SCD Graduate Research School


About this college

Sydney College of Divinity (SCD) Graduate Research School delivers postgraduate research degrees (Higher Degree by Research).

The Graduate Research School (GRS) draws on and contributes to the research ethos of the Sydney College of Divinity. It is coordinated by the Research Director, Professor Jim Harrison.

Research degree candidates enrol with the SCD Graduate Research School, following an interview with the Research Director, lodging of a completed Application Form and Summary of Research Intentions, and admission through the Research Committee, on the basis of prior qualifications and preparedness, as well as a commitment on the part of SCD to providing appropriate supervision for the proposed thesis.

Choosing GRS

Research has always been integral to the Sydney College of Divinity. With one of the largest bodies of research active theological faculty and the constant push to strive for excellence, GRS could be the ideal place to start your research degree.

International Students

GRS welcomes students who want to embark on research and expand their own understanding and develop new knowledge in theology for academic, vocational, professional and/or personal reasons. Please refer to the International Students section of the website for further information on available courses and locations.

More Information

Information on study terms, census, and orientation dates can be found here.

Fees are for 2023 and are in AUD.

Full-time | AUD$7,780 per semester

Part-time | AUD$3,670 per semester


FEE-HELP is available for eligible students

Contact Prof. Jim Harrison
Email  [email protected]
Phone  +61 (02) 8073 2257


Sydney College of Divinity (SCD) Research candidates have access to any SCD Member Institution (MI) library, including its books, journals, and electronic resources. MIs have research-trained staff not only to deliver the programs of study for which they are accredited and but to also support research-led teaching in Higher Education.


Full-time and part-time candidates are provided AUD$500 and AUD$250 per semester respectively to spend

  • on library purchases at their nominated SCD MI library, or
  • on personal book purchases, if they do not wish to belong to a SCD MI library, as they have sufficient access to other libraries, or
  • on library membership at another library (e.g. nearby university or theology college) if that is more convenient.


Candidates also have access to borrowing rights at Macquarie University. However, that does not apply to the use of the library’s electronic resources and interlibrary loan. Membership has to be renewed each year, subject to the candidate being enrolled and in good standing with Macquarie University library and the SCD MI library.