Sydney College of Divinity may require suitability for candidature to be demonstrated by such examination or other work as determined by the Sydney College of Divinity.

C.4.1.4       The Sydney College of Divinity will decline to accept an applicant if it cannot offer supervision in the proposed field of research.

C.4.1.5       Applicants must submit together with their application:

(i)   a Summary of Research Intentions, sufficient for the Research Committee to determine the general suitability of the topic and availability of appropriate resources and supervision;

(ii)  a Certification of Experience in Ministry.

C.4.1.6       Applicants whose entry qualifications were obtained in an institution where English is not the language of instruction will be required to demonstrate competency in English by an IELTS result of 7.0 in all bands of the test and may be required to attend such English language courses as prescribed by the Sydney College of Divinity.

C.4.1.7       Applicants will be required to show evidence of competence in ancient and/or modern languages, in order to access primary sources and/or significant secondary works relevant to their thesis topic, and competence in any other relevant area of knowledge, such as statistics. Any language or other requirements will be determined after advice from the Research Committee at the time of application and subsequently in consultation with the proposed supervisor.

C.4.1.8       Candidates for the DMin are admitted directly into the coursework component. When this is completed with at least a High Credit average, candidature continues into the research and thesis component on a provisional basis until approval of the formal Thesis Proposal, which should be submitted no later than one semester from completion of coursework for a full-time candidate or two semesters for a part-time candidate for approval by the Research Committee in order to continue their candidature. This proposal may not be substantially changed after acceptance without application to the Research Committee.

C.4.1.9       No candidate for the DMin may be concurrently enrolled in any other undergraduate or postgraduate course within the Sydney College of Divinity or any other tertiary institution, except in the case that, on the recommendation of the supervisor, a candidate may be directed to undertake one or more individual units of study on a non-award basis in order to attain a competence emerging as appropriate to the most effective pursuance of the DMin research.

C.4.1.10     Candidates for the program are registered with the Sydney College of Divinity through the Office of the Dean.

C.4.1.11     A candidate for the degree will be designated as full-time or part-time based on time to be given to the coursework and research. Typically, full-time candidature requires an average of thirty hours per week and part-time candidature requires an average of fifteen hours per week. These hours should preferably be achieved through regular weekly commitment, but they may be achieved through varying periods of more and less intensive work. Clear progress is expected in each semester of enrolment.

C.4.1.12     A candidate enrolled in the MPhil may apply for transfer to DMin candidature, following discussion with the Research Director, using the Application to Transfer to a Different Research Degree, following satisfactory completion of 20,000 words of the thesis under the direction of the approved principal supervisor and associate supervisor; a record of having met MPhil regulations; and demonstration that the research is of a sufficient scope and depth to sustain a doctoral thesis. The application should be accompanied by a letter of recommendation from the principal supervisor. Applications are determined by the Research Committee. In the event that an application is refused and the student wishes to appeal the decision, the appeal will be referred to the Dean. In the event that the student remains unsatisfied with the outcome, the student may have recourse to formal grievance procedures available through the Dean, as set out in the Student Grievance Policy and Procedures. Period of candidature provisions for the DMin degree apply from the time of transfer. Allowance for time already spent in MPhil candidature will be determined by the Research Committee in relation to the stage already reached in the research, but the remaining period of doctoral candidature will be at least two semesters for full-time candidates and at least four semesters for part-time candidates.

C.4.2    Course Structure

C.4.2.1       (a) All DMin candidates proceed to the award by coursework (20%) and research and thesis (80%).

(b) The coursework component consists of two 18 cpt units, which must be completed with at least a High Credit average. The two units are designed to familiarize students with:

  • contemporary theology of ministry at specialist level;
  • contemporary scholarship in key areas of ministry at specialist level;
  • applied research methodologies;

and to provide students with the tools to develop their Summary of Research Intentions into a formal Thesis Proposal.

The two units are:

R10001   Pastoral and Practical Theology: Hermeneutics and Methodological Paradigms
R10002   Research Settings in Pastoral and Practical Theology

All candidates begin the coursework at the beginning of the academic year. Full-time candidates do both units in the first semester of enrolment; part-time candidates do R10001 in the first semester and R10002 in the second semester.

(c) If the required result is not achieved in the coursework, the candidate will be informed that he or she may not proceed to the research and thesis stage. If the coursework has been passed the candidate may be offered transfer to a postgraduate coursework program with credit for the two 18 cpt units or, if appropriate, the MPhil (without credit). Period of candidature provisions for the award apply from the time of transfer.

C.4.2.2       Candidates who have achieved the required result continue their candidature with research approved by the Research Committee and submit a thesis embodying the results of the research. The thesis will form an original contribution to research in the area. The thesis is to be 60,000 words maximum, including footnotes/endnotes but excluding bibliography and appendices.

C.4.2.3       A candidate may not submit as the main content of the thesis any material that has previously been submitted for a degree, unless that material has been significantly reworked in the context of the thesis being submitted.

C.4.2.4       Not later than one semester after satisfactory completion of the coursework component for full-time candidates or two semesters for part-time candidates, the candidate will submit a formal Thesis Proposal for approval by the Research Committee. Following approval, the thesis topic may not be substantially varied except with the permission of the Research Committee.

C.4.2.5       The Research Committee appoints a principal supervisor and an associate supervisor to oversee the development of the thesis, and may determine any special arrangements for supervision. Normally, the principal supervisor will be a faculty member of the Sydney College of Divinity. In some cases the Sydney College of Divinity may appoint an external supervisor based in another reputable theological college or university. The associate supervisor may likewise be internal or external to the Sydney College of Divinity. In either case the principal supervisor must be research active according to the Research Active in the SCD Policy The associate supervisor may be either an academic, normally identified as research active according to the Research Active in the SCD Policy, or a recognized expert professional in a field of ministry.

