We seek to be a community of faith and learning, a community whose members work together through scholarship and service to bring the Gospel into dialogue with Australian Culture

Catholic Institute of Sydney

+61 (02) 9752 9500
99 Albert Road, Strathfield NSW 2135 Australia

The Catholic Institute of Sydney (CIS) is a Member Institution of the Sydney College of Divinity. It delivers the listed Sydney College of Divinity undergraduate and postgraduate coursework awards.

The Catholic Institute of Sydney seeks to be a community of faith and learning, a community whose members work together through scholarship and service to bring the Gospel into dialogue with Australian Culture. In order to realise its mission, the Catholic Institute of Sydney promotes study in theology, philosophy, and the humanities; it draws upon and develops the intellectual and spiritual heritage of the Catholic Church and the wider Christian tradition; it is enriched by its participation in the Sydney College of Divinity; and it values and learns from other religious traditions. Catholic Institute of Sydney is committed to the pursuit of excellence, intellectual integrity, and academic freedom. In all its relationships, it is dedicated to co-responsibility, justice and equity.

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. With the support and encouragement of all its members, CIS seeks to develop a spirit of friendship and welcome. All are encouraged to share in the various aspects of CIS life, such as daily Mass, social functions, and the management of day-to-day activities. The classroom is a place of teaching and learning where views may be freely expressed and experiences shared within the limitation of the aims of the course. Students are welcome to consult teachers outside the classroom when particular needs or difficulties arise. From time to time during the year CIS offers public lectures on contemporary issues of interest to the Christian community and Australian society.

Campus Locations

Australia: 99 Albert Road, Strathfield NSW 2135

New Zealand: 20 Ponsonby Rd, Ponsonby, Auckland 1011 (Good Shepherd College)

Study Mode Intensive
Study Terms

Semester 1: 6 January 2020 - 19 June 2020. Census Date: 20 March 2020
Semester 2: 6 July 2020 - 20 November 2020. Census Date: 21 August 2020

Fees Undergraduate | AUD$1,480 per unit
Postgraduate coursework | AUD$2,020 per unit
Fees are listed for one standard 9 credit point unit.
Fees vary for research and other non standard units.
Fees are for 2020.
FEE-HELP is available for eligible students
Registrar Mr Jason Israel
[email protected]
Contact the Registrar for admission, study and student support enquiries

Units Offered


  • A7120 Introduction to New Testament Greek
  • A7132 Ecclesiastical Latin I
  • A7170 New Testament Greek
  • B7110 Introduction to Biblical Studies
  • B7214 Pentateuch
  • B7231 Prophetic Literature
  • B7254 Synoptic Gospels
  • B7326 Psalms
  • B7368 Johannine Literature
  • C7147 Pastoral Counselling in Practice
  • E7100 Sources and Principles of Christian Ethics
  • E7200 Methods in Christian Ethics
  • E7345 Justice, Human Life and Society
  • E7346 Marriage, Family and Sexual Ethics
  • E7350 Christian Anthropology and Biomedical Ethics
  • H7110 History of the Early Church
  • H7240 History of the Church in the Middle Ages
  • H7360 History of the Church in the Modern Era
  • H7383 New Zealand Catholics: Their Story
  • L7100 Introduction to Christian Worship
  • L7200 Liturgical Rites
  • L7230 Music in Worship
  • P7101 Introduction to Pastoral Theology and Ministry
  • P7235 Maori Pastoral Care
  • P7271 Supervised Ministry 1
  • P7362 Canon Law and the Sacraments
  • P7363 Selected Themes in Canon Law
  • P7376 The Psychology of Religious Vocation
  • P7378 Supervised Ministry – Hospital Chaplaincy
  • S7102 Introduction to Christian Spirituality
  • S7260 Formation in Prayer and Prayerfulness
  • S7350 Christian Spiritual Wisdom
  • T7101 Introduction to Theology
  • T7217 The Church
  • T7231 The Person and Work of Christ
  • T7323 The Sacraments
  • T7333 The Trinity
  • T7339 Creation and Fulfilment
  • W7106 Ancient and Early Medieval Philosophy
  • W7109 Medieval and Early Modern Philosophy
  • W7207 Logic and Critical Thinking
  • W7222 Moral Philosophy
  • W7238 Reason, Faith, and God
  • W7309 From Descartes to Kant
  • W7310 From Kant to Postmodernism
  • W7331 Metaphysics
  • W7332 The Human Person
  • W7346 Political Philosophy
  • W7351 Epistemology
  • W7358 Philosophical Psychology
  • X7195 Introduction to [Topic]
  • X7391 Research Project
  • X7392 Research Project
  • X7393 Independent Guided Study
  • X7394 Independent Guided Study
  • X7395 Issues in [Topic]
  • X7398 Action Research Project
  • X7399 Capstone Unit


