Doctorate Program in Sacred Theology


Submission of applications:
Applications are accepted all year round

Duration:
3/5 years (Full-time/Part-time study)

Campus:
Universidad Pontificia Comillas 3-5, Madrid


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Spanish

The aim of the Doctorate Program in Sacred Theology is to produce qualified experts who combine an extensive command of a particular area of theology with the use of appropriate scientific methodology and the skills to broaden knowledge within their chosen branch with an original piece of doctoral research. This research can be carried out in any area of theology, as well as in interdisciplinary subjects.

In order to obtain the Doctorate, students must: a) carry out the training activities specifically set out in the doctorate program, which will be reviewed by the tutor and thesis supervisor and assessed each year by the program's academic commission; and b) develop a research plan. This plan must be designed and presented before the end of the first year (for full-time students) or at the end of the second year (for part-time students).

 


Program Length:
  • Full-time study: 3 years
  • Part-time study: 5 years
Admission application:

Applications are accepted all year round

Information about the documents to be submitted

Enrollment deadlines for 2016-2017:
  • Until October 30, 2016 (first term)
  • Until March 30, 2017 (second term)
Fees:

Annual fees for the 2016-2017 Doctorate program:

  • 2 payments of €1,060/year for full-time study
  • 2 payments of €897,50/year for part-time study
The follow students have access to third cycle studies:
  • Students who hold Licentiate Degrees in Theology taught at faculties canonically established by the relevant ecclesiastical authority.
  • Students who hold higher education qualifications in the same discipline taught at universities not founded by the Roman Catholic Church, upon resolution from the Governing Committee of the International School of Doctorate Studies (RED 3 g) and a mandatory favorable report from the program's academic commission.
  • To be admitted onto the doctorate program at the Faculty of Theology, it is also necessary to have passed the licentiate degree with an overall average mark of Outstanding (score of 9 or above) and to have obtained a mark of Outstanding in the written dissertation for this degree.
  • In special circumstances, the academic commission will grant admission to candidates with a slightly lower average.
  • The Academic Commission will determine if the student needs to complete complementary training modules and will decide on the appropriate training at the beginning of the program.
  • Admission to third cycle studies is determined by the Rector or the person he appoints to this task, based on a proposal made by the academic commission, with approval from the Dean.
Information:

PhD Program Coordinator
Profª Elisa Estévez López
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Secretary of the Dean's Office:
Ruth Imedio García
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Tel.: (+34) 91 540 61 36
Fax: (+34) 91 735 97 81 
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The course can be studied on a full-time basis (3 years) or a part-time basis (5 years). Students will develop a set of research activities which will be spread between the years of study according to their Personalized Activity Log, agreed upon with their tutor and supervisor, with the final aim of completing the doctoral thesis.

TRAINING ACTIVITIES AND ACTIVITY LOG

Training activities:
The doctorate program includes research training activities which are allocated throughout the studies and which incorporate both transversal and specific training. They will be composed of courses, workshops, seminars, attendance at conferences, etc.

Activity Log:
Once enrolled on the program, a personalized doctoral activity log will be created for each student. All research interests and activities pursued during the program will be recorded in this log. The log will be checked regularly by the tutor and/or thesis supervisor and assessed by the Program's Academic Commission.

RESEARCH PLAN

By the end of the first year (for full-time students) or by the end of the second year (for part-time students), the student will have created a research plan which must be approved by the tutor and thesis supervisor and favorably assessed by the department in which the program is taught.

In the first year of the course, and according to their previous training in research methods, students will take the complementary training modules deemed necessary by the Academic Commission during the admission process.

TRAINING ACTIVITIES DOCTORATE PROGRAM IN SACRED THEOLOGY 2016-17

 

This doctorate program is structured around the main lines of research pursued at the Faculty of Theology:

THEOLOGY AND SOCIETY RESEARCH GROUP

Bioethics and Interculturality. Fundamental Morals. Social, Political and Economic Morals. Social Christian Thought

Presentation and Aims of the Research Group:

The aim of the Research Group is to put together a systematic piece of research on the basic elements that Moral Theology can offer today's Society. Therefore, the group deals mainly with issues of fundamental morals, social and political morals, and personal morals; the three areas that traditionally constitute Moral Theology according to the Second Vatican Council.