C.4.2.6       As part of the program for the award of the DMin, upon entering the research and thesis component of the program the candidate is required to participate in the Research Seminars listed for each year of their candidature, and to present a paper at least once a year for full-time candidates and at least once every second year for part-time candidates. Ongoing enrolment in the award is subject to completing these requirements.

C.4.2.7       Candidates in their first year of enrolment must attend a Research Degree Workshop in addition to the Research Seminars, provided that they have not previously attended such a seminar with the Sydney College of Divinity as part of a previous award. Regardless of such previous attendance, they may be required to attend those parts of the Workshop considered relevant to their current research.

C.4.2.8       All thesis proposals involving the gathering of personal information from people by surveys, interviews or case studies will be dealt with according to the policies and procedures of the Research Ethics Committee, which makes a recommendation to the Academic Board in consultation with the Research Committee. Ethics clearance is normally sought at the same time as submission of the formal Thesis Proposal. If the need to seek ethics clearance arises subsequently, as the need to gather personal information arises belatedly, the application for ethical clearance should be lodged promptly. Under no circumstances may those elements of the thesis relying on the gathering of personal information proceed before ethical clearance is granted.

C.4.2.9       All candidates are to nominate a ‘home library’ from amongst the libraries of the Member Institutions of the Sydney College of Divinity. The library will regularly receive a research grant to supplement its collection in the topic area of the candidate.

C.4.3    Period of Candidature

C.4.3.1       (a) The period of candidature for the degree is normally be three to four years full-time or six to eight years part-time. The coursework units will be completed with at least a High Credit average before the thesis may be undertaken. The two units will both be taken in the first semester of enrolment in the case of full-time candidature or successively in the first and second semester of enrolment in the case of part-time candidature.

(b) If the required result is not achieved in the coursework, the candidate will be informed that he or she may not proceed to the research and thesis stage. If the coursework has been passed the candidate may be offered transfer to a postgraduate coursework program with credit for the two 18 cpt units or, if appropriate, the MPhil (without credit).

C.4.3.2       In certain circumstances the Research Committee may grant limited extensions of candidature upon application. The normal upper limits for extension are one semester for full-time candidates and two semesters for part-time candidates.

C.4.3.3       For serious reasons the Research Committee may grant a candidate leave of absence from the program. This leave will not normally exceed one semester. The period of leave is not counted in the period of candidature.

C.4.3.4       If the candidate discontinues or does not re-enrol, the candidate is required to apply for re-admission to the DMin program. The Research Committee will process the application and may specify conditions for enrolment.

C.4.3.5       A candidate resuming after an absence will be enrolled for not less than one semester before being permitted to submit a thesis.

C.4.4    Monitoring of Candidature

C.4.4.1       Once a semester, and at any other time considered appropriate, the principal supervisor of the thesis will report to the Research Committee on the progress of the candidate using the Research Degree Progress Report form.

C.4.5    Termination of Candidature

C.4.5.1       If the Research Degree Progress Report describes the candidate’s progress as unsatisfactory and there is no advance within a semester, the Research Committee will ask the candidate to show cause why candidature should not be terminated. Unsatisfactory progress occurs when there is no evidence that production of the thesis has been advanced by identifiable further research, constructive meetings of the candidate with the supervisor, or written drafts, and where there are insufficient grounds for special consideration.

C.4.5.2       Any show-cause submission by the candidate will be considered by the Research Committee and the Committee’s recommendation will be forwarded to the Academic Board. The Committee may recommend the termination of candidature, continuation of candidature, or imposition of conditions on continuation of candidature.

C.4.5.3       If the candidate does not show cause, the Research Committee will recommend termination of candidature to the Academic Board.

C.4.5.4       Persons whose candidature has been terminated may have recourse to the appeals procedures set out in the Handbook under General Academic Regulations. The decision of the Appeals Committee is final.

C.4.6    Examination of Thesis

C.4.6.1       The candidate will submit to the Office of the Dean three copies of a thesis embodying the results of the candidate’s research. All copies of the thesis will be bound in temporary form. One copy in electronic form should be submitted to the Research Director, which will be placed in the SCD Institutional Repository. The length of the thesis will conform to the prescribed requirements. The thesis must be written and presented in accordance with the current guidelines for the preparation of a thesis.

C.4.6.2       The thesis must be the candidate’s own work, with no hint of plagiarism, must be written in English, and must reach a satisfactory standard of literary presentation.

C.4.6.3       Before a candidate may submit a thesis, the principal supervisor must sign a Certification of Thesis, to be submitted with the thesis, stating that the thesis conforms to the requirements of the regulations. If the supervisor does not so certify, the Research Committee will determine whether the thesis is to be submitted after having considered written submissions from the principal supervisor, the associate supervisor and the candidate.

C.4.6.4       The Research Committee appoints three expert examiners, all external to the Sydney College of Divinity, at least two of international standing, and may appoint additional examiners. Examiners will be expected to report in writing two months from the receipt of the thesis. An examiner will normally be replaced if the report is not received within three months.

C.4.6.5       The examiners will report in writing and make a recommendation that the thesis be placed in one of five categories:

a)  that the award be granted
b)  that minor amendments be made to the thesis to the satisfaction of the Research Committee
c)  that major amendments be made to the thesis to the satisfaction of the Research Committee
d)  that a significantly revised thesis be re-submitted for examination
e)  that the award not be granted.

C.4.6.6       In the event of a disagreement arising amongst examiners, the Research Committee may appoint a fourth examiner or may make a recommendation to the Academic Board of the Sydney College of Divinity.

C.4.6.7       The Research Committee may recommend that the candidate undergo an oral or written examination requested by the examiners or initiated by the Research  Committee.

C.4.6.8       In the case of C.4.6.5 (b), (c) or (d), the Research Committee will determine the time to be allowed for completion or re-submission. In both cases, the candidate will re-enrol for the specified period.

