Doctoral Degree in Divinity

The STD (DD) is a canonical doctorate in Theology. In contrast to the PhD in Theology, the DD demands that candidates develop the deep theological synthesis necessary for the teaching of theology in Catholic seminaries and centres of formation.

Postgraduate - Full Time
1 Year
Application Deadline:
01st June 2018
Course Start Date:
September 2018
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Introduction

The STD (DD) is a canonical doctorate in Theology. In contrast to the PhD in Theology, the DD demands that candidates develop the deep theological synthesis necessary for the teaching of theology in Catholic seminaries and centres of formation.

Description

Like the PhD in Theology, the DD is completed under the supervision of a member of the Faculty of Theology who guides the candidate to delineate and investigate a research question in a way that permits her or him to acquire an overarching mastery and competence in their chosen theological discipline, write a dissertation thereon, and thus contribute to the development of theological understanding.

Currently the DD may be undertaken in Fundamental Theology, Systematic Theology, Moral Theology, Sacred Liturgy, and Sacred Scripture.

Duration: A Doctoral Foundation Year, generally followed by 3 years full time research and writing.


Admissions requirements: Licentiate in any theological discipline (STL, SSL, LCL, SLL) with a 2:1 (magna cum laude) award or what in the judgement of the Faculty is regarded as an equivalent standard of theological study.

A basic knowledge of Greek and Hebrew is required, and an appropriate knowledge of two modern languages.

Career Outcomes


Most students who complete the STD (DD) go on to teach in university faculties, seminaries, and theological schools. They also contribute to Church administration and pastoral work, using their extensive study, training, and expertise as resources for their community.

Course Structure

Programme of Study
Public Examination
Publication of Doctoral Dissertation

Application Requirements

In order to register for courses leading to the Doctoral Degree in Divinity (DD), a student must hold at least a Licentiate in Divinity (STL) second honours, Grade I (cum laude) or what in the judgement of the Faculty is regarded as an equivalent standard of theological study. 

A basic knowledge of Greek and Hebrew is required, and an appropriate knowledge of two modern languages. Students whose first language is not English will be required to satisfy the English language requirements