St Cyril’s Coptic Orthodox Theological College

+61 (02) 9546 6411
Unit 6 / 252-254 West St, Carlton, NSW 2218 Australia

St. Cyril’s Coptic Orthodox Theological College exists for the Glory of God the Father, as a witness to Christ His Son, in the fellowship of the Holy Spirit. This is actualised through the theological education and spiritual formation of the faithful, who are called to serve the Church of Christ either as clergy or laity.

St. Cyril‘s aspires to be 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 entrusted once for all to the saints, 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.

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Semester 1: 20 February 2023 - 2 June 2023. Census Date: 20 March 2023
Semester 2: 24 July 2023 - 3 November 2023. Census Date: 21 August 2023

Fees Undergraduate | AUD$1,200 per unit
Postgraduate coursework | AUD$1,500 per unit
Fees listed are for a standard 9 credit point unit.
Fees are for 2023.
FEE-HELP is available for eligible students
Registrar Mr Mounir Azer
Contact the Registrar for admission, study and student support enquiries

Units Offered


  • A7112 Biblical Hebrew I
  • A7122 New Testament Greek I
  • A7141 Syriac I
  • A7212 Biblical Hebrew II
  • A7222 New Testament Greek II
  • A7241 Syriac II
  • B7110 Introduction to the Old Testament
  • C7100 Introduction to Pastoral Counselling
  • H7110 History of the Early Church
  • H7131 Introduction to Early Monasticism
  • P7150 Introduction to Pastoral Preaching
  • T7101 Introduction to Theology
  • T7171 Early Church Fathers
  • T7204 Christian Apologetics
  • W7166 Wisdom of the Desert
  • X7191 Introduction to [Topic]


  • A8112 Biblical Hebrew I
  • A8113 Biblical Hebrew II
  • A8122 New Testament Greek I
  • A8123 New Testament Greek II
  • B8110 Introduction to the Old Testament
  • C8102 Pastoral Counselling in Ministry
  • H8110 Early Church History
  • H8131 Early Monasticism
  • P8150 Foundations of Pastoral Preaching
  • T8101 Introducing Theology
  • T8171 Church Fathers: An Introduction
  • T9210 Christology and Soteriology
  • T9271 Cappadocian Legacy
  • T9273 Exploring the Philokalia
  • W8166 The Desert Fathers: Wisdom and Philosophy
  • X8191 Introduction to [Topic]


The below units delivered at SCCOTC provides an opportunity for students to explore an area within a discipline or subdiscipline that is not available elsewhere in the curriculum.

  • H7191 Introduction to Christianity in the Middle Ages
  • T7192  Studies in the Philokalic Tradition
  • T7193  Studies in the Cappadocian Legacy
  • H8191 Introduction to Christianity in the Middle Ages
  • T8191  Introduction to Christian Apologetics
Studying theology is the “meeting ground” by which we come to know the God who became man, that is, Christ. For this reason each member of our staff and Faculty, each unit of our degrees, and our entire theological exploration, is directed to a singular aim: meeting the incarnate God.
Dr. Daniel Fanous
Dean and Lecturer in Theology & Biblical Studies

St Cyril’s Library

Librarian Ms Odette Karas
Phone +61 (02) 9546 6411
Opening Hours During academic semester:
Monday and Thursday : 10.00am to 9.00pm
Tuesday and Wednesday : 10.00am to 6.00pm
Available by appointment on Friday and weekends.
Address Unit 6/252-254 West St, Carlton NSW 2218

Students of St Cyrils have access to eBooks and journal articles through the College’s Learning Management System and to the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ), an online directory that provides access to open access, peer- reviewed journals. Titles include the International Journal of Orthodox Theology (IJOT) and the Journal of Analytic Theology, and New Theology Review. eBook Religion Collection features eBooks from a variety of distinguished academic, university and religious publishers. The compilation of texts covers a broad range of religious subjects.

The Library has 9000 monographs and 100 periodicals. Its specialisations are in Biblical Studies, Theology, and Church History.


Choosing St. Cyril’s

St. Cyril‘s embraces the notion that the official role of any Theological college is the educational formation of the students enrolled. However, they also have a deeper and more nuanced understanding of their function, which is informed by their Orthodox theology.

The College is an intrinsic part of the Coptic Orthodox Church. As such, they don‘t view their service in isolation from the rest of the Church, but rather as a service which has significance for the whole of the Church.  St. Cyril’s endeavours to nourish the hearts, souls and minds of the whole community. Whilst not the whole of the community will be directly associated with the college, they are deeply aware of the fact that their service will reach out, via their graduates, to the whole community. And so they also view their mission as that of spiritual formation. From an Orthodox perspective, academic excellence and spiritual formation are two sides of  the same task. In this, St. Cyril‘s are informed by the Evagrian maxim, “The one who prays is a theologian; the one who is a theologian, prays.” Accordingly, at St. Cyril‘s, the Chapel is just as integral as the lecture room. The transformation of the heart is as significant as the illumination of the mind. In short, St. Cyril‘s are dedicated to the edification of the whole person, and the whole Church.

This page provides basic information about St. Cyril‘s and the Sydney College of Divinity awards and units it offers. If you are interested in pursuing a Sydney College of Divinity award with St. Cyril‘s you are advised to contact St. Cyril‘s directly.


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