C.4.6.9       In the event of a re-submission, the Research Committee may appoint the same examiners or may appoint one or more different examiners. The same examination process will apply except that examiners will be asked to make a recommendation in one of three categories:

  • that the award be granted
  • that minor amendments be made to the thesis to the satisfaction of the Research Committee
  • that the award not be granted.

C.4.7    Examiners’ Reports

C.4.7.1       Candidates will be given a copy of the examiners’ reports at the completion of the examination process. Examiners’ names will be included unless a written request to the contrary has been received by the Office of the Dean.

C.4.8    Submission of the Completed Thesis

C.4.8.1       When any corrections as determined by the Research Committee in light of the examiners’ reports have been completed, two bound copies of the thesis and one electronic copy are to be submitted to the Office of the Dean.  The bound copies are to conform to the guidelines for the presentation and binding of theses following examination.

C.4.8.2       One copy of the bound thesis will be deposited in the Sydney College of Divinity library designated by the candidate; the other bound copy remains with the Office of the Dean; and the electronic copy is with the SCD Institutional Repository. The copies will be available for consultation, loan, electronic distribution and photocopying forthwith. In exceptional cases the Research Committee, on application of the candidate, may determine that the thesis will not be available until after the expiry of a period, normally no longer than a year. The candidate holds copyright in the thesis and it is expected that any use made of it will be appropriately acknowledged by the user.

 C.4.9    Saving Clause

C.4.9.1       Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained herein, the Academic Board of the Sydney College of Divinity may, in any case in which it may deem it appropriate to do so, vary, dispense with or suspend any requirement or prescription by these regulations, and report forthwith to the Council of the Sydney College of Divinity.


PhD Award Summary

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
CRISCOS : 063715K

 

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 cases, candidates may be admitted on the grounds of academic and/or professional attainments, including publications, in the theologically related area in which they wish to pursue research for the degree.

Notwithstanding the provisions above, the Sydney College of Divinity may require suitability for candidature to be demonstrated by such examination or other work as determined by the Sydney College of Divinity.

The Sydney College of Divinity will decline to accept an applicant if it cannot offer supervision in the proposed field of research.

Duration : 3-4 years full-time or 6-8 years part-time.
International students on an Australia Student Visa are required to study full-time.

Structure : Research and thesis of 80,000 words maximum, including footnotes/endnotes but excluding bibliography and appendices, under the direction of a supervisor; and
compulsory participation in the Research Degree Workshop and Research Seminars.

Some thesis topics may require competence in ancient and/or modern foreign languages or other relevant areas of knowledge.

English Proficiency : Applicants whose entry qualifications were obtained in an institution where English is not the language of instruction require a minimum IELTS (or equivalent) score of 7.0 in all bands of the test.

Enrolment

Contact the Research Director at [email protected] Office of the Dean, Graduate Research School.

D.1    RATIONALE

The Doctor of Philosophy meets the specifications for a Doctoral Degree (Research) set by the Australian Qualifications Framework. It provides men and women with the opportunity to pursue advanced study in a theologically related area by research at the highest academic level. It is designed for those who seek to further their study in such an area, including interdisciplinary study, for academic, vocational, professional and/or personal reasons. It also offers research training and experience that would support an academic or professional career involving research.

The Doctor of Philosophy is undertaken by research and thesis alone. It provides the opportunity for candidates to embark on a significant, extended piece of research, which investigates a theologically related topic in a systematic, creative and comprehensive manner that is not available in coursework programs. The research will contribute to knowledge in an original way.

D.2    LEARNING OUTCOMES

Graduates will have systematic and critical understanding of a complex field of theologically related learning and specialized research skills for the advancement of learning in the field. They will have:

Knowledge

  • systematic and critical understanding of the chosen theologically related area
  • mastery of a substantial body of knowledge at the frontier of knowledge in the field, including knowledge that constitutes an original contribution
  • expert understanding of theories pertaining to the field
  • substantial knowledge of research principles and methods applicable to the field

Skills

  • expert and specialized cognitive, creative, and technical skills in the field of research, so that they are able independently and authoritatively to:
  • critically evaluate existing knowledge and ideas pertaining to the field of research
  • systematically investigate and integrate other information potentially relevant to that field including potentially relevant theories
  • demonstrate and apply theoretical understanding of the field
  • develop or adapt research methodologies to extend existing understanding of the field
  • communicate results of research cogently and appropriately to specialist and non-specialist audiences, using the English language competently and effectively for the purpose

Applications of Knowledge and Skills

  • as a practitioner or learner in relation to the inter-dependent building up of the church and good of the wider community, ongoing capacity to:
  • plan and execute a coherent, significant and original piece of research with intellectual independence and authority
  • generate significant and original knowledge in the field
  • contribute expertise to academic discourses in the field
  • take initiatives, think creatively and make innovations in new situations and/or undertake further learning
  • assume full responsibility and accountability for personal outputs
D.3    GRADUATE ATTRIBUTES

PhD Graduates will:

  • Be able to identify, analyse and articulate problems and issues in discourses current in their academic, professional and social communities
  • Recognize the level of their own understanding
  • Demonstrate creativity and originality of thought in solving problems and dealing with complex and abstract conceptual matters
  • Be able to access information efficiently using the means most appropriate to purpose and context
  • Conduct themselves with academic integrity and rigour and exercise critical thinking in forming judgments
  • Work autonomously and with an open mind
  • Understand the distinction between information and argument and be adept in marshalling information as evidence in argument
  • Adopt and practise responsible values and attitudes as members of academic, professional and social communities, based in part on their experience as SCD research candidates
  • Be able to communicate their thinking coherently and effectively, with appropriate English proficiency, in public debate and printed word
  • Have confidence to engage in public discussions of faith and ethics
  • Appreciate and act on opportunities for lifelong learning and encourage others to recognize learning opportunities for themselves
  • Be willing to assume high-level leadership in their academic, professional and social communities as needed
D.4    ACADEMIC REGULATIONS

The Academic Regulations below must be read in conjunction with Common Elements for Research Awards

D.4.1    Admission to Candidature

D.4.1.1       The Sydney College of Divinity may admit to candidature in the PhD those persons who have attained:

(a)  A Bachelor (Hons) degree or equivalent with results at Class II, Division 1, from the Sydney College of Divinity or an equivalent institution; or

(b)  A Graduate Diploma with a GPA of 3+ and one 18 cpt research unit at Distinction level from the Sydney College of Divinity or an equivalent institution; or

(c)  Qualifications deemed by the Sydney College of Divinity to be equivalent to or higher than those above.

