SCD Graduate Research School

+61 (02) 9889 1969
Unit 6B, 5 Talavera Road, Macquarie Park NSW 2113 Australia

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. Find out more on how to apply.

Study Mode Full-time
Study Terms

Semester 1: 6 March 2023 - 28 July 2023. Census Date: 3 April 2023
Semester 2: 31 July 2023 - 8 December 2023. Census Date: 28 August 2023

Fees Full-time | AUD$7,780 per semester
Part-time | AUD$3,670 per semester
Fees are for 2023.
FEE-HELP is available for eligible students
Registrar Interim - Jim Harrison
Contact the Registrar for admission, study and student support enquiries

Units Offered

Higher Degree by Research (HDR) is undertaken by research and thesis. Candidates enrolled in an HDR must submit a thesis for examination. As part of the program for the award, candidates are required to participate in Research Seminars.

Master of Philosophy

  • R9M01 Master of Philosophy Thesis Full-time (36 credit points)
  • R9M13 Master of Philosophy Thesis Part-time (18 credit points)

Doctor of Ministry

The research units are at AQF Level 10.

  • R10D01 Doctor of Ministry Thesis Full-time (36 credit points)
  • R10D11 Doctor of Ministry Thesis Part-time (18 credit points)

In addition to the thesis, candidates enrolled in the Doctor of Ministry are required to complete the below two units:

  1. R10001   Pastoral and Practical Theology: Hermeneutics and Methodological Paradigms
  2. R10002   Research Settings in Pastoral and Practical Theology

Doctor of Philosophy

The research units are at AQF Level 10.

  • R10P01 Doctor of Philosophy Thesis Full-time (36 credit points)
  • R10P12 Doctor of Philosophy Thesis Part-time (18 credit points)

Doctor of Theology

The research units are at AQF Level 10.

  • R10T01 Doctor of Theology Thesis Full-time (36 credit points)
  • R10T11 Doctor of Theology Thesis Part-time (18 credit points)
A research degree with SCD gives you the opportunity to deeply explore a topic of your choice. We are engaged in research in Biblical studies, theology, humanities in the Christian tradition, and Christian life and ministry
Professor Jim Harrison
Research Director

Research Degree Library Resources

Contact Professor Jim Harrison
Phone +61 (02) 9888 1969

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.

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.

  • Master of Philosophy (CRICOS Code 082668K)
  • Doctor of Ministry (CRICOS Code 063714M)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (CRICOS Code 063715K)
  • Doctor of Theology (CRICOS Code 063716J)

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 Sydney College of Divinity campus at Sydney.

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.

This page provides basic information about GRS and the Sydney College of Divinity HDR awards offered. If you are interested in pursuing a research degree you are advised to contact Professor Jim Harrison ( to discuss the program that is the best fit for you.


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