Catholic theology

Catholic Theology is a doctoral program in Catholic theology focused on scholarly research and independent creative activity in the various specializations of Catholic theology. The object of study is to penetrate more deeply into Christian revelation and what is connected with it, to explain systematically the truths of Christian revelation, to consider new questions connected with them, and to present them to people living in different cultures. The goal of the study is to prepare students for independent scholarly research in the specialties of spiritual theology, systematic theology, dogmatic theology, canon law, pastoral theology, moral theology, comparative theology, ecumenical theology, fundamental theology, biblical theology, world and Slovak church history, liturgics, catechetics, and Christian pedagogy, Christian philosophy for the cultivation and development of one's own theological disciplines and preparation for highly specialized ministries in the ecclesial community and civil society (pastoral centers, charitable and educational institutions, teachers of religious education in primary and secondary schools, administrators, courts, members of parish councils, clergy editors in the mass media, the opportunity to work in research and to act as university teachers in the relevant specialization). Graduates acquire professional pedagogical competence according to the laws of the Slovak Republic and the canon law of the Catholic Church.

The studies are conducted in two cycles (degrees): licentiate (ThLic.) and doctorate(PhD.).

The first degree is called "specialization" (cyclus specialisationis) and concludes with the academic degree of "licentiate of theology" (licentiatus sacrae theologiae, abbreviated "ThLic."). The full-time form usually lasts two years (four semesters) and the part-time form three years. In this degree, special disciplines are taken according to the nature of one's own specialization, and seminars and exercises are held at the same time to acquire competence in theological-scientific research (cf. art. 40b and art. 72b of the Sap. Chr.). During his/her studies, the doctoral student follows a programme of study which includes seminars and examinations in compulsory subjects, compulsory elective subjects and elective (optional) subjects.

After completing the prescribed seminars and examinations, the doctoral student will submit a Licentiate Thesis (100 pages in length) as evidence of his/her competence in scientific work. At the end of his/her studies, the doctoral student shall take a state examination in the field of Catholic theology according to the nature of his/her specialisation and a defence of the Licentiate thesis to prove his/her competence in scientific research. Upon successful completion of the state examination and the thesis defence, the doctoral candidate shall be awarded the academic degree of "Licentiate of Theology". ("ThLic."). After attaining the licentiate degree, the doctoral student may continue his/her doctoral studies with a second degree.

The second degree of doctoral studies usually lasts one year in the full-time form and two years in the part-time form. During this time, the doctoral student is mainly engaged in writing his/her dissertation. This 200-page dissertation, prepared under the supervision of a supervisor, must be defended in a public debate. It is recommended that the doctoral candidate continues to develop the specialisation in which he/she has been working during the licence. After the successful defence, at least part of the thesis must be published and submitted in the specified number of copies to the TF's study department. A copy of each published scientific work (dissertation) is sent to the Congregation for Catholic Education.

In order to be admitted to the defense of the dissertation, the doctoral student must pass a dissertation examination, by which he/she must demonstrate special expertise in the discipline that is the subject of his/her dissertation. By defending the dissertation, the doctoral candidate demonstrates the ability and readiness for independent scholarly and creative activity in the field of Catholic theology. Graduates of doctoral studies are awarded the academic degree of doctor ("philosophiae doctor", abbreviated "PhD").

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Conditions of admission
  • An application form with all necessary attachments delivered by post or in person to the address of the TF Study Department for Doctoral Studies
  • Completed studies of a master's degree in the given field or in a related field
  • Successful completion of the admission procedure

Additional information

The thesis topic and tutor must also be included in the application form.

Attach a dissertation project of 3-4 pages (justification for the choice of topic, aim, methods, expected outputs, references and an approximate scheme of the thesis)

In the application form, please indicate which two of the two offered foreign languages you wish to take the entrance examination from.

Coordinator for students with specific needs

PhDr. Emil Ragan, PhD.

Form of entrance exam

The scope of the written entrance examination is to test the basic knowledge of the Master's degree in the given field of study in the form of a test and an examination in two world languages. The language exam will consist of writing a brief justification of the decision to pursue a PhD in the first chosen foreign language and a descriptive translation of the submitted article from the second chosen language into Slovak.

Choice of the following foreign languages:

  • English language
  • German language
  • French language
  • Spanish language
  • Italian language
  • Russian language

The scope of the oral entrance examination is the presentation of the framework project of the dissertation chosen by the candidate. The candidate submits a written proposal for the elaboration of the chosen dissertation topic, which includes: the rationale for the choice of the topic, the aim, the methods, the expected outputs, the literature and an approximate scheme of the work

  • Apply the application for study

    01.01.2022 - 31.05.2022

  • Performance of the entrance exam

    17.06.2022 - 17.06.2022

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Annual tuition fees
Standard length of study: cost free
Study longer than the standard length of study program, parallel studies: 500 €

The fee for admission procedure
application form: 35 €
E-application form: 35 €

Billing information

Bank: Štátna pokladnica Bratislava
Katolícka univerzita v Ružomberku, Teologická fakulta, Hlavná 89, 041 21 Košice
Account: SK34 8180 0000 0070 0008 5755
Variable symbol: 1510501
Information for the recipient: "PP"
Constant symbol: 0308
Proof of payment (confirmation of transfer) must be attached to the application form.

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Detail of the study program

The first three years of your studies could be funded by a scholarship of up to €9,000. More information

Detail of the study program


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Last update: 17.12.2021 14:21

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