In all cases, prior studies should include sufficient preparation to undertake the proposed research in a theologically related area.

D.4.1.2       In exceptional cases, candidates may be admitted on the grounds of academic and/or professional attainments, including publications, in the theologically related area in which they wish to pursue the research.

D.4.1.3       Notwithstanding the provisions above, the Sydney College of Divinity may require suitability for candidature to be demonstrated by such examination or other work as determined by the Sydney College of Divinity.

D.4.1.4       The Sydney College of Divinity will decline to accept an applicant if it cannot offer supervision in the proposed field of research.

D.4.1.5       Applicants must submit together with their application a Summary of Research Intentions, sufficient for the Research Committee to determine the general suitability of the topic and availability of appropriate resources and supervision.

D.4.1.6       Applicants whose entry qualifications were obtained in an institution where English is not the language of instruction will be required to demonstrate competency in English by an IELTS result of 7.0 in all bands of the test and may be required to attend such English language courses as prescribed by the Sydney College of Divinity.

D.4.1.7       Applicants will be required to show evidence of competence in ancient and/or modern languages, in order to access primary sources and/or significant secondary works relevant to their thesis topic, and competence in any other relevant area of knowledge. Any language or other requirements will be determined after advice from the Research Committee at the time of application and subsequently in consultation with the proposed supervisor.

D.4.1.8       Candidates for the PhD are admitted provisionally on the basis of approval of the Summary of Research Intentions. Candidates must submit a formal Thesis Proposal no later than one semester from admission for a full-time candidate or two semesters for a part-time candidate for approval by the Research Committee in order to continue their candidature. This proposal may not be substantially changed after acceptance without application to the Research Committee.

D.4.1.9       No candidate for the PhD may be concurrently enrolled in any other undergraduate or postgraduate course within the Sydney College of Divinity or any other tertiary institution, except in the case that, on the recommendation of the supervisor, a candidate may be directed to undertake one or more individual units of study on a non-award basis in order to attain a competence emerging as appropriate to the most effective pursuance of the PhD research.

D.4.1.10     Candidates for the program are registered with the Sydney College of Divinity through the Office of the Dean.

D.4.1.11     A candidate for the degree will be designated as full-time or part-time based on time to be given to the research. Typically, full-time candidature requires an average of thirty hours per week and part-time candidature requires an average of fifteen hours per week. These hours should preferably be achieved through regular weekly commitment, but they may be achieved through varying periods of more and less intensive work. Clear progress is expected in each semester of enrolment.

D.4.1.12     A candidate enrolled in the MPhil may apply for transfer to PhD candidature, using the Application to Transfer to a Different Research Degree, following satisfactory completion of 20,000 words of the thesis under the direction of the approved principal supervisor and associate supervisor; a record of having met MPhil regulations; and demonstration that the research is of a sufficient scope and depth to sustain a doctoral thesis. The application should be accompanied by a letter of recommendation from the principal supervisor. Applications are determined by the Research Committee. In the event that an application is refused and the student wishes to appeal the decision, the appeal will be referred to the Dean. In the event that the student remains unsatisfied with the outcome, the student may have recourse to formal grievance procedures available through the Dean, as set out in the Student Grievance Policy and Procedures. Period of candidature provisions for the PhD degree apply from the time of transfer. Allowance for time already spent in MPhil candidature will be determined by the Research Committee in relation to the stage already reached in the research, but the remaining period of doctoral candidature will be at least two semesters for full-time candidates and at least four semesters for part-time candidates.

D.4.2    Course Structure

D.4.2.1       All PhD candidates proceed to the award by research and thesis alone.

D.4.2.2       Candidates pursue a program of advanced study and research approved by the Research Committee and submit a thesis embodying the results of the research. The thesis will form an original contribution to research in the area. The thesis is to be 80,000 words maximum, including footnotes/endnotes but excluding bibliography and appendices.

D.4.2.3       A candidate may not submit as the main content of the thesis any material that has previously been submitted for a degree, unless that material has been significantly reworked in the context of the thesis being submitted.

D.4.2.4       Not later than one semester after admission to provisional candidature for full-time candidates and two semesters for part-time candidates, the candidate will submit a formal Thesis Proposal for approval by the Research Committee. Following approval, the thesis topic may not be substantially varied except with the permission of the Research Committee.

D.4.2.5       The Research Committee appoints a principal supervisor and an associate supervisor to oversee the development of the thesis, and may determine any special arrangements for supervision. Normally, the principal supervisor will be a faculty member of the Sydney College of Divinity. In some cases the Sydney College of Divinity may appoint an external supervisor based in another reputable theological college or university. The associate supervisor may likewise be internal or external to the Sydney College of Divinity. In either case the principal supervisor must be research active according to the Research Active in the SCD Policy and the associate supervisor will normally be research active according to the Research Active in the SCD Policy.

D.4.2.6       As part of the program for the award of the PhD the candidate is required to participate in the Research Seminars listed for each year of their candidature, and to present a paper at least once a year for full-time candidates and at least once every second year for part-time candidates. Ongoing enrolment in the award is subject to completing these requirements.

