Distance Education

Distance education was established in 2011 as an outreach intended for students who do not reside within the Sydney metropolitan area and who cannot relocate to Sydney for the purpose of theological education.

All prospective students residing within Sydney are strongly urged to consider attending the weekly lectures during the semester on campus in Redfern as the preferred means of undertaking their theological studies by face-to-face interaction with their lecturer and fellow students.

St Andrew’s delivers a limited number of units using the MoodleTM online learning management system.

Available Courses:

Study by distance education (online) mode alone will enable a student to complete the following accredited Sydney College of Divinity awards:

Study Options:

A full-time study option, normally defined as enrolment in 4 units per semester, is available for all of the courses listed above, with the exception of the Master of Theological Studies.

A part-time study option, normally defined as enrolment in 2 units per semester, is available for all of the courses listed above.

Units Offered in 2019:

See timetable for details


Regular internet access is a compulsory requirement of distance education. All study resources are delivered electronically for students to download, usually as word and pdf documents, slide presentations, and/or audio files. In addition, regular participation in any prescribed online discussion forums is compulsory.

The definition of ‘regular’ participation is defined by each lecturer within their respective course unit outline but normally refers to either weekly or fortnightly participation.

Technology and Computer Requirements:

MoodleTM is the learning management system used by St Andrew’s for its distance education (online) units.

Students can use a PC, MAC or Linux based computer. There are no minimum hardware requirements, as long as the computer is capable of running Microsoft Office 2003 (or newer) or Open Office (open-source; available for free download). Internet Explorer 6 or newer, Safari (version 3 and later) and Firefox (version 2 and later) are recommended. Also Adobe Acrobat Viewer 7 or newer (or a similar program) is required to view PDF files for online units (available for free download). Adobe Acrobat Standard (or equivalent) is recommended to convert word documents to pdf for greater content security before emailing or posting although MS Word (or equivalent) is acceptable.

Students are reminded that computer hardware and software are often available for purchase from various vendors at academic or student prices that are well below the standard retail price.

Broadband internet (e.g. ADSL, cable, wireless) is essential; not dial-up.

Students must have an active email address which is checked regularly.


Autumn Residential School Program (4-6 March 2019):


The rationale of each residential school is to build rapport between lecturers and students, and amongst students, from the earliest stage of the educational journey. Residential schools will take place during the unit for the purposes of acquaintance with the campus, communal prayer, library sessions, field excursions (where applicable), lecturer and peer interaction, consolidation of learning, face-to-face discussion sessions, and short assessment tasks as may be prescribed (e.g. quiz, tutorial presentations).

A selection of units deemed introductory and foundational that are delivered in distance education (online) mode contain a residential school component. The dates for the 2019 Autumn Residential School Period will be 4-6 March 2019, as noted in the Timetable and Important Dates pages.

Attendance at the residential schools is COMPULSORY for all students enrolled in any unit designated as having a residential school component and is required in order to pass the unit. Failure to attend the residential school will result in a FAIL grade for the unit.

Exemption to the aforementioned rule will only be granted on the following grounds: (a) medical illness (certified by medical certificate); (b) extreme hardship, (c) compassionate grounds (this does not include inadequate management of student workload or responsibilities); and/or (d) off-shore status (residency outside of Australia). Except when a student has off-shore status, the Registrar must be notified in writing before the conclusion of the relevant residential school for such exemption to even be considered by the Faculty. In the event that exemption is granted a supplementary assessment task may be assigned by the Lecturer.

Residential schools are conducted on campus at Redfern NSW, normally between 10:00am and 9:00pm on the prescribed days.

The cost of travelling to attend a residential school is not included in the course unit’s tuition fee. Students are required to make their own travel arrangements.

Light refreshments are provided on campus at no additional cost and in keeping with the feasting and fasting periods of the Church.

St Andrew’s is not able to provide accommodation during the residential school period. Students are advised of nearby accommodation options which include:

For more accommodation options, visit http://www.hotel.com.au/sagotc.htm.