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.

Approximately one year after the approval of the doctoral thesis project, the Lectio coram is held. This is a public lecture in which the candidate presents the progress and initial results of his or her doctoral research to a commission of three faculty members appointed by the Dean (of which the thesis moderator may not be a member).

The candidate’s presentation is followed by remarks and questions from the members of the commission, as well as interventions from the academic audience present in the hall.

The commission must then give its written evaluation on:

  • the progress of the candidate’s doctoral research;
  • the maturation of skills necessary for scientific research;
  • the ability to present the subject matter and engage in academic discussion.

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