D.4.2.7       Candidates in their first year of enrolment must attend a Research Degree Workshop in addition to the Research Seminars, provided that they have not previously attended such a seminar with the Sydney College of Divinity as part of a previous award. Regardless of such previous attendance, they may be required to attend those parts of the Workshop considered relevant to their current research.

D.4.2.8       All thesis proposals involving the gathering of personal information from people by surveys, interviews or case studies will be dealt with according to the policies and procedures of the Research Ethics Committee, which makes a recommendation to the Academic Board in consultation with the Research Committee. Ethics clearance is normally sought at the same time as submission of the formal Thesis Proposal. If the need to seek ethics clearance arises subsequently, as the need to gather personal information arises belatedly, the application for ethical clearance should be lodged promptly. Under no circumstances may those elements of the thesis relying on the gathering of personal information proceed before ethical clearance is granted.

D.4.2.9       All candidates are to nominate a ‘home library’ from amongst the libraries of the Member Institutions of the Sydney College of Divinity. The library will regularly receive a research grant to supplement its collection in the topic area of the candidate.

D.4.3    Period of Candidature

D.4.3.1       The period of candidature for the degree is normally be three to four years full-time or six to eight years part-time.

D.4.3.2       In certain circumstances the Research Committee may grant limited extensions of candidature upon application. The normal upper limits for extension are one semester for full-time candidates and two semesters for part-time candidates.

D.4.3.3       For serious reasons the Research Committee may grant a candidate leave of absence from the program. This leave will not normally exceed one semester. The period of leave is not counted in the period of candidature.

D.4.3.4       If the candidate discontinues or does not re-enrol, the candidate is required to apply for re-admission to the PhD program. The Research Committee will process the application and may specify conditions for enrolment.

D.4.3.5       A candidate resuming after an absence will be enrolled for not less than one semester before being permitted to submit a thesis.

D.4.4    Monitoring of Candidature

D.4.4.1       Once a semester, and at any other time considered appropriate, the principal supervisor of the thesis will report to the Research Committee on the progress of the candidate using the Research Degree Progress Report form.

D.4.5    Termination of Candidature

D.4.5.1       If the Research Degree Progress Report describes the candidate’s progress as unsatisfactory and there is no advance within a semester, the Research Committee will ask the candidate to show cause why candidature should not be terminated. Unsatisfactory progress occurs when there is no evidence that production of the thesis has been advanced by identifiable further research, constructive meetings of the candidate with the supervisor, or written drafts, and where there are insufficient grounds for special consideration.

D.4.5.2       Any show-cause submission by the candidate will be considered by the Research Committee and the Committee’s recommendation will be forwarded to the Academic Board. The Committee may recommend the termination of candidature, continuation of candidature, or imposition of conditions on continuation of candidature.

D.4.5.3       If the candidate does not show cause, the Research Committee will recommend termination of candidature to the Academic Board.

D.4.5.4       Persons whose candidature has been terminated may have recourse to the appeals procedures set out in the Handbook under General Academic Regulations. The decision of the Appeals Committee is final.

D.4.6    Examination of Thesis

D.4.6.1       The candidate will submit to the Office of the Dean three copies of a thesis embodying the results of the candidate’s research. All copies of the thesis will be bound in temporary form. One copy in electronic form should be submitted to the Research Director, which will be placed in the SCD Institutional Repository. The length of the thesis will conform to the prescribed requirements. The thesis must be written and presented in accordance with the current guidelines for the preparation of a thesis.

D.4.6.2       The thesis must be the candidate’s own work, with no hint of plagiarism, must be written in English, and must reach a satisfactory standard of literary presentation.

D.4.6.3       Before a candidate may submit a thesis, the principal supervisor must sign a Certification of Thesis, to be submitted with the thesis, stating that the thesis conforms to the requirements of the regulations. If the supervisor does not so certify, the Research Committee will determine whether the thesis is to be submitted after having considered written submissions from the principal supervisor, the associate supervisor and the candidate.

D.4.6.4       The Research Committee appoints three expert examiners, all external to the Sydney College of Divinity, at least two of international standing, and may appoint additional examiners. Examiners will be expected to report in writing two months from the receipt of the thesis. An examiner will normally be replaced if the report is not received within three months.

D.4.6.5       The examiners will report in writing and make a recommendation that the thesis be placed in one of five categories:

(a) that the award be granted
(b) that minor amendments be made to the thesis to the satisfaction of the Research Committee
(c) that major amendments be made to the thesis to the satisfaction of the Research Committee
(d) that a significantly revised thesis be re-submitted for examination
(e)  that the award not be granted.

D.4.6.6       In the event of a disagreement arising amongst examiners, the Research Committee may appoint a fourth examiner or may make a recommendation to the Academic Board of the Sydney College of Divinity.

D.4.6.7       The Research Committee may recommend that the candidate undergo an oral or written examination requested by the examiners or initiated by the Research Committee.

D.4.6.8       In the case of D.4.6.5 (b), (c) or (d), the Research Committee will determine the time to be allowed for completion or re-submission. In both cases, the candidate will re-enrol for the specified period.

D.4.6.9       In the event of a re-submission, the Research Committee may appoint the same examiners or may appoint one or more different examiners. The same examination process will apply except that examiners will be asked to make a recommendation in one of three categories:

  • that the award be granted
  • that minor amendments be made to the thesis to the satisfaction of the Research Committee
  • that the award not be granted.

D.4.7    Examiners’ Reports

D.4.7.1       Candidates will be given a copy of the examiners’ reports at the completion of the examination process. Examiners’ names will be included unless a written request to the contrary has been received by the Office of the Dean.

D.4.8    Submission of the Completed Thesis

D.4.8.1       When any corrections as determined by the Research Committee in light of the examiners’ reports have been completed, two bound copies of the thesis and one electronic copy are to be submitted to the Office of the Dean.  The bound copies are to conform to the guidelines for the presentation and binding of theses following examination.