  • A8520 Introduction to New Testament Greek
  • A8532 Ecclesiastical Latin
  • A8570 New Testament Greek
  • B8510 Introduction to Biblical Studies
  • B9640 Jeremiah
  • B9652 Apocalyptic Literature
  • B9657 Lukan Literature
  • B9668 Gospel according to John
  • B9680 Dead Sea Scrolls
  • C8507 Fundamental Principles of Pastoral Supervision
  • C8547 Pastoral Counselling in Context
  • E8501 Principles of Christian Ethics
  • H8510 The Early Church
  • L8501 Introducing Christian Worship
  • P8572 Spiritual Leadership
  • P8580 Supervised Ministry – Hospital Chaplaincy
  • S8502 Christian Spirituality
  • T8501 Introducing Theology
  • T9609 Theological Methodology
  • T9631 Major Questions in Christology
  • T9643 Mary: Disciple and Symbol of the Church
  • W8506 Ancient and Early Medieval Philosophy
  • W8509 Medieval and Early Modern Philosophy
  • X8500 Research Methodology
  • X8592 Introduction to [Topic]
  • X8598 Honours Thesis
  • X9690 Research Essay
  • X9691 Research Project
  • X9692 Research Project
  • X9693 Independent Guided Study
  • X9694 Independent Guided Study
  • X9695 Issues in [Topic]
  • X9696 Research Essay
  • X9698 Action Research Project
  • X9699 Capstone Unit


Major Questions in Christology
06 - 10 January 2020
Gospel According to John
13 - 17 January 2020
The Person and Work of Christ
29 June – 3 July 2020
Christian Anthropology and Biomedical Ethics
06 - 10 July 2020
Cardinal Newman and Religion in 19 Century England
13 - 17 July 2020


The below units are taken from the generic (X) range of SCD units. Generic units provide students an opportunity to explore an area within a discipline or subdiscipline that is not available elsewhere in the curriculum.

C7195/C8592 Introduction to Pastoral Psychology and Ministry
W8592 Introduction to Philosophy

H9695 Issues in Church History
S9695 Issues in Christian Spirituality: Encounter with Jesus in Johannine
T7395 Issues in Theology: Patristic Studies

We specialise in face-to-face mode of teaching and place a high value on the quality of the learning experience in the classroom. Our students appreciate the possibility of engaging directly with lecturers and with their fellow students.
Sr. Prof. Isabell Naumann issm

Veech Library

Librarian Ms Lynn Regan
Email [email protected]
Phone +61 (02) 9752 9530
Opening Hours During academic semester:
Monday to Thursday | 9.00am - 8.00pm
Friday | 9.00am - 5.00pm
Saturday | 10.00am - 3.00pm
Closed on Sundays and public holidays.
During term breaks: Monday to Friday | 9.00am - 5.00pm
Closed on weekends and public holidays.
Address 99 Albert Road Strathfield, Sydney NSW 2135

The Veech Library is a registered public library. Its lending collection with strengths in areas such as patristics, ecclesiology, ethics, philosophy and works by and about Thomas Aquinas, is housed across two levels. The library collection also supports undergraduate studies in theology, scripture, pastoral care and practice, church history and liturgy.

The Library’s reference collection includes encyclopedias, dictionaries and major collections of Church documents and writers eg. Migne’s Patrologia Latina and Patrologia Graeca, documents of ecumenical councils and collections of papal encyclicals. The Library also provides students with access to an up to date range of online and electronic resources to support study needs. The Library provides users with access to over 200 periodicals and holds a large number of periodical back-runs. The Library holds an impressive range of research materials in the closed stack area. The Special Collections include the Australian Documentation Centre, the Australiana Collection, Dissertations, the Hibernica Collection (Irish history and literature), pre 1960s liturgical books, the Church Music Collection, rare and older books (including over 4,000 books published before 1800).

Colin Library

Librarian Mr Mark Hangartner
Email [email protected]
Phone + 64 (09) 361 1053
Opening Hours Monday to Friday | 8.30am - 4.30pm
Closed on weekends and public holidays
Address 20 Ponsonby Road, Newton, Auckland New Zealand 1011

Te Kupenga: Catholic Theological College Colin Library, New Zealand is associated with the Catholic Institute of Sydney. The library has extensive holdings in the ecclesiastical sciences, theology, philosophy, scripture, history, the humanities and literature. Being the oldest established Catholic Library in New Zealand, the historical depth of collections is a particular feature.  The Library has historical and current collection strengths in Catholic theology, canon law, spirituality, philosophy and Biblical studies.  There is a full range of ebooks and periodicals in these subject areas. The Library has around 60,000 print volumes, 10,000 ebooks, and 850 ejournals.

International Students

CIS welcomes students from diverse backgrounds and cultures for entry into the following Sydney College of Divinity awards

  • Bachelor of Ministry (CRICOS Code 082719D)
  • Bachelor of Theology (CRICOS Code 063703C)
  • Graduate Certificate in Arts (CRICOS Code 082669J)
  • Master of Arts (CRICOS Code 063708J)
  • Master of Theology (CRICOS Code 063709G)

International students on an Australia Student Visa are required to study full-time (with at least two-thirds face-to-face) and can enrol to study at the CIS Australian campus at Sydney.

Choosing CIS

CIS provides different possibilities for those who are interested in theological and related studies, be it in a manner of formal studies, like those undertaken by candidates for ordination to the priesthood or permanent diaconate in the Catholic Church or for various kinds of ministry in the Church or for personal enrichment.

The Institute is one of the oldest tertiary educational places in the country. Theology and Philosophy have been taught continuously since the 1880s, when St Patrick’s College Manly was established for the education of students for the priesthood.

This page provides basic information about CIS and the Sydney College of Divinity awards and units it offers. If you are interested in pursuing a Sydney College of Divinity award with CIS you are advised to contact CIS directly for up to date information to help you make an informed choice.


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