The SCD currently offers four accredited postgraduate research awards, one at master’s level and three at doctoral level:
- Master of Philosophy (MPhil)
- Doctor of Ministry (DMin)
- Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
- Doctor of Theology (ThD)
While all the research degrees require an equally high level of performance, they are each designed to meet different student needs and prior qualifications. The Master of Philosophy may suit those wishing to pursue a more contained research project and is available for subject areas ranging widely from a specialist theological interest to an interest in relating theology to other disciplines. The Doctor of Ministry provides a particular opportunity to investigate practical life situations through the lens of theological understanding. The Doctor of Philosophy is open to those wishing to pursue either specialist theological research or wider research with theological implications. The ThD is open to those with appropriate prior theological study wishing to continue in a theological specialisation.
All research degrees are available either full-time or part-time. The Doctor of Ministry program consists of two coursework units (20%) followed by research and thesis (80%). The other research degree programs proceed by research and thesis alone. All theses and presentations are written in English. For full information regarding individual degrees and their various requirements, see the SCD Handbook.