D.4.8.2       One copy of the bound thesis will be deposited in the Sydney College of Divinity library designated by the candidate; the other bound copy remains with the Office of the Dean; and the electronic copy in the SCD Institutional Repository. The copies will be available for consultation, loan, electronic distribution and photocopying forthwith. In exceptional cases the Research Committee, on application of the candidate, may determine that the thesis will not be available until after the expiry of a period, normally no longer than a year. The candidate holds copyright in the thesis and it is expected that any use made of it will be appropriately acknowledged by the user.

D.4.9    Saving Clause

D.4.9.1     Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained herein, the Academic Board of the Sydney College of Divinity may, in any case in which it may deem it appropriate to do so, vary, dispense with or suspend any requirement or prescription by these regulations, and report forthwith to the Council of the Sydney College of Divinity.


 

ThD Award Summary

Doctor of Theology (ThD)
CRICOS : 063716J

 

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 cases, candidates may be admitted on the grounds of academic and/or professional attainments, including publications, in the theological discipline in which they wish to pursue research for the degree.

Notwithstanding the provisions above, the Sydney College of Divinity may require suitability for candidature to be demonstrated by such examination or other work as determined by the Sydney College of Divinity.

The Sydney College of Divinity will decline to accept an applicant if it cannot offer supervision in the proposed field of research.

Duration : 3-4 years full-time or 6-8 years part-time.
International students on an Australia Student Visa are required to study full-time.

Structure : Research and thesis of 80,000 words maximum, including footnotes/endnotes but excluding bibliography and appendices, under the direction of a supervisor; and
compulsory participation in the Research Degree Workshop and Research Seminars.

Some thesis topics may require competence in ancient and/or modern foreign languages or other relevant areas of knowledge.

English Proficiency : Applicants whose entry qualifications were obtained in an institution where English is not the language of instruction require a minimum IELTS (or equivalent) score of 7.0 in all bands of the test.

Enrolment

Contact the Research Director at [email protected] Office of the Dean, Graduate Research School.

E.1    RATIONALE

The Doctor of Theology meets the specifications for a Doctoral Degree (Research) set by the Australian Qualifications Framework. It provides men and women with the opportunity to pursue advanced study in a theological discipline by research at the highest academic level. It is designed for those who seek to expand their own understanding and develop new knowledge in theology for academic, vocational, professional and/or personal reasons. It also offers research training and experience that would support an academic or professional career involving research.

The Doctor of Theology is undertaken by research and thesis alone. It provides the opportunity for candidates to embark on a significant, extended piece of research, which investigates a theological topic in a systematic, creative and comprehensive manner that is not available in coursework programs. The research will contribute to knowledge in an original way.

E.2    LEARNING OUTCOMES

Graduates will have systematic and critical understanding of a complex field of theological learning and specialized research skills for the advancement of learning in the field. They will have:

Knowledge

  • systematic and critical understanding of the chosen theological field
  • mastery of a substantial body of knowledge at the frontier of knowledge in the field, including knowledge that constitutes an original contribution
  • expert understanding of theories pertaining to the field
  • substantial knowledge of research principles and methods applicable to the field

Skills

  • expert and specialized cognitive, creative, and technical skills in the field of research, so that they are able independently and authoritatively to:
  • critically evaluate existing knowledge and ideas pertaining to the field of research
  • systematically investigate and integrate other information potentially relevant to the field including potentially relevant theories
  • demonstrate and apply theoretical understanding of the field
  • develop or adapt research methodologies to extend existing understanding of the field
  • communicate results of research cogently and appropriately to specialist and non-specialist audiences, using the English language competently and effectively for the purpose

Applications of Knowledge and Skills

  • as a practitioner or learner in relation to the inter-dependent building up of the church and good of the wider community, ongoing capacity to:
  • plan and execute a coherent, significant and original piece of research with intellectual independence and authority
  • generate significant and original knowledge in the field
  • contribute expertise to academic discourses in the field
  • take initiatives, think creatively and make innovations in new situations and/or undertake further learning
  • assume full responsibility and accountability for personal outputs
E.3    GRADUATE ATTRIBUTES

ThD Graduates will:

  • Be able to identify, analyse and articulate problems and issues in discourses current in their academic, professional and social communities
  • Recognize the level of their own understanding
  • Demonstrate creativity and originality of thought in solving problems and dealing with complex and abstract conceptual matters
  • Be able to access information efficiently using the means most appropriate to purpose and context
  • Conduct themselves with academic integrity and rigour and exercise critical thinking in forming judgments
  • Work autonomously and with an open mind
  • Understand the distinction between information and argument and be adept in marshalling information as evidence in argument
  • Adopt and practise responsible values and attitudes as members of academic, professional and social communities, based in part on their experience as SCD research candidates
  • Be able to communicate their thinking coherently and effectively, with appropriate English proficiency, in public debate and printed word
  • Have confidence to engage in public discussions of faith and ethics
  • Appreciate and act on opportunities for lifelong learning and encourage others to recognize learning opportunities for themselves
  • Be willing to assume high-level leadership in their academic, professional and social communities as needed
E.4    ACADEMIC REGULATIONS

The Academic Regulations below must be read in conjunction with Common Elements for Research Awards.

E.4.1    Admission to Candidature

E.4.1.1       The Sydney College of Divinity may admit to candidature in the ThD those persons who have attained:

(a)  A Bachelor (Hons) degree or equivalent with results at Class II, Division 1, from the Sydney College of Divinity or an equivalent institution; or

(b)  A Graduate Diploma with a GPA of 3+ and one 18 cpt research unit at Distinction level from the Sydney College of Divinity or an equivalent institution; or

(c)  Qualifications deemed by the Sydney College of Divinity to be equivalent to or higher than those above.

In all cases, prior studies should include sufficient preparation to undertake the proposed research in a theological discipline.

