Pontifical Oriental Institute

Eastern Christian Studies

The Faculty of Eastern Christian Studies is subdivided into three sections: theological-patristic, liturgical, and historical.

After completing the Bachelor’s Degree in Theology (first cycle), students are admitted to the Licentiate (S.E.O.L.). Those who hold a Bachelor’s Degree in History may enroll in the Licentiate in the history section.

After completing the Licentiate (second cycle), students can enroll in the Doctoral program (S.E.O.D.).

Those interested in deepening a specific area or in having a general knowledge of the Christian East can enroll in the program of the Diploma in Eastern Christian Studies.

The cursus ad doctoratum varies in length between one and four semesters.

During the cursus ad doctoratum the student must:

  • attend the methodology course for doctoral students and the courses prescribed by the personal study plan established with the Dean (a total of 15 ECTS, for students who have obtained the degree of Licentiate at the Pontifical Oriental Institute; a total of 30 ECTS, for students who have not obtained the degree of Licentiate at the Pontifical Oriental Institute);
  • choose, with the approval of the Dean, the dissertation moderator and prepare the doctoral thesis project.

The cursus ad doctoratum concludes with the submission of the doctoral dissertation project, together with the form correctly completed and signed by the moderator.

The project is evaluated by two or more experts and then by the Faculty Council. Once the project is approved, the topic is reserved for the doctoral student for five years.

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