Lines of Group Research:
  • Bioethics and Interculturality
  • Fundamental Morals
  • Social, Political and Economic Morals
  • Social Christian Thought
Group Members:

Director/Coordinator
Dr. Francisco Javier de la Torre Díaz

Members

SYSTEMATIC THEOLOGY RESEARCH GROUP

a) New approaches to systematic theology; b) The ecclesiology of the Second Vatican Council and the post-council era; c) Phenomenology and theology of religions; d) Contextual theology, secularization and evangelization; e) Ecumenical theology

Presentation and Aims of the Research Group:

The Systematic Theology Research Group is made up of members from the Department of Dogmatic-Fundamental Theology. Its aim is to carry out research on Theology regarding Christian doctrine and its dogmatic association, historical development and present meaning, especially taking into consideration its organic presence as a system of thought.
This aim is founded on the basis of rethinking the fundamental content of Christian Dogma from a current and contemporary perspective (rethinking systematic theology) while being aware of the pluralist context in which we live (Phenomenology and History of Religions) and the diverse geographical and cultural areas in which the Christian faith is practiced (Contextual theology, secularization), since the most important ecclesial experience of the 20th century which continues to define the development of Theology (Second Vatican Council) in its ecumenical and evangelized form (Ecumenical theology, evangelization).

Lines of Group Research:
  • Rethinking Systematic Theology
  • The ecclesiology of the Second Vatican Council and the post-council era
  • Phenomenology and Theology of religions
  • Contextual theology, secularization and evangelization
  • Ecumenical theology
Group Members:

Director/Coordinator
Dr. Ángel Cordovilla Pérez

Members

SACRED SCRIPTURE RESEARCH GROUP

Exegesis and theology of the Old and New Testaments. Spirituality of the Old and New Testaments. Exegetic Methodology

Presentation and Aims of the Research Group:

This Research Group is made up of specialists in Sacred Scripture who are mostly members of the Department of Sacred Scripture and Church History. Its aim is to carry out research on both the Old and New Testaments, and associated literature, regarding the Word of God in human words; that is to say, the group covers not only linguistic, historical and social aspects of Sacred Scripture, but also its importance to knowledge of the revelation and to the formation and development of Christian dogma. In general, this research is approached with a key concern for both the relevance of Sacred Scripture for the modern-day Church and also in relation to the signs of the times in which we live.

Lines of Group Research:
  • Exegesis and theology of the Old and New Testaments
  • Spirituality of the Old and New Testaments
  • Exegetic Methodology
Group Members:

Director/Coordinator
Dr. Francisco Ramírez Fueyo

Members

HISTORY OF THE CHURCH AND SPIRITUALITY RESEARCH GROUP

History of Spirituality. Spirituality and Humanism. Primitive Christianity. Feminine mysticism, spirituality and religious life. Ignatian Spirituality. Oriental Spirituality. Church, Politics and Society. Systematic Spiritual Theology

Presentation and Aims of the Research Group:

This is an interfaculty and interdepartmental group. It includes thirteen lecturers from the Faculties of Theology, Humanities and Social Sciences, and Economics and Business Administration. 
Its two aims are to carry out research on the History of the Church and of Spirituality and on the History of Spiritual Theology.

Lines of Group Research:
  • History of Spirituality
  • Spirituality and Humanism
  • Primitive Christianity
  • Feminine mysticism, spirituality and religious life
  • Ignatian Spirituality
  • Oriental Spirituality
  • Church, Politics and Society
  • Systematic Spiritual Theology
Group Members:

Director/Coordinator
Dra. Mª. del Mar Graña Cid

Members

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