E.4.1.2       In exceptional cases, candidates may be admitted on the grounds of academic and/or professional attainments, including publications, in the theological discipline in which they wish to pursue the research.

E.4.1.3       Notwithstanding the provisions above, the Sydney College of Divinity may require suitability for candidature to be demonstrated by such examination or other work as determined by the Sydney College of Divinity.

E.4.1.4       The Sydney College of Divinity will decline to accept an applicant if it cannot offer supervision in the proposed field of research.

E.4.1.5       Applicants must submit together with their application a Summary of Research Intentions, sufficient for the Research Committee to determine the general suitability of the topic and availability of appropriate resources and supervision.

E.4.1.6       Applicants whose entry qualifications were obtained in an institution where English is not the language of instruction will be required to demonstrate competency in English by an IELTS result of 7.0 in all bands of the test and may be required to attend such English language courses as prescribed by the Sydney College of Divinity.

E.4.1.7       Applicants will be required to show evidence of competence in ancient and/or modern languages, in order to access primary sources and/or significant secondary works relevant to their thesis topic, and competence in any other relevant area of knowledge. Any language or other requirements will be determined after advice from the Research Committee at the time of application and subsequently in consultation with the proposed supervisor.

E.4.1.8       Candidates for the ThD are admitted provisionally on the basis of approval of the Summary of Research Intentions. Candidates must submit a formal Thesis Proposal no later than one semester from admission for a full-time candidate or two semesters for a part-time candidate for approval by the Research Committee in order to continue their candidature. This proposal may not be substantially changed after acceptance without application to the Research Committee.

E.4.1.9       No candidate for the ThD may be concurrently enrolled in any other undergraduate or postgraduate course within the Sydney College of Divinity or any other tertiary institution, except in the case that, on the recommendation of the supervisor, a candidate may be directed to undertake one or more individual units of study on a non-award basis in order to attain a competence emerging as appropriate to the most effective pursuance of the ThD research.

E.4.1.10     Candidates for the program are registered with the Sydney College of Divinity through the Office of the Dean.

E.4.1.11     A candidate for the degree will be designated as full-time or part-time based on time to be given to the research. Typically, full-time candidature requires an average of thirty hours per week and part-time candidature requires an average of fifteen hours per week. These hours should preferably be achieved through regular weekly commitment, but they may be achieved through varying periods of more and less intensive work. Clear progress is expected in each semester of enrolment.

E.4.1.12     A candidate enrolled in the MPhil may apply for transfer to ThD candidature, using the Application to Transfer to a Different Research Degree, following satisfactory completion of 20,000 words of the thesis under the direction of the approved principal supervisor and associate supervisor; a record of having met MPhil regulations; and demonstration that the research is of a sufficient scope and depth to sustain a doctoral thesis. The application should be accompanied by a letter of recommendation from the principal supervisor. Applications are determined by the Research Committee. In the event that an application is refused and the student wishes to appeal the decision, the appeal will be referred to the Dean. In the event that the student remains unsatisfied with the outcome, the student may have recourse to formal grievance procedures available through the Dean, as set out in the Student Grievance Policy and Procedures. Period of candidature provisions for the ThD degree apply from the time of transfer. Allowance for time already spent in MPhil candidature will be determined by the Research Committee in relation to the stage already reached in the research, but the remaining period of doctoral candidature will be at least two semesters for full-time candidates and at least four semesters for part-time candidates.

E.4.2    Course Structure

E.4.2.1       All ThD candidates proceed to the award by research and thesis alone.

E.4.2.2       Candidates pursue a program of advanced study and research approved by the Research Committee and submit a thesis embodying the results of the research. The thesis will form an original contribution to research in the area. The thesis is to be 80,000 words maximum, including footnotes/endnotes but excluding bibliography and appendices.

E.4.2.3       A candidate may not submit as the main content of the thesis any material that has previously been submitted for a degree, unless that material has been significantly reworked in the context of the thesis being submitted.

E.4.2.4       Not later than one semester after admission to provisional candidature for full-time candidates and two semesters for part-time candidates, the candidate will submit a formal Thesis Proposal for approval by the Research Committee. Following approval, the thesis topic may not be substantially varied except with the permission of the Research Committee.

E.4.2.5       The Research Committee appoints a principal supervisor and an associate supervisor to oversee the development of the thesis, and may determine any special arrangements for supervision. Normally, the principal supervisor will be a faculty member of the Sydney College of Divinity. In some cases the College may appoint an external supervisor based in another reputable theological college or university. The associate supervisor may likewise be internal or external to the Sydney College of Divinity. In either case the principal supervisor must be research active according to the Research Active in the SCD Policy and the associate supervisor will normally be research active according to the  Research Active in the SCD Policy.

E.4.2.6       As part of the program for the award of the ThD the candidate is required to participate in the Research Seminars listed for each year of their candidature, and to present a paper at least once a year for full-time candidates and at least once every second year for part-time candidates. Ongoing enrolment in the award is subject to completing these requirements.

E.4.2.7       Candidates in their first year of enrolment must attend a Research Degree Workshop in addition to the Research Seminars, provided that they have not previously attended such a seminar with the Sydney College of Divinity as part of a previous award. Regardless of such previous attendance, they may be required to attend those parts of the Workshop considered relevant to their current research.

E.4.2.8       All thesis proposals involving the gathering of personal information from people by surveys, interviews or case studies will be dealt with according to the policies and procedures of the Research Ethics Committee, which makes a recommendation to the Academic Board in consultation with the Research Committee. Ethics clearance is normally sought at the same time as submission of the formal Thesis Proposal. If the need to seek ethics clearance arises subsequently, as the need to gather personal information arises belatedly, the application for ethical clearance should be lodged promptly. Under no circumstances may those elements of the thesis relying on the gathering of personal information proceed before ethical clearance is granted.

E.4.2.9       All candidates are to nominate a ‘home library’ from amongst the libraries of the Member Institutions of the Sydney College of Divinity. The library will regularly receive a research grant to supplement its collection in the topic area of the candidate.

E.4.3    Period of Candidature

E.4.3.1       The period of candidature for the degree is normally be three to four years full-time or six to eight years part-time.

E.4.3.2       In certain circumstances the Research Committee may grant limited extensions of candidature upon application. The normal upper limits for extension are one semester for full-time candidates and two semesters for part-time candidates.

E.4.3.3       For serious reasons the Research Committee may grant a candidate leave of absence from the program. This leave will not normally exceed one semester. The period of leave is not counted in the period of candidature.

E.4.3.4       If the candidate discontinues or does not re-enrol, the candidate is required to apply for re-admission to the ThD program. The Research Committee will process the application and may specify conditions for enrolment.

E.4.3.5       A candidate resuming after an absence will be enrolled for not less than one semester before being permitted to submit a thesis.

E.4. 4   Monitoring of Candidature

E.4.4.1       Once a semester, and at any other time considered appropriate, the principal supervisor of the thesis will report to the Research Committee on the progress of the candidate using the Research Degree Progress Report form.

E.4.5    Termination of Candidature

E.4.5.1       If the Research Degree Progress Report describes the candidate’s progress as unsatisfactory and there is no advance within a semester, the Research Committee will ask the candidate to show cause why candidature should not be terminated. Unsatisfactory progress occurs when there is no evidence that production of the thesis has been advanced by identifiable further research, constructive meetings of the candidate with the supervisor, or written drafts, and where there are insufficient grounds for special consideration.

E.4.5.2       Any show-cause submission by the candidate will be considered by the Research Committee and the Committee’s recommendation will be forwarded to the Academic Board. The Committee may recommend the termination of candidature, continuation of candidature, or imposition of conditions on continuation of candidature.

E.4.5.3       If the candidate does not show cause, the Research Committee will recommend termination of candidature to the Academic Board.

E.4.5.4       Persons whose candidature has been terminated may have recourse to the appeals procedures set out in the Handbook under General Academic Regulations. The decision of the Appeals Committee is final.

E.4.6    Examination of Thesis

E.4.6.1       The candidate will submit to the Office of the Dean three copies of a thesis embodying the results of the candidate’s research. All copies of the thesis will be bound in temporary form. One copy in electronic form should be submitted to the Research Director, which will be placed in the SCD Institutional Repository. The length of the thesis will conform to the prescribed requirements. The thesis must be written and presented in accordance with the current guidelines for the preparation of a thesis.

E.4.6.2       The thesis must be the candidate’s own work, with no hint of plagiarism, must be written in English, and must reach a satisfactory standard of literary presentation.

E.4.6.3       Before a candidate may submit a thesis, the principal supervisor must sign a Certification of Thesis, to be submitted with the thesis, stating that the thesis conforms to the requirements of the regulations. If the supervisor does not so certify, the Research Committee will determine whether the thesis is to be submitted after having considered written submissions from the principal supervisor, the associate supervisor and the candidate.

E.4.6.4       The Research Committee appoints three expert examiners, all external to the Sydney College of Divinity, at least two of international standing, and may appoint additional examiners. Examiners will be expected to report in writing two months from the receipt of the thesis. An examiner will normally be replaced if the report is not received within three months.

E.4.6.5       The examiners will report in writing and make a recommendation that the thesis be placed in one of five categories:

(a)  that the award be granted
(b)  that minor amendments be made to the thesis to the satisfaction of the Research Committee
(c)  that major amendments be made to the thesis to the satisfaction of the Research Committee
(d)  that a significantly revised thesis be re-submitted for examination
(e)  that the award not be granted.

E.4.6.6       In the event of a disagreement arising amongst examiners, the Research Committee may appoint a fourth examiner or may make a recommendation to the Academic Board of the College.

E.4.6.7       The Research Committee may recommend that the candidate undergo an oral or written examination requested by the examiners or initiated by the Research Committee.

E.4.6.8       In the case of E.4.6.5 (b), (c) or (d), the Research Committee will determine the time to be allowed for completion or re-submission. In both cases, the candidate will re-enrol for the specified period.

E.4.6.9       In the event of a re-submission, the Research Committee may appoint the same examiners or may appoint one or more different examiners. The same examination process will apply except that examiners will be asked to make a recommendation in one of three categories:

  • that the award be granted
  • that minor amendments be made to the thesis to the satisfaction of the Research Committee
  • that the award not be granted.

E.4.7    Examiners’ Reports

E.4.7.1       Candidates will be given a copy of the examiners’ reports at the completion of the examination process. Examiners’ names will be included unless a written request to the contrary has been received by the Office of the Dean.

E.4.8    Submission of the Completed Thesis

E.4.8.1       When any corrections as determined by the Research Committee in light of the examiners’ reports have been completed, two bound copies of the thesis and one electronic copy are to be submitted to the Office of the Dean.  The bound copies are to conform to the guidelines for the presentation and binding of theses following examination.

E.4.8.2       One copy of the bound thesis will be deposited in the Sydney College of Divinity library designated by the candidate; the other bound copy remains with the Office of the Dean; and the electronic copy in the SCD Institutional Repository. The copies will be available for consultation, loan, electronic distribution and photocopying forthwith. In exceptional cases the Research Committee, on application of the candidate, may determine that the thesis will not be available until after the expiry of a period, normally no longer than a year. The candidate holds copyright in the thesis and it is expected that any use made of it will be appropriately acknowledged by the user.

E.4.9    Saving Clause

E.4.9.1       Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained herein, the Academic Board of the Sydney College of Divinity may, in any case in which it may deem it appropriate to do so, vary, dispense with or suspend any requirement or prescription by these regulations, and report forthwith to the Council of the Sydney College of Divinity.


 

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